HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced on Monday, May 14, that the man responsible for breaking into the home of singer Rihanna has been charged with stalking after he broke into her home last week.
Eduardo Leon, 26, of Fullerton was charged in case BA468036 with one felony count each of stalking, first-degree residential burglary and vandalism, and one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Deputy District Attorney Samuel Hulefeld of the Target Crimes Division is prosecuting the case.
On May 9, Leon is accused of hopping a fence and entering the residence owned by singer, who was not at home during the incident. According to reports, Leon informed authorities he was waiting in the home to have sex with the singer. He spent about 12 hours inside the home and was arrested on May 10 after being discovered by the singer’s assistant.
This is not the first incident the singer has encountered with stalkers. She recently sold her Pacific Palisades home in 2016, after an incident in October 2013 where Jonathan Whooper attempted to break into the home after throwing a chair through a glass door. In 2014, a homeless New York man was arrested after he delivered offensive hand-written notes to the singer. He was taken to a psychiatric hospital for treatment. In 2016, police investigated another incident of a stalker after a man posted a selfie outside of the Pacific Palisades mansion.
Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty first broke onto the music scene in 2003 and has since become an international pop star with singles like “Umbrella,” “Take a Bow,” “We Found Love” and “Rude Boy.” She is slated to arrive on the big screen in “Ocean’s 8” alongside Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett on June 8.
If convicted as charged, Leon faces a possible maximum sentence of six years in state prison. The case is still being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.