Obsessed Taylor Swift stalker who broke into her house says he 'just wanted to speak to her'
Earlier this week, a man was arrested for breaking into Taylor Swift's New York City apartment for the second time in less than a year.
Roger Alvarado, a 23-year-old "fan" of the Shake It Off artist, broke into the second-floor of her Tribeca home at around 2.20am on Thursday morning. Fortunately, Swift was not in the property at the time. He was caught after using a concrete brick to smash through a window, which tripped an alarm and alerted authorities. Before they arrived, though, Alvarado made an attempt to steal some of the singer's personal items.
Since then, when asked about how he feels about his actions in an interview with the New York Post, Alvarado apparently "grinned with wild eyes" and said, "I don't regret it".
When asked if he would make another attempt to break in, he said, "Probably, with more violence, but not towards her."
The stalker then went on to add that he only wants a conversation with her. "I don’t want to hurt her," he said. "I just wanted to speak to her, to talk to her. She seems nice [and] cool."
Alvarado's latest escapade came just 30 days after he was released from prison for his last break-in attempt.
The last incident took place in April last year, and saw the obsessive follower break into the same New York apartment, use Swift's shower, and take a nap on her bed. He was charged with criminal contempt and burglary as a result, and was sentenced to six months in jail with five months probation. Clearly, he did not learn his lesson.
Swift recently admitted that the break-in, along with a number of other incidents, have caused her to fear for her personal safety, and she even carries bandages in case she suffers a gunshot or knife wound.
"My fear of violence has continued into my personal life," she said. "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."
When discussing the details of his crimes, Alvarado seemed thrilled at the idea of messing with Swift's head.
"Does she say my name?" he asked at one point.
The 23-year-old said he made the decision to break in again on a whim this time, and was actually in Miami up until the day before. He broke his probation rules and took a trip up to New York, then rode in a cab to Swift's address. Alvarado claims he then rang the buzzer, and a woman who was not Swift came to the door. She apparently then backed away, "like she was scared," he said.
Alvarado also made some confusing statements about why he's so obsessed with Swift, claiming that he doesn't even like her music that much. "I’m not a superfan," he said. "I listen to a lot of hip-hop."
And, when asked why he hadn't just tried to meet her in the same ways a regular fan would, he said: "Oh, I didn’t think of that. I guess I should have done that first."
Alvarado faces two charges and one felony charge for his most recent actions.