Three times in a row: Persistent Stalker of Pop Star Taylor Swift Arrested Again Outside her Home, Ordered Held Without Bail

In a disconcerting series of events, David Crowe, a 33-year-old man with a history of stalking and harassing Taylor Swift, was ordered to be held without bail on Thursday, January 25. The arrest took place once again in front of the pop star’s residence in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, escalating concerns about the effectiveness of protective measures against persistent offenders.

Crowe faced arraignment in the Manhattan Criminal Court on a misdemeanor charge of second-degree criminal contempt, as revealed by the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office. Additionally, he was mandated to undergo a psychiatric examination, shedding light on the potential mental health factors contributing to his troubling behavior.

The legal proceedings stem from Crowe’s violation of a protective order issued on Wednesday, compelling him to maintain a safe distance from Taylor Swift, 34, her home, and refrain from any form of communication with her. The arrest occurred after officers responded to complaints about an emotionally disturbed individual acting erratically near Swift’s townhouse.

Despite being arraigned and issued a protection order, Crowe’s audacious actions persisted, leading to his subsequent arrest near Swift’s residence. Court documents indicate that an unidentified security worker had observed Crowe in close proximity to the singer’s home approximately 30 times since November 25. Prosecutors emphasized that Crowe had been warned at least 10 times by security personnel to avoid approaching the building or lingering in the vicinity.

Efforts to obtain a statement from Crowe’s attorney in the public defender’s office proved unfruitful, as there was no response to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment on the matter.

Earlier in the week, Crowe had been charged with stalking in the fourth degree, as well as harassment in the first- and second-degrees. Following these charges, he was released under supervision by a Manhattan judge. However, the respite was short-lived as Crowe was spotted engaging in bizarre behavior near Swift’s Tribeca home, raising further alarm among concerned neighbors.

In a disturbing incident, Crowe was observed diving into a large green dumpster across from the pop superstar’s residence on Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses reported that he peered inside from various angles, prompting nearby residents to express their apprehension at his actions. The New York City Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting a disorderly male on Franklin Street at 1:35 pm. Upon their arrival, Crowe left the location, heading into the first precinct where he was subsequently taken into custody.

A resident recounted, “I just saw him digging through this dumpster, taking out some blankets, and then he just went and sat down on the loading dock a few doors down [from Swift’s apartment].”

Prosecutors disclosed that Crowe, hailing from Seattle, had been spotted at Swift’s Tribeca home as many as 30 times over the last two months. It was also alleged that he had repeatedly sought to speak with the singer.

Adding a peculiar detail to the unsettling narrative, Crowe’s sweatshirt featured a quote by American author Ursula K. Le Guin: “Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” This detail raises questions about Crowe’s mindset and fixation on Swift, prompting a closer examination of the potential motivations driving his persistent and concerning actions.

As the legal proceedings continue, this case underscores the challenges in dealing with relentless stalking behaviors and the urgent need for comprehensive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of public figures like Taylor Swift.

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