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Alleged Kidnapper Charged in Murder for Hire Plot

Mar 11, 2016 10:30AM ● Published by Shannon Antinori

Daniel E. Perkins. Photo provided by the Kendall County Sheriff's Office.

An Oswego man facing several felony charges after allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint last June is now accused in a jailhouse murder for hire plot.

Daniel E. Perkins, 40, was arrested June 26, 2015, after allegedly kidnapping a woman from a home in downtown Oswego, police said last summer.

Officers were called to the home, but before they arrived, Perkins allegedly forced the woman into a car and drove her around for two hours, according to police. During the drive, he allegedly tossed the gun into a lake in Aurora. Police said Perkins then drove the woman back to the home, where officers took him into custody.

The weapon was later recovered with the assistance of the Aurora Fire Department Dive Team. 

Less than two weeks after Perkins’ arrest, sheriff’s detectives and Oswego police on July 6, 2015, received a tip that Perkins was allegedly soliciting the murder of an acquaintance, police said.

Kendall County Detective Sgt. Joseph Jasnosz said Perkins has been in custody at the Kendall County jail since his arrested last June.

After a joint investigation by sheriff's detectives and police, the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Perkins March 8 with solicitation of murder for hire, solicitation of murder and conspiracy to commit witness intimidation.

Bond for Perkins, who is currently in custody at the Kendall County jail,  has been set at $1.5 million.

Perkins also faces charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault, kidnapping and being an armed habitual criminal in connection with the June 2015 alleged kidnapping. A pre-trial court date is scheduled for March 24.

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