Alleged Shawn Johnson stalker arrested near 'Dancing with the Stars'
By John Bracchitta, 03/26/2009
An alleged Shawn Johnson stalker who had two loaded guns in his car was arrested outside the set of Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday after trying to sneak into the studio to meet the 17-year-old Olympic gold medal gymnast and eighth-season celebrity dancer.
The man, a 34-year-old named Robert O'Ryan, was allegedly stopped by security after jumping a fence at CBS's Los Angeles studios where Dancing with the Stars' live broadcasts are recorded, Peoplereported Wednesday evening.
O'Ryan allegedly initially told the security officers he had come to the set to meet Johnson, but then changed his story and said he had come to meet fellow Dancing with the Stars Stephen "Steve-O" Glover after Johnson was contacted and said she did not know him. A similar contact was made with Glover's people as well, who also said they did not know O'Ryan, People reported.
A subsequent search of O'Ryan's car turned up two loaded guns -- one shotgun and one Colt .45 handgun -- along with memorabilia featuring Johnson.
In the request for a temporary restraining order that was filed against O'Ryan by Teri Johnson, Shawn's mother, she detailed that O'Ryan had allegedly told Los Angeles police that he had "packed all his belongings and permanently left Florida to drive out here to be with [Johnson]," People reported.
"This incident has caused us severe emotional distress, we have been on the move ever since and have not been able to rest at all for fear that this disturbed person will attempt to make good on his statements and attempt to harm my daughter and possibly us as well," Johnson's mother also wrote in the request which was submitted to, and granted by L.A. Superior Court on Wednesday.
The restraining order against O'Ryan states that he must stay 100 yards away from Johnson and not communicate with her, her parents, or her Dancing with the Stars professional partner Mark Ballas, according to People.
O'Ryan remained in police custody on Thursday, charged with one felony count of stalking and two misdemeanor counts of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, according to TMZ. While his bail was initially set at $35,000, TMZ added that prosecutors will reportedly ask that it be increased to $220,000.
On Wednesday, the gymnast's representative released a statement saying that the investigation had been turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.
"It is currently an ongoing investigation and we are confident that it will be handled appropriately by all involved," the statement added.
Despite the incident outside the show's studio, Johnson and Ballas had little to worry about on the dance floor during Tuesday night's Dancing with the Starsresults show. The couple had finished in a three-way tie for first place on the judges' leaderboard with a score of 27 out of 30 during Monday night's performance show.