On Tuesday, actress Halle Berry obtained a restraining order against an intruder that broke into her home in Los Angeles a few days ago. The man managed to enter the Hollywood star’s home three times before the police arrested him, Associated Press reports.
The restraining order was issued by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson. Richard A. Franco, the 27-year-old stalker, was directed to stay 100 yards from the actress and her baby daughter, Nahla.
According to Halle, the police found a book of Franco which contained “nonsensical ramblings” and her name in his handwritten texts. She said in court that Franco made his first entrance in her L.A. home on Saturday. She was inside the house, having a conversation with her manager, when she saw through the window an unknown man – which she pointed out to be Richard Franco – in her fenced backyard. At that moment, her manager yelled at him and he ran away. The second time, the encounter was more creepy. Berry reported that the next day, on Sunday, she went into the kitchen to get a diet Coke and she saw the same man staring at her through a glass door, less than one foot away. She said that she entered into a panic state. “I turned my body and quickly hit the deadbolt lock on the glass door” she said, adding that after that, she immediately ran upstairs and called the police. That evening she had the house under surveillance and on Monday, the man showed up for the third and last time. The police arrested him on the spot. “This person has invaded and trampled upon the most fundamental sense of security I have and I am extremely frightened of him and what he might do to me or those I love”, the actress told the court.
The stalker is being held into police custody, in jail, by the Los Angeles Country Sheriffs Department. He was detained on suspicion of stalking and has been set a bail of 150,000 dollars. Franco has a history of violence, drugs and theft charges.