Taylor Swift's Dad Fights Off Burglar

Man reached penthouse through emergency stairwell
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 18, 2020 1:34 AM CST
Taylor Swift's Dad Safe After Fight With Burglar
Taylor Swift arrives at Billboard's Women in Music at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Taylor Swift's father recently fought a burglar who broke into his $4 million Florida penthouse, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Scott Swift returned to his home in the Vinoy Place Towers in St. Petersburg on Jan. 17 just moments after 30-year-old Terrence Hoover used an emergency escape stairwell to climb 13 floors to enter it. The men fought before Hoover ran away, according to police records. 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, the Times reports.

Swift picked Hoover out of a photo lineup and police say Hoover called them to report the altercation, the AP reports. 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 told the Times that 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.

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