Man With Knife, Rope Busted at Swift's House

Colorado man was wearing mask, told cops he wanted to 'visit' her
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 18, 2018 10:12 AM CDT
Man With Knife Drives 1K Miles to 'Visit' Swift
In this Feb. 4, 2017 file photo, Taylor Swift performs. A man arrested outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Swift was wearing a mask and rubber gloves, had a knife, rope, and ammunition and told police he had driven there from his Colorado home to see the singer.   (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

A Colorado man who was wearing a mask and had a knife in his car when he was arrested outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Taylor Swift was released from custody on Tuesday while police continued their investigation. Julius Sandrock, 38, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stalking after officers went to the home, reports the AP. Swift, who lives in New York, wasn't at the home. Police obtained a temporary restraining order preventing Sandrock from possessing guns. According to the document, Sandrock was wearing a mask and rubber gloves when he was taken into custody and told police he had driven 1,000 miles from his home in Broomfield, Colo., to "visit" Swift, per the Guardian.

Sandrock told officers he owned three handguns and was on probation in Colorado for firing one, police said. A search of his car turned up a knife, rope, ammunition, and more masks and gloves, according to the restraining order. Prescription medications, including oxycodone, were also found and Sandrock told arresting officers that he had depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and manic episodes, according to the document. The arrest followed the April 8 arrest of a homeless man on suspicion of trespassing after he tried to climb a wall at the same property and ignored warnings by security guards to leave. Swift was not at the home. Justin Lilly, 23, was charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced to three days in jail.

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