2 Arrested For Breaking Into OKC Murder Plot Suspect's Home


Wednesday, May 7th 2014, 12:29 pm
By: News 9


Two men were arrested for breaking into a murder-for-hire suspect's home in Oklahoma City, where authorities found ricin.

According to police, at about 2:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a burglary report at Preston Rhoads' home in the 11000 block of N. McKinley, where authorities found hazardous materials later tested positive for ricin.

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Police say Rhoads planned on killing his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn fetus with the deadly toxin.

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Officers found the two burglary suspects, 32-year-old Ramon Oliver Stephens II and 34-year-old Kevin Thomas Phillips, inside Rhoads' home. Stephens admitted that he entered the house through the back door, and backed his car into the garage so he could load property from the house into the car.

Officers found eight plastic water bottles and a surround sound system in Stephens' car. Police say they decided not to book the recovered property into the property room due to the hazardous materials found in the house during the previous incident.

Both suspects were booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on second-degree burglary charges.

According to the Oklahoma County Sheriff's office, when the suspects were booked into the jail, steps were taken immediately to decontaminate and isolate them. The inmates were both cleared by medical staff, and authorities say they do not believe there was any threat to anyone at the jail.

The police cars and officers involved in the burglary investigation have been decontaminated.

Preston Rhoads is being held in the county jail without bond on charges of attempting to kill another and solicitation to commit murder.