The trial began yesterday for Paul Ravi Vangore, 48, of the 1400 block of Pepper Road of the Jenkintown Section of Abington. He was charged in November 2011 with criminal solicitation to commit murder in the first degree, criminal solicitation to commit kidnapping and related charges.
According to a story on phillyburbs.com, Montgomery County District Attorney Matthew Quigg said there are almost two dozen taped conversations between Vangore and an informant.
"The defendant's own words will betray him," Quigg said in the story.
According to the story, defense attorney Brian McMonagle said his client was upset that his wife was "running around on him," but said his client "never solicited killing and you will not hear that on the tapes.”
Vangore has been in Montgomery County Prison since last November in lieu of $25 million bail.
See the initial story on Abington Patch here.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Vangore met with a person over the summer and asked the person to kidnap and kill the man who was “messing around” with his wife. The person contacted Philadelphia Police, who then contacted Abington Police.
The person worked with Abington Police and Montgomery County Detectives as a confidential source.
According to the affidavit, Vangore contacted the confidential source several times, and drove the confidential source to his home on Pepper Road, his wife’s workplace and where she normally ate lunch.
Vangore told the confidential source that the source may have to kidnap and kill two associates of his wife’s lover.
A Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office press release said Vangore’s wife’s lover and his friends were former employees of Vangore’s.
Vangore indicated that he owns the Subway restaurant at The Pavilion on Old York Road.
Vangore was arrested yesterday at Kings Court Buffet in Wyncote after he met with the confidential source and the source’s friend — an undercover Montgomery County Detective. Vangore agreed to a price of $7,500 to kidnap and murder “all three.”
According to the affidavit, following a search of Vangore’s vehicle, police found $9,000 in “pristine,” large-denomination bills in two sealed bank envelopes, as well as photographs of two men and his wife.