PD: Jail inmate offers meth for death of victim in upcoming trial

PD: Jail inmate offers meth for death of victim in upcoming trial
Posted at 11:03 AM, Oct 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-23 14:06:19-04

A man in jail, awaiting trial for burglary and sexual assault, allegedly offered meth to have the victim killed.

Court records show that 30-year-old Adrian Art Cerda offered four ounces of methamphetamine to have the victim in his sexual assault case killed. 

Cerda allegedly sent a jail message to another inmate with the victim’s name and address. He also reportedly requested that the victim be stabbed to death, and her body put where no one would find it.

Cerda signed the note and put his jail booking number under his name. 

On October 13, an undercover officer made contact with Cerda in a recorded jail visitation, where he reportedly confirmed the deal, offering meth for the death of the victim.

In the original case, Cerda was allegedly staying at the home of an acquaintance, since he had just been evicted from his home. 

On August 13, 2016, Cerda reportedly showed the victim photos which showed his ex-girlfriend with a "ball gag" in her mouth. This frightened the victim, and she ordered him to leave.

Police say a couple of days later Cerda returned and started trashing the home. He then kicked in the bathroom door and, armed with a knife, sexually assaulted the victim several times.

The victim managed to run away as they went outside to search for a backpack of his, that she had thrown into the dumpster.

Cerda is now being held on a $1,000,000 bond on charges of conspiracy and solicitation to commit 1st-degree murder.