Man who allegedly tried to kidnap 12-year-old referred for competency evaluation

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published November 3, 2021




The attorney for a man who allegedly tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl at a Novi grocery store requested Nov. 3 that he be evaluated psychologically for both competence and criminal responsibility.

During a probable cause hearing, Melissa Krauskopf, attorney for Mathias Mangone, 24, of Dearborn, requested that he be referred to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Center for Forensic Psychiatry for testing for competence and criminal responsibility before proceeding with the case.

“I do think, based on my conversation with him and on the materials I really have discovered thus far, that it would be the most prudent move to refer him to the forensic center,” Krauskopf said.

The request was granted by 52-1 District Court Judge Robert Bondy. However, Bondy declined to address a request by Mangone to represent himself.

“I’m not prepared to address whether you should represent yourself at this time or not until we have these reports compiled by the forensic center,” Bondy said.

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 Mangone allegedly attempted to grab the girl as she shopped with her family.

Mangone was detained without incident, 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, and is currently being held in the Oakland County Jail on a $1 million cash or surety bond.

“Novi is an extremely safe community, but this is proof that these things can happen anywhere,” Novi Police Lt. Jason Meier said in an email late last month. “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.”