Man allegedly tries to kidnap 12-year-old at Novi grocery store

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published October 26, 2021



A 24-year-old Dearborn man was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly attempted to kidnap a 12-year-old girl inside a Novi Kroger.

At approximately 7:51 p.m. Oct. 24, Novi police received a call of an attempted kidnapping at the Kroger store on Grand River Avenue. A preliminary police investigation revealed that 24-year-old Mathias Mangone allegedly attempted to grab the girl as she shopped with her mother, father and sister.

Once officers arrived, they reportedly identified the suspect and detained him. Mangone was arraigned Oct. 25 in 52-1 District Court and charged with one count of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, a 10-year felony, and one count of attempted kidnapping-child enticement, a five-year felony.

Mangone is currently being held in the Oakland County Jail on a $1 million cash or surety bond.

According to Novi Police Lt. Jason Meier, the girl’s mother twice fought off the suspect until help arrived.

The family is shaken but otherwise unharmed, Meier said.

“Novi is an extremely safe community, but this is proof that these things can happen anywhere,” Meier said in an email. “We encourage parents to always be cognizant of their children’s whereabouts and teach them from an early age what to do when approached by strangers.”

As of the afternoon Oct. 26, Mangone did not have an attorney. He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing in front of 52-1 District Court Judge Robert Bondy at 11 a.m. Nov. 3.