Dancer accused of plot to kill boyfriend

Ruxton man targeted for money, police say

June 08, 2000|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

A love affair between a Baltimore exotic dancer and a wealthy Ruxton resident nearly cost him his life when, city prosecutors allege, the woman hired a hit-man so she could collect his $300,000 life insurance policy.

Basil Brown Bradford Jr., a 34-year-old businessman, doesn't believe it.

"I would still characterize her as a friend," Bradford said in an interview yesterday. "I am not particularly convinced the threat was real."

Prosecutors disagree.

The Baltimore County woman and two Prince George's County men are being held without bail in the Baltimore City Detention Center, accused of a murder-for-hire scheme.

Bradford's former girlfriend, Rosemary Acfalle Cing, 31, a dancer at the Wagon Wheel bar in the 800 block of North Point Road, was indicted Tuesday by a Baltimore grand jury on charges of solicitation to murder and conspiracy to murder Bradford.

The club's bouncer, Don Ricardo Tate Sr., 46, and his son Don Ricardo Tate Jr., 18, have been charged by police with conspiracy to commit murder, court records show.

Cing was arrested and charged May 6. The Tates were arrested and charged Friday.

Prince George's County police received a tip in March that the Tates, who live in Fort Washington, were involved in an alleged plan to kill Bradford, according to court records.

Because the plan is alleged to have been hatched here, at the East Baltimore strip club, city police and prosecutors have taken over the case.

Cing, a Rosedale resident also known as Rosemary Santos, is scheduled to be arraigned in Baltimore Circuit Court on Aug. 10, according to city prosecutors.

Police allege in court records:

Cing promised to pay Tate Sr. $5,000 if he shot Bradford while she was on a two-week trip to Las Vegas. She was the beneficiary of Bradford's $300,000 life insurance policy.

In February, she gave Tate $250 to buy a gun and $500 in "good faith" money. She also gave him two photographs of Bradford, his business card, home address, telephone number and a picture of his Porsche, showing the license plate number.

On March 6, Tate drove Cing to the airport for her trip to Las Vegas.

"Cing instructed Tate Sr. to make sure Bradford was murdered while she was out of town," the court documents charge.

But as Cing flew out of Baltimore, the plan was beginning to unravel, the documents show.

Prince George's County police heard about the alleged plot and questioned Tate Jr. He told police that his father had asked him to carry out the killing and he was "negotiating" to buy a 9 mm pistol. Police then interviewed Tate Sr., who confessed and outlined the plan, the documents allege.

"At first, Tate Sr. didn't believe that Cing was serious but eventually she convinced (him) that she wanted Bradford dead," the documents allege. Tate Sr. gave police all the pictures and documents that Cing had given him to track down Bradford, court records show.

Police then told Bradford.

In the interview yesterday, Bradford, who owns a demolition equipment business, said he was concerned at first, but then began to think that Cing did not want to kill him. He said he believed the Tates were "trying to take advantage" of her, he said.

Bradford, an alumnus of St. Paul's School and honors graduate from the University of Maryland, said he met Cing through a mutual friend at another nightclub and that he and the woman dated for at least two years.

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