Police: Online love scam leads investigators to killing plot

Police: Online love scam leads investigators to killing plot
This undated photo provided by the Wake City-County Bureau of Identification on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, shows Roxanne Reed, 65, of Garner, N.C. She was accused of plotting to kill her 88-year-old mother after police investigated an online romance scam she was involved in. (AP Photo/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification)

GARNER, N.C. (AP) — Police say an online romance scam led them to the discovery that a North Carolina woman was plotting to kill her 88-year-old mother who she lived with.

According to jail records, 65-year-old Roxanne Reed, of Garner, was arrested Sunday and charged with felony conspiracy to commit murder.

Garner Police Capt. Joe Binns said relatives alerted police to concerns that Reed was being scammed by someone who was using romantic pretenses to get her to send money. Binns said Reed described plans to kill her mother in text messages to the online scammer. Investigators haven’t determined who the scammer is.

Binns said the motive for plans to kill the mother — who’s safe — appeared financial. He didn’t know if Reed, who was held in jail Tuesday, had an attorney.