April 07, 2009 03:00 PM by Britteny Elrick
More information has been released regarding the arrest of Robert Michael O’Ryan, the man arrested for trying to break in to the Dancing With The Starsstudio in attempt to kidnap contestant Shawn Johnson. Apparently, he had a run in with the police five days prior to his arrest and shared part of his plans with them…
According to the Associated Press, on March 19, Robert O’Ryan was driving from Alabama to California with “a loaded .45 handgun, a loaded shotgun and materials classically used for kidnapping, including duct tape, zip ties [and] a map to the victim,” when he was pulled over by Alabama police for having an expired license plate.
When cops realized that he also had no proof of insurance, Robert pleaded with them and explained that he was driving across country to meet Shawn Johnson. Robert said, “I know it sounds a little bit crazy, but my, uh, my intuition tells me that, uh, we’re gonna have a beautiful relationship together. I’ve been communicating with her. And, uh. Basically, I’m gonna try to get her to marry me.” This was all recorded on the police dashboard video camera.
The officers did not know who the gymnast was and therefore, didn’t see a real need to be concerned. The man was let go with two traffic tickets, until he was eventually arrested on March 24 and charged with felony stalking and two misdemeanor counts of carrying a loaded firearm. Robert pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held on $220k bail in Los Angeles. Johnson has a restraining order against him.
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