Taylor Swift stalker arrested after second break-in at her apartment in a year
A man has been arrested for breaking into Taylor Swift's New York City apartment for the second time in less than a year.
Roger Alvarado, 23, broke into the second-floor patio door of Swift's Tribeca home around 2.20am local time on Thursday morning. Luckily, Taylor was not in the property at the time of this frightening incident.
According to an NYPD spokesperson, Alvarado climbed a ladder to the second-floor balcony and used a concrete brick to smash through a glass window. This immediately tripped an alarm and alerted the authorities, while Alvarado entered the apartment and made an attempt to steal some of Swift's personal items.
He was arrested by police officers at the scene after ransacking the place, and now faces charges of stalking, burglary, illegal entry, criminal mischief, criminal contempt and possession of burglary tools.
This isn't the first occasion on which Alvarado has entered Swift's home. Back in December of 2018, he pled guilty to attempted burglary and criminal contempt after breaking into the same apartment, where he took a shower and fell asleep.
As a result of this conviction, Alvarado served six months in prison and was ordered to complete a mental health program to deal with his obsessive tendencies. Prior to this, he had also attempted and failed to break into the front door of the property by using a shovel.
This also isn't the first instance of stalking that Swift has had to endure. In September 2018, she was granted a restraining order against Eric Swarbrick, who had been desperate for any attention from the star for two years. His delusional fantasies had turned violent, and he openly declared: "I want to rape Taylor Swift. This is why I hate Taylor herself ... This is how I know I am Taylor's soulmate. I will not hesitate to kill her ... and there's nothing you, your lawyers, or the law will be about to do about it. Remember who I am."
Then in April 2018, Julius Alexander Sandrock was arrested by police for also attempting to break into the singer's home. Sandrock was wearing a mask and rubber gloves and armed with a knife, live ammunition, and black rope, Luckily, Taylor was not at home the time of this incident.
In an essay written for Elle magazine, Taylor recently disclosed how vulnerable she feels to stalkers and violence, writing: "I carry QuikClot army grade bandage dressing, which is for gunshot or stab wounds. Websites and tabloids have taken it upon themselves to post every home address I’ve ever had online. You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things."