Johnson Armed 'Stalker' Arrested
A crazed fan of Olympic gymnast SHAWN JOHNSON has been arrested for attempting to break onto the set of U.S. TV show DANCING WITH THE STARS to meet the contestant.
Robert O'Ryan, 34, was allegedly caught by security on Monday (23Mar09) as he tried to jump a fence at CBS Studios in Los Angeles, where the show was filming.
Police later searched O'Ryan's car where they discovered a shotgun and handgun as well as duct tape and love letters, reports TMZ.com.
He was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning (24Mar09).
O'Ryan later admitted he was attempting to meet the 17-year-old, reportedly telling cops that he had "packed all his belongings and permanently left Florida to drive out here to be with (Johnson)."
Johnson's mother, Teri, requested and received a temporary restraining order from the L.A. Superior Court on Wednesday (24Mar09).
O'Ryan has been ordered to stay 300 feet (91 metres) away from Johnson and not to harass her parents or TV dancing partner Mark Ballas.
His bail has been set at $35,000 (£23,000).
Johnson's representative Susan Madore tells People.com, "The matter has been turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. It is currently an ongoing investigation and we are confident that it will be handled appropriately by all involved."