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Joseph Mosis Pittsburg man arrested for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to dismember former employees

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A Pittsburg man who was arrested last week after allegedly trying to hire a hitman to dismember one of his former employees has been charged with one felony count of attempted aggravated mayhem. Joseph Mosis, 52, appeared on the charge in a Martinez courtroom today but did not enter a plea. He is set to return to court for further arraignment on March 6. Mosis owns Antioch plastic cutting and aluminum framing business Monsam Enterprises.

He was arrested last Friday after meeting with someone he thought was a hitman about a plan to “dismember” a former employee, according to Pittsburg police Lt. Ron Raman. He and the ex-employee had had a labor dispute for which the former worker received a settlement, police said.

Around 10 p.m. Friday, Mosis met with who he believed was a hitman and described in graphic detail how he wanted the employee to be brutally disfigured, according to police. The “hitman” was actually an undercover Pittsburg police officer and arrested Mosis on suspicion of attempted aggravated mayhem.

The undercover meeting happened after the police department received information that the suspect was looking to hire “an enforcer” to “take care” of the former employee, Raman said. Mosis was taken to county jail in Martinez, where he remains in custody in lieu of $1.5 million bail. Police said he does not have any criminal history.

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