Rick Diamond/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM(ST. PETERSBURG, Fl) — Taylor Swift’s father, Scott Swift, started off the New Year with a moment he won’t soon forget by fighting off a burglar at his St. Petersburg condominium.
The incident occurred on January 17 when 67-year-old Swift returned home to the Vinoy Place towers around 10 p.m. only to find a stranger, later identified as 30-year-old Terrance Hoover, in his home. According to Pinellas County court documents, a scuffle ensued between the two before Hoover ran out of the residence.
It seems Hoover gained access to the highly secure home through an emergency stairwell which “remains locked at all times and automatically locks, unless someone exits the stairwell and doesn’t fully close the door,” as described by the documents. The only other way to gain access to the condo is by an elevator that “requires key card access.”
Hoover’s motives behind the invasion are unknown, however, his mother Donna DeNapoli insisted it is all a misunderstanding. She claims her son didn’t know where he was and that he was looking for his estranged wife, along with their three children, who had left him six months prior.
“He was lost and should be charged with only trespassing,” she said.
Hoover was arrested on February 12 and faces a burglary charge, but it’s been revealed that this isn’t his first rodeo.
Records show that some of his previous arrests include domestic violence by strangulation, aggravated battery, burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and false imprisonment.
Hoover is currently in jail awaiting trial on $50,000 bail.
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