ST PETERSBURG (CBSMiami/AP) – Taylor Swift’s father fought with an intruder who broke into his $4 million Florida penthouse.
Scott Swift returned to his home in the Vinoy Place Towers in St. Petersburg on January 17th just moments after 30-year-old Terrence Hoover used an emergency escape stairwell to climb 13 floors to enter it, according to police.
The men struggled before Hoover ran away. Hoover has a lengthy arrest record that includes domestic violence by strangulation, aggravated battery, burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping and false imprisonment, according to court records.
Swift picked Hoover out of a photo lineup. Police say Hoover called them to report the altercation. Hoover could not be found, however, until last week, when he was arrested on burglary charges. He was being held Monday on $50,000 bond.
Taylor Swift was not with her father and it is unclear whether the intruder targeted the home. The 30-year-old singer lives elsewhere.
Hoover’s mother said her son got lost while searching for his estranged wife and should only be charged with trespassing.
The penthouse encompasses the entire top floor of one Vinoy tower and includes 5,359 square feet, three bedrooms and three full baths.
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