An alleged stalker of pop star Taylor Swift has been arrested for the second time in less than a year for breaking into her Manhattan home, police said Thursday. Roger Alvarado, who is already restricted from coming near Swift’s apartment in the Tribeca neighbourhood, broke a window and entered the loft at 2:45 am (0745 GMT) when the singer was away.
The 23-year-old was detained and charged with burglary and criminal contempt, a police spokesperson told AFP.
The accused stalker had last April used a ladder to climb through a window into Swift’s apartment, also when she was not home. A judge slapped him with a restraining order and Alvarado pleaded guilty in December. He had not yet started his six-month jail sentence, which includes mandatory psychiatric treatment.
In February 2018 he was also arrested at Swift’s residence after attempting to break through the door with a shovel.
In an interview published in Elle magazine one day before the latest incident, Swift, the megastar known for hits like “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space,” cited violence as one of her “greatest fears.”
“Websites and tabloids have taken it upon themselves to post every home address I’ve ever had online,” she said. “You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things. We have to live bravely in order to truly feel alive, and that means not being ruled by our greatest fears.”