TORONTO - Police in New Mexico are reportedly investigating an alleged macabre plot to mutilate and kill Canadian pop star Justin Bieber.
The claims of a murder-for-hire plot targeting the singer have not been officially confirmed.
A New Mexico media outlet cited unnamed investigators for its report while the Toronto Star said Lieut. Robert McDonald of the New Mexico State Police told the newspaper Bieber was a target in a plot that involved three others.
The Canadian singer's management, asked to comment on the reports, released a statement saying only that they take "every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans."
KRQE News in New Mexico reported that police have arrested two men in the United States in connection with the plot to allegedly murder and castrate Bieber.
The alleged plot — which KRQE News says was planned right down to the paisley tie that would be used to strangle victims — was reportedly foiled after the would-be hit men were arrested in Vermont on outstanding warrants last month before any of the killings were carried out.
The station reports that the two men were outed to police by the person who allegedly came up with the elaborate plot in the first place.
The outlet cites unnamed investigators saying Mark Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane planned to attack Bieber while he was in New York City for a concert a few weeks ago.
KRQE alleges the two men got involved in the plot while in prison, where they met a convicted killer who orchestrated a plot that was to result in four murders.
The news outlet alleges the man behind the plan was Dana Martin, and that he asked Staake and Ruane to head to Vermont first to kill two former acquaintances.
KRQE claims in its report that Martin then ordered the men to target Bieber and his bodyguard. The station says Martin is allegedly obsessed with Bieber and has a tattoo of the Stratford, Ont., native on his leg.