Armed Shawn Johnson stalker arrested after jumping fence at Dancing’s studio

A man who was stalking Shawn Johnson, the 17-year-old Olympian and Dancing with the Stars 8 contestant, was arrested Monday after jumping a fence at the studio where the show was taped.

People reports that “Robert O’Ryan, 34, allegedly jumped a fence at CBS Studios in L.A. where the show was filming, but was caught by security,” and police found “a loaded shotgun, a loaded Colt .45 handgun and Johnson memorabilia” in his car. When security personnel stopped him, he “admitted he was attempting to meet Johnson, but after Johnson was contacted and said she didn’t know O’Ryan, he changed his story and said he was there to meet Steve-O.” The magazine says O’Ryan is “in jail with $35,000 bail and is prohibited from being near or talking to Shawn.”

Shawn’s mother Teri Johnson received a restraining order, and in her request, wrote, “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.”

And Shawn’s publicist said in a statement, “The matter has 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.”

Alleged Shawn Johnson Stalker Arrested Near DWTS Set [People]

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