MORGAN COUNTY, Alabama (WHNT) – A man from Hartselle, Alabama, is in custody following an FBI investigation, which claims he attempted to hire someone to kidnap and brutally rape a woman in Wisconsin.
Matthias Jacob Edward Mann, 22, was arrested by the FBI at his family’s home in Hartselle on Thursday morning, where he was charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted to lure someone across the borders of the State for committing a sex crime.
According to court documents, Mann carefully planned an entire attack on a woman he had previously spoken to online but had never met in person.
The documents indicated that Detective Berg of the Owatonna, Minnesota Police Department was monitoring social media messaging platform “Kik” for undercover. On December 29, Berg was monitoring a group called “Kidnapping and R @ pe 3” where users describe various fantasies, request the sexual assault of others (with a known or unknown victim) and exchange rape / sexual assault videos.
Court documents said Berg saw a new user with the pseudonym “Dylan H,” whose Kik account posted to the “Abduction and R @ pe 3” group around 1:29 p.m. that read: “Someone kidnap and rape a * **** in Wisconsin? “
Berg messaged Dylan H. saying he was interested in helping with the request. “Dylan H.” then provided the victim’s name as the person from Wisconsin whom he wanted to have kidnapped and raped. Records indicate that Mann offered Detective $ 2,000 to complete the task.
“Dylan H.” also sent Berg several photos of the woman as well as a physical address in Sun Prarie, Wisconsin. He described her as an “ex-girlfriend” and demanded that she “needs the most brutal **** rape imaginable”.
“Dylan H.” told Berg that he had already tried to do it, but the person who was going to do the act tried to expose him.
Court documents stated that during their conversations, Berg told “Dylan H”. that he lived in Minnesota. “Dylan H.” asked how long it would take to get from where he lived to where the victim lived.
At this point, Berg contacted the Sun Prairie, Wisconsin Police Department to locate the woman to ensure she would be safe. SPPD investigators were able to verify that the woman was a real person and contacted her to inform her of the situation.
The police then drew up a plan to ensure his safety.
On December 30, Berg called out “Dylan H.” and recorded their conversation. During this call, “Dylan H.” confirmed his request to kidnap and rape the woman, saying it was not just a fantasy. Court documents indicated he had confirmed that the woman was a former friend / acquaintance and that he wanted a video of the kidnapping and sexual assault to confirm it was performed as he wanted.
That evening, Berg asked the woman if she knew anyone in Georgia. She remembered the name ‘Matthias Mann’, but told Berg that they only spoke to each other online and had never met in person. She also gave investigators a screenshot of Mann.
The detective continued to speak with “Dylan H.” on Kik and by SMS the first weekend of January. He agreed to pay the detective $ 100 for gasoline and $ 2,000 after the rape was over.
Through a series of subpoenas and search warrants to telephone and Internet service providers, investigators determined that “Dylan H.” had ties to Georgia and Hartselle. Finally, “Dylan H.” has been identified as Matthias Mann.
The woman contacted investigators over the same weekend to tell them that she had received rude messages from the phone number associated with Mann, as well as a $ 10 donation to a GoFundMe she had set up there. is one year old.
On Monday, Mann contacted Berg and told him to mail him the rape video concealed in a DVD case to an address in Hartselle, which is said to be where he lives with his parents.
On Tuesday, FBI agent in Alabama, Christopher Hendon, was contacted by a detective from the Owatonna, Minnesota Police Department, alerting him to the situation. Law enforcement then attended Mann’s address and found a car with his name in the driveway.
Mann sent Detective $ 75 via Zelle on Wednesday for “miscellaneous” expenses.
Mann is currently being held in the Morgan County Jail.
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