Law enforcement in Mississippi this 7 days arrested a man they say frequently threatened to assault and rape female genuine estate brokers in a number of counties.
The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Division declared Tuesday that Frank Mainka, 44, had been arrested after fleeing across point out strains. In accordance to regional information station WCBI, the circumstance commenced soon after law enforcement acquired stories of disturbing phone calls and text messages left for agents. The messages described “violent events” the caller preferred to commit, the station described, citing the regional sheriff.
The phone calls reportedly commenced late very last month and in the end prompted the Better Golden Triangle Realtors Fb group to problem a warning to members on Dec. 29.
“An unidentified male is threatening to have his wife set up an appointment to perspective a home exactly where he says he will display up and rape the attending Real estate agent!” the Fb group warned. “He has produced other threats and boasts he has carried out this 4 situations, two times on the coast and two times in Starkville.”
Police described a related problem, according to WCBI, noting multiple situations in which the gentleman threatened to demonstrate up and rape agents.
The sheriff’s division ultimately sent a deputy to converse with an agent who been given the messages. While the deputy was conversing to the agent, WCBI described, the guy termed back again however once again, enabling the deputy to listen to firsthand what was going on.
Investigators inevitably employed cell phone data and social media posts to trace the calls and messages to Mainka, who in accordance to area station WTVA is a convicted sex offender on parole for cyber stalking, weapons possession and other crimes. When law enforcement attempted to make contact with Mainka, he reportedly fled to Arkansas, the place he was in the end arrested.
Authorities extradited Mainka back again to Mississippi on Monday and he is being held on $100,000 bond.
According to WCBI, law enforcement in other jurisdictions all-around Mississippi have acquired experiences of identical action and consider Mainka a suspect in these incidents as properly.
The scenario highlights the security difficulties several agents deal with on a every day basis. And though it appears so far that this individual rash of threats didn’t outcome in precise attacks on agents, other marketplace members have not been so lucky. On New Year’s Eve 2019, for instance, a Minneapolis brokers was lured to a household displaying in which she was kidnapped and then fatally shot. In mid 2020, a Virginia agent was strike over the head much more than 10 periods with a crescent wrench throughout an open household. She survived, but faced a prolonged highway to restoration.
In August 2020, law enforcement in Ohio arrested two adult males with making an attempt to abduct a woman genuine estate agent as she was making ready to show a property. Just weeks later, an agent in Utah was exhibiting a household when she opened a doorway and discovered a man with a rifle. Law enforcement stated the guy pointed the gun at the agent and instructed her to leave.
Previous calendar year, a true estate agent also killed two other agents at a New York brokerage just before having his have lifetime. Months later, law enforcement in Florida arrested a guy on fees of stalking and harassing two perfectly-identified superstar brokers and TikTokers.
This sort of incidents have prompted a discussion in the business about safety and the want for brokers to observe their backs.
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