taylor swift's stalker arrested as he attempted to break into her apartment.
Taylor Swift [photo courtesy]
byApril 20, 2021
A stalker has recently been arrested on a trespassing charge after trying to break into Taylor Swift's Manhattan apartment, police said Monday.
The stalker, who goes by the name of Hanks Johnson, claimed that the pop star has been communicating with him on social media.
The 52-year-old was arrested at 8:30 p.m. Saturday after a 911 caller reported he was inside Swift's Tribeca building without permission, a police spokesperson said.
Johnson was charged with criminal trespass and released on his recognizance after an arraignment Sunday night.
News reports that Johnson made a show of sending direct messages to Swift's Instagram account outside the courthouse and claimed the predictive text suggestions on his phone were replies from her.
He also showed off a restraining order barring him from contacting models Bella and Gigi Hadid, who are friends of Swift's, the newspaper said.
Swift has in the past dealt with numerous stalkers who have found their way into her homes.
A different man was arrested for breaking into her New York apartment in 2018 and taking a nap, police said.