An obsessed Taylor Swift fan has been ordered to stay away from the pop superstar’s New York home after allegedly breaking into the property for a second time. Florida native Roger Alvarado was arrested on Friday, April 20 after police responded to a call about a burglary at the Franklin Street townhouse in the upscale area of SoHo.
The 22-year-old was charged with felony stalking, burglary, criminal mischief, and criminal trespass. Prosecutors claim Alvarado had used a ladder to enter the empty home, where he then took a shower and passed out on the musician’s couch.
He was hauled into court on Saturday, April 21, when Judge Herbert Moses slapped him with a new protection order, banning the overzealous devotee from going anywhere near Swift’s estate. Authorities called for Alvarado to be held on $75,000 bail, explaining, “His behaviour shows no regard for the court order and the criminal justice system.”
The judge settled on $50,000 bond.
The suspect had previously been arrested on February 13 after he was accused of throwing a shovel through the front door of the same property. An order of protection was issued against him at the time, and a hearing was set for March 27, but he was a no-show for the court date, according to the New York Daily News.
Swift bought the apartment earlier this year for $18 million. It is one of three properties she has purchased in the Franklin Street complex.
The “Shake It Off” hitmaker’s homes have been targets for trespassers of late. Earlier this month, a 23-year-old homeless man who was taken into custody by police after trying to scale a wall at her Beverly Hills property. He was charged with a misdemeanour and sentenced to three days in prison.
Meanwhile, Julius Sandrock was arrested outside the house on April 14 on suspicion of felony stalking. The 38-year-old was reportedly found in possession of a knife, ammunition, and a rope. He was released on $150,000, and has since become a wanted man in Colorado for violating his probation by getting arrested.
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