Noblesville couple accused with plotting ex-wife’s murder, arrested in New Jersey
MIDDLESEX COUNTY, N.J. – A Noblesville couple was arrested following a three-month investigation after being accused of plotting the murder of the husband’s ex-wife.
Narsan Lingala, 54. and Sandya Reddy, 51, were arrested and both charged with conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder after alleging hiring an undercover officer to murder the New Jersey woman. The two appeared via video in a Middlesex County, New Jersey courtroom Monday afternoon to hear the charges against them.
A three-month investigation included the FBI, Middlesex County Prosecutors Office and Woodbridge, NJ Police Dept. Court documents filed in Middlesex County say investigators received information from an individual that Lingala was planning to hire a “hit man” to kill his ex-wife in North Brunswick, NJ.
But the “hit man” was actually an undercover officer investigating the case.
“On Aug 18, 2018, Lingala and Reddy met with the UC (under cover) to further discuss plans of killing the ex-wife,” court documents state. “During the meeting, the defendants provided pictures of the ex wife, photos of the home. Reddy further provided a video taped statement, which she indicated her knowledge of the charged crimes.”
Circumstances leading up to the arrests and further background on the case have not been released by the prosecutors office.
News of the alleged murder-for-hire plot came as a shock to residents in the Prairie Lakes of Noblesville townhome community, located near 141st Street and Cumberland Road.
C.J. Brummel says the couple lived just about 50 feet from his front door, and they just moved in a few months ago.
“It’s pretty crazy, I mean this is a pretty quiet neighborhood,” Brummel said. “I’ve never heard of any crime going on here.”
At this time, there’s no indication that any crimes occurred in Noblesville while Lingala and Reddy were living there. The history involving Lingala and his ex-wife all seem to be rooted in New Jersey, and it’s not clear what brought the two to Indiana. But Brummel says it’s unnerving to think that neighbors so close to his home spent several months allegedly hatching a murder-for-hire plot.
“We’ve met every neighbor around here except for them,” Brummel said.
The Bridgewater Courier news reported a public defender entered not-guilty pleas for Lingala and Reddy, and a detention hearing was set for Tuesday.
The Middlesex County prosecutor’s office issued this statement:
“Lingala and Reddy will have their first court appearance today in New Jersey Superior Court. The defendants will be informed of the charges and the Criminal Justice process in New Jersey. With charges of this magnitude, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office will file a motion for Pretrial Detention to keep the defendants incarcerated pending trial due to risk of flight and the danger to the community. The Detention Hearing will be scheduled for later this week.”
Anyone with more information is asked to contact authorities at 732-635-7700.