Man arrested for harassing Taylor Swift and trying to break into her New York apartment
New York police arrested a person accused of harassing and threatening Taylor Swift near her Manhattan apartment twice in early 2022.
Joshua Christian, 35, of Brooklyn, New York, was charged with harassment and trespassing, according to a New York Police Department (NYPD) report, allegedly shouted on the intercom to Swift’s building and harassed the singer . When he broke into the building, he was confronted by security and fled on foot. Christian was previously arrested in June after threatening to hurt Swift if she didn’t want to be with him.
“March 26, 2022, around 11:05 a.m. [11:05 pm]the suspect entered a residential building located [in Tribeca] and stayed in the main entrance, through an unlocked door, and stayed illegally. When security told the individual to leave, he then fled the scene on foot,” an NYPD spokesperson said. “On June 12, 2022, at approximately 10:47 a.m., the suspect entered a residential building located [in Tribeca] and made threats over the intercom to a 32-year-old woman.
Although specific details of Christian’s arrest have not been released, he was taken into custody on June 30 at the NYPD 1st Precinct.
Christian is one of many people who have been arrested for unlawfully harassing, penetrating and harassing Swift over the past three years. In 2019, barefoot 26-year-old Richard Joseph McEwan broke into Swift’s Rhode Island beach home and was charged with breaking and entering and trespassing. Twice, in April 2018 and March 2019, Roger Alvarado broke into Swift’s New York City apartment and was even found by police sleeping in her bed after taking a shower at her home. In 2021, Hanks Johnson, 52, was also taken into custody for trespassing after he allegedly tried to enter the singer’s Manhattan apartment.
“You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start setting yourself up for bad things,” Swift said in a 2019 interview. “Every day I try to remember the good in the world, the love I have witnessed and the faith I have in humanity.
Swift added, “We have to live bravely to feel truly alive, and that means not being ruled by our greatest fears.”
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