Taylor Swift’s father, Scott Swift, had a scary run-in with a trespasser at his $4 million penthouse.
The pop superstar’s dad returned to his penthouse in the Vinoy Place Towers in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 17, just in time to catch a burglar inside his home.
The condominium complex is an “uber-luxury” waterfront property with 4 towers and 92 units. It has 24-hour security and gated access.
But even still, 30-year-old Terrence Hoover apparently waltzed through the “fully gated and guarded” entrance. He then found an unsecured emergency stairwell. The stairwell is usually locked, unless someone doesn’t fully close the door.
Hoover then climbed 13 flights and made his way into Swift’s penthouse just before 10:00 pm, according to court documents that cite video surveillance footage.
It was only seconds later that Swift entered his home and saw the suspect running out of his residence. Court documents say that “a struggle ensued between the homeowner” and Hoover, who then fled the property on foot.
It’s unknown if Hoover targeted Swift’s residence, or just stumbled into it at random.
After the scuffle, Hoover later called the police himself to report an encounter with a man, presumably Swift, living at the Vinoy complex. However, he refused to return to the building or meet with officers from the St. Petersburg Police Department.
Police issued an arrest warrant on January 31. Marion County deputies found and arrested him on February 12. He is facing a burglary charge, and is currently being held on a $50,000 bail.
Hoover’s mother, Donna DeNapoli, claims that her son “was lost and should be charged with only trespassing.”
DeNapoli claims that her son’s wife left him six months ago. The ex has supposedly been staying at a church complex near water. So now, he has been “looking for churches by the water where his wife could be staying.”