Officials have declined to prosecute a Des Moines, Iowa man who was accused of stalking pop star Taylor Swift after he was found lurking near her home earlier this year with a baseball bat and other suspicious items.
David Page Liddle, 32, was arrested in July after locals spotted him at a boat yard near Swift's Rhode Island home, the Associated Press reports. He claimed that he knew Swift, 29, and that he was looking to “catch up” with her. However, police allegedly found him with a crowbar, rubber gloves, and more than 30 lock picks, WJAR-TV reports.
The case against Liddle has since been dismissed, a spokesperson for the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office confirmed to WJAR-TV this week.
Liddle was previously scheduled to attend a competency hearing at the McGrath Judicial Complex in Wakefield, but the spokesperson said that “no information was signed” and the case was dropped, according to the outlet.
“Based on our review of the evidence and applicable law, we’ve declined to pursue filing charges against the defendant at this particular time,” they said.
Back in July, Swift’s security team reported seeing Liddle near the front gate of the singer’s home, according to the Associated Press. Liddle was initially facing charges of possession of burglary tools and possession of a weapon other than a firearm, the Associated Press previously reported. He was ordered held on $10,000 bail pending a competency hearing.
While Liddle may have dodged charges, Swift’s security team has stated that he is on their watch list and say that he has been accused of stalking the singer before, the outlet reports.
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