Mishawaka woman charged after tying up man, beating him for hours

Mariah Conn-Wilhelm
Mariah Conn-Wilhelm(St. Joseph County Jail)
Published: Sep. 13, 2022 at 7:56 PM EDT
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MISHAWAKA, Ind. (WNDU) - A Mishawaka woman is facing multiple charges, including criminal confinement and battery, after allegedly holding a man hostage and beating him.

Officers responded to the 500 block of 4th Street on Sept. 7 and found a 61-year-old man naked, beaten, and wearing a ball-gag.

The man told officers he received alarming text messages at 2 a.m. from 28-year-old Mariah Conn-Wilhelm. He feared for her safety and the safety of her 5-month-old son, so he went over to her apartment.

When he arrived, Conn-Wilhelm became angry and began striking the man with a frying pan. Conn-Wilhelm then contacted a friend of hers, identified as “Shannon,” who came to the apartment.

The two proceeded to tie the man up in a rope, chain, and hand restraints and forced a ball gag in his mouth. According to the probable cause affidavit, the two beat the man for a few hours with multiple objects. They then held a gun to his head and ordered him to sell one of his properties and give the money to them.

The man was able to escape and run to a neighbor’s house the next day after Conn-Wilhelm left her apartment. He was taken to the hospital with several broken bones.

Officers searched Conn-Wilhelm’s apartment and found a white, rock-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Conn-Wilhelm has been charged with a total of seven felony charges, including:

  • Criminal confinement resulting in serious bodily injury
  • Armed robbery
  • Robbery resulting in bodily injury
  • Battery resulting in serious bodily injury
  • Intimidation
  • Neglect of a dependent
  • Possession of methamphetamine

Conn-Wilhelm is due in court Sept. 27. Police did not clarify if Conn-Wilhelm’s friend “Shannon” is facing any charges.

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