MAN’S MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT THWARTED
BSO DETECTIVES DISCOVER WEAPONS, AMMO HOARD
- BSO Case Number: BS13-08-1267
- PIO Number: 13-8-18
- Date: August 12, 2013
- Time: 2:51 p.m.
- Place of Occurrence: Dania Beach
- Jurisdiction: Dania Beach
- Megumi Simione, female, 28, 8/3/85, Dania Beach
- Jason Dennis Simione, male, 39, 2/10/74, 4732 S.W. 35 Ave., Dania Beach (IN CUSTODY)
Description of Incident:
Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a Dania Beach man who was trying to find someone to kill his wife and her family and was keeping a cache of weapons in case law enforcement came to get him.
BSO detectives arrested Jason Simione, 39, of Dania Beach on Aug. 12. He was charged with three counts of solicitation to commit murder, possession of a destructive device and child abuse. The BSO SWAT team executed a search warrant at his home after the arrest and found 68 rifles, shotguns and handguns, including a .50 caliber sniper rifle, and approximately 60,000 to 70,000 rounds of assorted ammunition inside. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted. All the guns are legally-owned. They were taken for safekeeping because of a protection order recently obtained by Simione’s wife, 28-year-old Megumi Simione. Jason Simione owns Bulldog Tactical Equipment at 3706 S.W. 30 Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Detectives also found the components of a pipe bomb, though they were not assembled.
Megumi Simione told deputies that her husband had been acting oddly recently and had been giving himself injections of an unknown substance. She discovered that Jason Simione concocted a murder-for-hire plot targeting her, her mother and her brother. He offered acquaintances $150,000 for the three deaths. She also said that on August 9, her husband was holding a 9-month-old baby in his arms while he was arguing with an employee. He became very angry and threw the child onto a table. The baby had a cut on his head and a bruise on his face. Jason Simione recently expressed increasingly hostile and paranoid thoughts while stockpiling the ammunition, weapons and bomb-making materials, witnesses said. He expressed distaste for the U.S. government policies and the president and often used racial epithets. Witnesses told detectives Simione had reinforced his residence to prevent breeches by law enforcement. His bond was set at $5 million.
INVESTIGATORS: VCU Det. Libman, Rivera; Sgt. Rubin, CID
Oakland Park, Dania Beach, SWAT, Crime Scene, ATF
- THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 8/13/13 1400