Two hit men from Albuquerque, New Mexico have been arrested for plotting to kidnap, kill, and castrate Justin Bieber at his Madison Square Garden show.
Mark Staake, 41, and his 23-year-old nephew Tanner Ruane were arrested in Vermont. They were accused of plotting to kidnap and kill four people on behalf of Dana Martin, who is serving two life sentences for the 2000 rape and murder of a Vermont girl. Staake met Martin in Las Cruces state prison.
Tuesday, KRQE, citing investigators, said the popstar and his bodyguard were two of the targets.
A New Mexico police affidavit states Staake and Ruane allegedly planned to first travel from New Mexico to Vermont and kill two witnesses to Martin’s crime, then go after Bieber.
The plot allegedly was planned for when the 18-year-old singer performed sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28. Police said the 45-year-old Martin was obsessed with Bieber and has a tattoo of him on one of his legs.
Police said Martin directed the would-be hit men to strangle Bieber and the others with a paisley tie, Martin’s “calling card,” KRQE said. But he apparently changed his mind and notified authorities about the plot before Staake and Ruane could commit the crimes.
Staake was arrested in Vermont on outstanding warrants, but police let Ruane go. Police recorded phone calls Ruane made to Martin from New York, telling him that he was “disappointed he couldn’t carry out the murders,” KRQE writes.
Ruane was found in possession of pruning shears, when he was eventually apprehended by New York Police.
Scary story! Do you think the Biebs will be beefing up security??
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