An Apache Junction man was arrested in Phoenix after police say he asked to pay someone up to $400 to “find a young girl for him to rape and kill.”
According to Maricopa County Superior Court records, on July 11, Hugh J. Brand, 69, was arrested and faces charges on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted sexual conduct with a minor and child sex trafficking.
Phoenix police submitted a probable cause statement to the court, that said Brand was found with money, rope, zip ties and a loaded magazine when he was taken into custody.
A woman reported to Phoenix police that Brand offered to pay her up to $400 to “find a young girl for him to rape and kill,” according to court documents. Brand’s initial request was for a 16-year-old girl that he planned to later take to the desert to kill, the woman told police.
Court documents say that Brand later requested that the girl be 14 years old. He also asked the woman to find a gun he could use to shoot the girl.
The woman, who was working with police, phoned Brand to tell him she had a gun and 14-year-old girl. She invited him to meet them at a Super 8 near Northern and 27th avenues.
While on his way to the meeting at the hotel, Phoenix police said they witnessed Brand obtain cash from an ATM and then stop at a Harbor Freight Tools to buy rope and zip ties.
Phoenix Police took Brand into custody at the hotel.
Court documents detail that during an interview with police, Brand admitted to having conversations about “getting a girl” and offering $400 for it but did not recall discussing the girl’s age.
“He said the conversation was fantasy and does not think he could have carried out the acts discussed,” the documents said.
Brand is being held on a $2 million bond. Phoenix police requested a high bond, noting that Brand was “a danger to society and children and has access to weapons.”