|Published:||Jul 30, 2013 11:42 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 30, 2013 6:53 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Bond was set this morning for three Cape Coral men accused of conspiring to kidnap and possibly kill a Georgia business owner.
Lee County deputies arrested Mohamed Aly, Cornell Bunting and Earl Polack Monday morning, as they were driving to Georgia to execute their plan.
Bond was set for Aly and Bunting at $175,000. Polack is being held on $150,000.
All three are due back in court in September.
Now we're learning the Lee County Sheriff's Office had a confidential informant who was meeting with the men for days and learning about their plans.
Their arrest report says that person, "participated in a series of meetings and conversations with the suspects over the course of four days from July 26 through July 29, 2013."
In the early hours of July 29, deputies pulled over the suspects' car at Burnt Store Road and Kismet Parkway. They believe the men were on their way to Georgia to carry out the plot. Deputies found weapons inside that car.
The arrest report also says, "defendants in this case conspired to bring firearms, zip ties, gloves, masks, body armor and a machete..if the intended victim failed to agree to provide the money they sought, the suspects intended to torture and, if necessary, kill the intended victim."
One of Cornell Bunting's neighbors told WINK News she was shocked to learn why he was arrested. "I'm glad nobody got hurt and I'm glad they were able to stop it before anything happened. It's scary, I have three little kids, you know you worry about who lives near you and it's just shocking to see it."