Halle Berry's Obsessed Fan Charged with Felony Stalking
After being arrested for stalking Halle Berry earlier in the week, Richard Anthony Franco has been hit with a felony charge this morning (July 13).
Franco was arrested at the "Catwoman" actress' home late Monday night by off-duty police officers hired by Miss Berry.
The intruder, who was already on probation for misdemeanor battery, faces up to three years in prison if convicted on the stalking charge, the prosecutor said.
A resident of Commerce, CA, Richard Franco is being held in a Los Angeles jail on $150,000 bond.
Taking the necessary steps to protect herself and her loved ones, Halle Berry has been granted a restraining order against the man who allegedly invaded her home three times in three days.
Yesterday (July 12) an L.A. County Superior Court judge issued the temporary restraining order (TRO) against Richard Franco, commanding him to stay away from the actress, her family and her home.
It's been reported that the 27-year-old jumped the wall of Halle's Hollywood Hills home on Saturday, Sunday and Monday - scaring her to the point where she "feared for her life," says the official report.
On Saturday (July 9th) the actress called police after spotting a man holding some sort of book and staring at her through her kitchen window. When help arrived, he had disappeared.
Police officers continued to scan the area and an LAPD helicopter also circled Berry's home for nearly an hour, but to no result.
On Monday night (July 11) Halle's security team noticed the same man hopping a back wall via surveillance camera, and the authorities were called. LAPD arrived at the "Swordfish" star's house and apprehended Richard Franco around 11pm.
In court papers Halle Berry voiced her fear of her stalker and the most recent incidents, stating, "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."
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