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Search warrants used to gather evidence against actress Sandra Bullock's alleged stalker have revealed that the actress came face-to-face with a man police say is "obsessive and fixated" on Bullock inside her own home.
Joshua James Corbett, 39, is being charged with 19 felonies, including stalking charges, in connection with breaking into Bullock's Hollywood Hills mansion last month, reports the Los Angeles Times. The charges also include gun charges, after a subsequent search of Corbett's home turned up a stash of illegal weapons including several automatic rifles.
How did police catch this crazed super fan, and what can you do if someone is stalking you?
According to police, Bullock was asleep alone in her Hollywood Hills mansion when she heard noises coming from her third floor workout room. As she locked her bedroom security door, she caught sight of a man in dark clothing. Bullock called 911 and police responded, apprehending Corbett inside the home.
Inside Corbett's pockets, police say they found photos of the actress and a letter in which Corbett portrays himself as Bullock's husband. Corbett also had a notebook that suggested he had been closely watching Bullock and her son Louie for several days.
Corbett appeared in court last month and could face about a dozen years in prison if convicted. His case is pending.
If you are being repeatedly harassed or threatened by the same person, you may be the victim of stalking. As stalking is a crime in every state, your first move should be to call the police and report the incidents.
You can also file for a restraining order, by which a court can prohibit another person from making contact with you and order him or her to stay a certain distance away at all times. Violation of a restraining order can give the police the necessary probable cause needed to arrest a stalker if they don't otherwise have sufficient proof that they have committed any other crime.
If you believe you are being stalked, an experienced domestic violence attorney can help ensure that you get the legal protection you need.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.