Suspect in Break-in Also Accused of Stalking Rihanna
Los Angeles police charged 26-year-old Eduardo Leon with three felony counts following his break-in into the Hollywood Hills home of pop singer Rihanna. Leon faces charges of stalking, burglary and vandalism. Leon, a Fullerton resident, pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Leon allegedly climbed over a fence and managed to break in to Rihanna’s six-bedroom home by causing a reported $400 worth of damage to her alarm system.
Rhianna Not Home During Break-in
Fortunately, Rhianna was not home during the break-in. Media reports speculate that she may have stayed in New York City following her attendance at New York’s glitzy Met Gala a few days before. She was in Brooklyn’s hip Williamsburg neighborhood the day before the break-in for the launch of her new clothing line, according to Women’s Wear Daily.
But unfortunately, no one else was home during the break-in either. When Rihanna’s assistant finally arrived and called police, it is estimated that the intruder had been inside the singer’s home for about 12 hours – all day. Leon was found relaxing on the sofa and charging his phone in a nearby outlet. There is no word on what if anything he may have been attempting to steal from the home.
Police Tased Break-in Suspect
Police arrived on the scene shortly after Rihanna’s assistant called them. They ordered Leon to leave the home and come outside. Although he did, he allegedly was not cooperative and LAPD officers had to tase him. Leon is also charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.
A week before his successful attempt to break into Rihanna’s home, Leon broke into another home in the area that he believed was the singer’s. He is charged with trespassing and burglary for that incident.
Leon also has been accused of following and allegedly harassing Rihanna earlier in May. Reportedly he made threats that made her fear for her safety.
Leon faces six years in prison if he is convicted of all of the charges against him.
Celebrity home break-ins on the rise
The break-in of Rihanna’s LA home comes on the heels of a break-in of a similar break-in at a New York City home owned by Taylor Swift. Swift also was not in the home at the time of the break-in at her posh Tribeca brownstone. In this case, the man who broke in, who has since been arrested, also stayed in the home for hours and reportedly slept in a bed there.
Swift also had to contend with attempted break-ins at her Beverly Hills mansion last month. As reported by Deep Sentinel, a man was caught trying to climb over a wall surrounding Swift’s property. A few days later, police arrested an armed Colorado man at the Spanish Revival mansion.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the LAPD elite Commercial Crimes Division, a specialized team of investigators, have been working on over a dozen break-ins at area celebrity homes. All have occurred within the past year.
Victims include Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, LA Dodger Yasiel Puig, former Lakers guard Nick Young and others.