NEW YORK – A stalker who claimed pop star Taylor Swift was communicating with him on social media was arrested on a burglary charge after attempting to break into the singer’s Manhattan apartment, police said Monday.
Hanks Johnson, 52, was arrested at 8:30 p.m. Saturday after a person, who called 9-1-1, reported that the suspect was without permission inside a building in Tribeca where Swift has an apartment. said a police spokesman.
Johnson was charged with burglary and released on his own word after an arraignment Sunday night. It was unclear if he had an attorney who could comment.
The Daily News reported that outside of court, Johnson made a show of sending direct messages to Swift’s Instagram account and claimed that the predictive text suggestions on his phone were responses from her.
He also showed a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting models Bella and Gigi Hadid, who are friends with Swift, the newspaper said.
Swift, who is back at the top of the charts with her 2008 recording of “Fearless,” has had stalker issues at home on both coasts over the years. Another man was arrested for breaking into his New York apartment in 2018 and taking a nap, police said.