The arrest of well-known businessman Mike Yuchnitz in connection with what police said was a murder-for-hire plot doesn't seem to be hurting his bottom line much.
Yuchnitz, 57, bonded out of jail Monday afternoon on $150,000, but was taken to the University Hospital with an undisclosed illness later that evening. He was arrested Saturday night and charged with solicitation of capital murder.
In the arrest affidavit, police said Yuchnitz tried to pay another person $10,000 to kill his wife, Tina. The person, however, reported it to police and then cooperated with them in their investigation.
Police said they arrested Yuchnitz after he made a $5,000 payment to that person.
Yuchnitz owns a chain of eyeglass stores called My Econo's $39.95 Optical, as well as a several Platinum Tattoo and Body Piercing shops. He gained notoriety as a TV pitchman for the businesses, often dressing in outrageous outfits.
"It saddens me tremendously," said Steve Nemerow, a former employee of the eyeglass centers and friend of Yuchnitz. "They're both good people. It tears me apart to see this happened to him and his family."
The arrest came after Yuchnitz's businesses had shut down for the weekend. On Monday morning, most of them opened as scheduled, and workers fielded calls from concerned customers.
"(They're) just calling about their glasses," said one worker at the Fredericksburg Road location who declined to give her name. "I'm just letting them know we're still open. It's business as usual."
The employee said most customers seem more concerned about the business itself, than the businessman and what he's accused of doing.
Tina Yuchnitz turned down a request for comment outside her home Monday morning.