Text messages sent to short-term rental owner leads to arrest – WKRN News 2

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with scary text messages sent to the owner of a short-term rental property in Nashville’s SoBro neighborhood on Christmas evening.

According to court documents, the property owner received an email on Christmas with the subject line “staying with ya tonight.” Within the email were two pictures: one of the owner’s garage key fob and a selfie of a man inside her apartment bathroom, according to Metro police.

Since no one was scheduled to be in the property on Rep. John Lewis Way South, an employee who helps manage the unit went over and found a handwritten note outside the door, signed with the name John Mattingly.

Metro police reported the employee entered and said hello and a man responded. He reportedly talked with the employee as if nothing was wrong, but when he started digging through a bag, she began to feel uncomfortable and left to call police.

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Jonathan Mattingly (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

When officers arrived, the man was gone and so were items from inside the unit.

On Tuesday, officers arrested John Mattingly, who police were able to track down from a pill bottle left behind in the apartment that matched the note. Metro police also found a booking photo of Mattingly from summer 2022 out of Kentucky, which matched the man in the selfie.

Mattingly was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property. His bond was set at $8,000.

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