ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—U.S. immigration authorities have arrested a Canadian man who has twice been convicted of trespassing at the California home of model and Kardashian family member Kendall Jenner.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday that John Ford, 38, was arrested earlier this week in the parking lot of an Albuquerque motel after agents received a tip that he was in New Mexico.
Authorities said Ford, who has an expired visitor’s visa, remains in federal custody in El Paso, Texas, awaiting a hearing on his immigration case. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.
— ICE (@ICEgov) March 29, 2019
Los Angeles police have arrested him twice in the past year, resulting in misdemeanor convictions and jail time. Most recently, he was found in Jenner’s swimming pool.
Immigration agents acted quickly on the tip to ensure Ford’s obsessive behavior did not escalate into a tragedy, said Jack P. Staton, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in El Paso.
“This timely arrest could very well have prevented a violent crime,” he said.
— KOB 4 (@KOB4) March 29, 2019
Jenner’s family thanked Los Angeles police and immigration authorities for their work, explaining in a statement that Ford’s actions have had “a severe impact” on Jenner’s life and the family’s sense of security.
KARDASHIAN-JENNER STATEMENT ON ICE ARREST OF KENDALL’S STALKER:
“We are extremely appreciative of the hard work by the Los Angeles Police Department and ICE, whose swift response and professionalism led to this man’s apprehension…” pic.twitter.com/0r20158WC0
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) March 29, 2019
Immigration records show that Ford had entered the U.S. at Sweetwater, Montana, a year ago with a visa that allowed him to remain in the country no longer than six months.
Police: After Jail, Taylor Swift’s Stalker Breaks In Again
Taylor Swift is another celebrity in the midst of avoiding stalkers. A man recently jailed for breaking into Taylor Swift’s New York City townhouse was arrested early Mar. 8 after, police say, he did it again.
Roger Alvarado, 23, of Homestead, Florida, climbed a ladder and smashed a glass door to get inside the pop star’s pad around 2:30 a.m. local time, police said.
No one was home, according to police, who did not provide information on how he was caught. A message requesting comment was emailed to Swift’s publicist.
Alvarado, on probation after getting out of jail Feb. 5, faces stalking and burglary charges. Court records didn’t list a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.
This is at least the third time Alvarado has been arrested at Swift’s home. The “Shake It Off” singer owns an $18 million, three-story building in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood.
A break-in in April, 2018, in which police say Alvarado used Swift’s shower and slept in her bed, put him behind bars for more than nine months. As part of the sentence, a judge also ordered Alvarado to complete a mental-health program.
JUST IN: @NYPD1Pct arrests Roger Alvarado for breaking into @taylorswift13‘s Tribeca apartment, showering and sleeping there. He’s charged with Stalking, Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespassing. pic.twitter.com/gbVp2flnBY
— Myles Miller (@MylesMill) April 21, 2018
Two months before that, he was arrested for allegedly breaking the front door with a shovel.
Swift wasn’t home on either occasion.
Swift told Elle Magazine that she fears violence and takes precautions, such as carrying military-grade quick-clotting agents to stop bleeding from potential gunshot or stab wounds.
“Websites and tabloids have taken it upon themselves to post every home address I’ve ever had online,” Swift told the magazine. “You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things.”