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Halle Berry stalking suspect arrested in Hollywood

By the CNN Wire Staff
Off-duty officers hired by Halle Berry called police Monday and said they were holding a burglary suspect at her home.
Off-duty officers hired by Halle Berry called police Monday and said they were holding a burglary suspect at her home.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police arrest a 27-year-old man on suspicion of felony stalking
  • The suspect was seized Monday night by off-duty officers hired by Halle Berry
  • A man jumped the fence into the actress's property twice over the weekend, police say

(CNN) -- A man has been arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of making several attempts to enter the property of actress Halle Berry, police said Tuesday.

Off-duty officers hired by Berry called police in the Hollywood area late Monday night and said they were holding a burglary suspect at her home.

The man, who was identified by police as 27-year-old Richard Franco, was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of felony stalking. He is in a Hollywood jail.

A resident of the property identified him as the same man who had climbed over a locked security gate into the property several times over the past few days, police said.

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On Monday, Los Angeles police spokeswoman Sarah Faden said an unidentified man had twice jumped over a fence and into Berry's yard over the weekend.

Both times he had claimed he was "there to see somebody," but left after a Berry employee ordered him out, Faden said.

It's not unusual for photographers to stake out positions around Berry's Los Angeles home to get shots of the Oscar-winning actress, but investigators didn't know what this intruder was trying to do, she said.

CNN's Rachel Wells and Alan Duke contributed to this report.

 
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