WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) – A West Hollywood esthetician has been arrested in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire plot.

While investigating a cyber-stalking case earlier this week, “separate information was obtained regarding an alleged solicitation for murder,” according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Fraud and Cyber Crimes Bureau.

Dawn DaLuise, who owns Skin Refinery (8543 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood), was arrested Wednesday.

“The investigation is still ongoing relative to the male allegedly contacted by DaLuise to perform murder for hire. The motive for the alleged crime is over a business dispute with an esthetician competitor,” the department said in a statement.

DaLuise, who is being held on $1 million bail, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

According to DaLuise’s Web site, her celebrity clients have included: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Alicia Silverstone, Christina Ricci and Alyson Hannigan.

CBS2’s Joy Benedict spoke to Gabriel Suarez, the alleged intended target of the hit and owner of Smooth Cheeks.

“I’m feeling a little uneasy,” Suarez said, “I’d really like this to be resolved quickly.”

He also told Benedict that when it came to DaLuise, “I don’t even know her. So I really can’t say anything.”

Anyone with information about the case was asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau at (661) 287-4096.


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