Taylor Swift has long been dealing with obsessed fans and — just days after one was sentenced to 10 years’ probation for threatening to kill her — another one has this time robbed a bank in an attempt to impress her.
NBC Connecticut reports that a 26-year-old Derby, Conn., man named Bruce Rowley robbed a Webster Bank in Ansonia, Conn., on April 4, then proceeded to drive to Rhode Island, where the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer, 28, has a beach house in Watch Hill. It was on the way back, on April 5, that police saw his vehicle — a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee — and there was a pursuit that finally ended over the Connecticut border on I-95 after authorities used spike strips to flatten the suspect’s tires.
While being transported to Ansonia, he told police that he has a “crush” on the 10-time Grammy winner and wanted to impress her. So after he robbed the bank, he drove to her house and took some of the money he stole and threw it over her fence. He also claimed he tried to contact the singer, but she wasn’t home. (A spokesperson for the Ansonia Police Department has not yet responded to Yahoo’s request for comment.)
Rowley, who was bitten in the arm by a Rhode Island State Police K9 when he was taken into custody, confessed to committing the robbery, after he was arrested, according to the police report. During the robbery — which he pulled off without showing a weapon or making any threats — he didn’t wear a disguise and also seemed to drive his own car.
Rowley has been charged with robbery in the second degree and larceny in the fourth degree. According to the news site, he remains in police custody until his May 8 court appearance, and a public defender is representing him.
Swift hasn’t spoken out about this latest fan incident — and her rep hasn’t commented — but she has long been a target. In fact, also on Tuesday, there was a report that a transient tried to scale the wall of her Beverly Hills home and was arrested. And these are far from isolated events: In 2013, a “crazed fan” was arrested for trespassing on the Rhode Island property. The same guy later showed up at her New York City apartment — and was arrested again. We mentioned that a week ago, another man, this time from Kansas, received 10 years of probation for threatening to kill Swift. And then another stalker made it to the hallway outside the door of her NYC apartment last year. Stalking has certainly been a problem that Swift has experienced throughout her stardom.
Amid all this drama, the songstress is enjoying one of the least drama-filled times in her personal life. She has been dating actor Joe Alwyn since last year and, according to reports, she may think he’s “the one.” They’ve been spending a lot of time in his native England and her homes in Manhattan and Nashville.
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