MORGAN COUNTY, Alabama (WHNT) – A man from Hartselle is in custody following an FBI investigation, which says 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. His charges include an attempted kidnapping and an attempt to instigate someone to cross state borders to commit a sex crime.
According to court documents released on January 6, the details below show how Mann carefully planned an entire attack on a woman he had previously spoken to online but had never met in person.
Detective Berg of the Owatonna, Minnesota, Police Department was monitoring social media messaging platform “Kik” undercover. On December 29, 2021, Berg was monitoring a group called “Kidnapping and R @ pe 3” where users describe various fantasies, request the sexual assault of others (with known or unknown victim) and exchange rape / sexual assault videos . .
Court documents indicate that Berg saw a new user with the pseudonym “Dylan H”, whose Kik account posted a message in the “Kidnapping and R @ pe 3” group around 1:29 p.m. that read: “Someone can kidnapping and raping a * **** in Wisconsin? “
Detective Berg texted Dylan H. saying he was interested in helping with the request. Dylan H. provided the victim’s name as a person from Wisconsin whom he wanted to have abducted and raped. Records indicate that Mann offered detective $ 2,000 to kidnap and rape the woman.
Dylan H. also sent Detective Berg several photos of the woman as well as a physical address in Sun Prarie, Wisconsin. He described her as an “ex-friend” and demanded that she “needs the most brutal **** rape imaginable”.
Dylan H. told Detective Berg that he had already tried to do it, but the person who was going to do the act tried to report him.
During their conversations, court documents indicate that Berg told Dylan H. 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, Detective Berg contacted the Sun Prairie Police Department (SPPD) in Wisconsin 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 Dylan H. and recorded their conversation. During that call, Dylan H. confirmed his request to kidnap and rape the woman, stating that it was not just a fantasy. Court documents also say he confirmed the woman was a former friend / acquaintance and said he would like video of the kidnapping and sexual assault to confirm it was performed as he wanted. .
That evening, Detective 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 weekend of January 1 and 2. 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, Alabama. Eventually he was 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 and a $ 10 donation to a GoFundMe she set up a year ago. .
On January 3, records show Mann contacted Detective Berg and told him to mail the video of the rape concealed in a DVD case to him to an address in Hartselle, believed to be where he lives with his parents.
On January 4, FBI agent in Alabama, Christopher Hendon, was contacted by a detective from the Owatonna, Minnesota Police Department, warning him of the situation. Law enforcement then attended Mann’s address and found a car with his name in the driveway.
On January 5, Mann sent Detective $ 75 via Zelle for “miscellaneous” expenses.
Mann is being held in the Morgan County Jail.
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