Justin Bieber target of foiled murder plot? Report says N.M. men had a plan
Mark Staake, 41, and his 23-year-old nephew Tanner Ruane were allegedly plotting with convicted killer Dana Martin, who is serving two life sentences for raping and killing a 15-year-old girl. Investigators believe the mastermind was the 45-year-old Martin, who they say recruited Staake while the two were in prison together. Staake, in turn, enlisted his nephew.
Police say Staake and Ruane had planned to attack Bieber at a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City a few weeks ago, KRQE reports.
Staake was arrested in Vermont on outstanding warrants, but Ruane reportedly made it to New York where cops say they recorded phone calls of him telling Martin he was disappointed he couldn't carry out the murders. KRQE reports New York police arrested Ruane, who they say had murder tools and pruning shears with him.
According to the station, Martin is obsessed with Bieber and has a tattoo of him on his leg. He allegedly gave orders that the four victims be strangled with a paisley tie, the kind Martin used as his calling card, and then castrated.
Martin himself reportedly tipped off police about Staake and Ruane's intentions and revealed the alleged plot to kill Bieber and his bodyguard. The purported plan also called for killing two unnamed people in Vermont.
- Report: Dogs removed from kidnap suspect Castro's home
- Ariel Castro's lawyer says he'll plead not guilty
- Meeting Jodi Arias: First impressions never lie, or do they?
- Jodi Arias jury finds killing merits possible death penalty
- 'Kai the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker' arrested
- "The War in Chicago": A 48 Hours investigation
- Creighton Univ. professor, wife, found slain in Omaha home
- Cops: Hofstra student died in police-involved shooting
- 17-year-old charged with murdering two Ohio brothers
- Cops: DNA confirms remains those of Ga. college freshman
- Moxley's friend testifies in Skakel appeal trial
- Berlusconi "bunga bunga" parties detailed at Italian trial
- Defense lawyer: Jodi Arias will speak "about who she is"
- Boy, 12, appears in court in sister's fatal stabbing
- Arias jury hears of anguish from murder victim's family
- Texas woman's body found 2 days after 911 call