Janice Zengotita-Torres, 42, was leaving a Ross Dress for Less near Kissimmee last Sunday night when the suspected contract killers - Alexis Ramos-Rivera, 22, and his girlfriend Glorianmarie Quinones Montes - followed her home and forced Zengotita-Torres into the back of her own auto and drove her to an apartment near The Mall at Millenia in Orlando.
"The victim was not the actual target of the murder for hire that was actually killed".
Zengotita-Torres was bound and suffocated with garbage bags, Gibson said.
She chose to hire Alexis Ramos-Rivera and his girlfriend, Glorianmarie Quinones Montes, to kill the woman, but they mistook Zengotita-Torres for their target and abducted her instead.
They say she wanted them to kill a romantic rival who worked at a Ross Dress for Less store in Kissimmee.
Following a progression of exchanges, police captured Lopez-Ramos, who drove them to the next two suspects for the situation. They followed Janice Zengotita-Torres home and forced her into the back of her auto.
Zengotita-Torres' vehicle was later found in Orange County, Gibson said.
Lopez Ramos was tracked down through the stolen bank card and was caught while making a withdrawal with it, all while reportedly wearing the victim's clothes.
The sheriff's office says the "murder-for-hire" became a case of "mistaken identity" and that the victim was not the intended target.
Gibson praised the actions of the family in securing the arrests.
"The heinous murder of our own citizens will not be tolerated in Osceola County", he said, according to the Sentinel.
Ramos beat the woman until she passed out, Gibson said, and she eventually died of suffocation from the garbage bags.
All three of the people involved have been charged with first-degree murder. "This mother, this wife, this daughter, for no reason at all", Sheriff Russell Gibson told the news station.
Investigators told WFTV that Ishnar Lopez-Ramos, 35, allegedly hired Glorianmarie Quinones-Montes, 22, and Alexis Ramos-Rivera, 22, to carry out a hit on a woman he had been in a relationship with.
The woman who was the intended target of the murder-for-hire plot has been notified about the scheme against her but has denied protective services, deputies said.