ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man is accused of hiring someone to rough up his wife, only to find out the person he hired was an undercover cop.

“I didn’t talk to him much though, but when I did say ‘Hi’ he was friendly,” said Victoria Becerra.

Becerra has lived next to Christopher Tapia near I-40 and Unser for the last five years. Little did she know, she was living next to a man who police think has a very dark side. He’s accused of hiring a hit man to kill his ex-wife.

State Police say that hit man told them about it, so they sent in an undercover officer posing as a hit man to strike a deal with Tapia.

According to the criminal complaint, Tapia wanted his ex-wife “expired to where she wouldn’t be a problem.” He then agreed to pay the undercover agent $1,500 to beat his ex-wife to the point where she’d be hospitalized for a month.

Tapia also wanted the hit man to find a couple of boys aged 15 to 16 to help with the beating and pay them $500. Eventually, Tapia told the undercover officer he no longer needed his help. Police then learned Tapia had bought a rifle and ammo. They think he may have changed plans and hired another hit man.

Now Becerra says she just hopes he stays away from the neighborhood.

“I do feel scared living next to him, just knowing that he would even think of doing that.”

Tapia has been released from custody after posting a $50,000 bond.

This isn’t the first time Christopher Tapia has been in trouble with the law. According to online court records, he has been arrested for domestic violence, harassment and for violating restraining orders.