MADISON, Wis. - A Mt. Horeb man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman, who later escaped at a Monona gas station, had his cash bond set at $50,000 in court Friday afternoon.
Mathew Levin, 50, was in Dane County court on multiple felony charges in connection with an incident Monday night.
Levin is accused of offering to give a stranger a ride home, but instead kidnapping her, driving her to the auto shop he owns in Monona and sexually assaulting her. The woman was able to escape at the Shell gas station on East Broadway in Monona.
According to a criminal complaint, the 25-year-old woman was at a restaurant off East Washington saying she needed a ride and Levin offered to take her to her home. Along the way, he started getting weird, so the woman asked him to just drop her off, and he told her no. As he drove, at one point, Levin drove on the shoulder to get around vehicles at a traffic light so the woman couldn’t jump out of the moving vehicle. He drove her to a parking lot near the Menards on Femrite Drive, shoved her into the back of the vehicle, choked her and told her not to scream. He told her he was going to rape her, took off her shirts, and started assaulting her, the complaint said.
The complaint said the woman was able to convince Levin she had a sexually transmitted disease, and he drove her to the Shell station nearby to buy condoms. He told her if she ran, he would find her, and he also threatened to harm her loved ones. He took her shirts inside with him, and while he was inside, she ran out of the vehicle wearing only her bra, hid, and once he left, she ran inside the gas station to ask for help and a shirt. The clerk told her to leave, so she grabbed a shirt and ran out without paying for it. She ran into the nearby Menards and used a phone to call for a ride.
Police said that when police searched Levin’s business, they found the woman’s black zip-up jacket, pink tank top and black crop top-style shirt hidden inside along with the condoms Levin had bought at the Shell station.
The gas station clerk said Levin had scratches on his face with small droplets of blood when he came inside to buy condoms.
Levin is facing charges of second-degree sexual assault, strangulation, false imprisonment and kidnapping. Court Commissioner Brian Asmus set cash bond at $50,000 and ordered that Levin be put on GPS monitoring if he posts bond. Levin can't leave Dane County or have weapons while on bond.
A status conference on the case was set for 1:30 p.m. on April 9.
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