Deputies eventually tracked down a friend of Gondola's who told them that Gondola had reached out to him to ask for help robbing an elderly couple. The friend told deputies that he told Gondola he didn't want to take part in the robbery.
The friend told deputies Gondola contacted him again on July 9 and asked to meet him at a 7-Eleven, where he said he had shot the couple and needed help getting rid of their bodies. The friend agreed, but then backed out once he got to the neighborhood.
Cellphone records showed the friend had driven to the home, and surveillance video from the 7-Eleven showed the friend and Gondola meeting up.
When deputies confronted Gondola again, he told them he was planning to extort the couple, who had about $1 million in savings and life insurance.
He was arrested on first-degree murder charges.