Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Weird News from Florida

From the Sun-Sentinel:

There are different kinds of “love” in tennis, but Miami Beach police said the type Bill Lepeska had for Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova got him arrested for stalking.

Police said Lepeska, a homeless day laborer from Illinois, swam naked about 200 yards across Biscayne Bay to reach Kournikova’s home on Sunset Island.

While Lepeska had Kournikova’s first name tattooed on his right bicep, he apparently didn’t have a map to her home and missed the $5 million mansion by an entire island.

Police arrested Lepeska, 40, at an island home across a tiny stretch of bay from the 23-year-old’s mansion. According to a police report, a neighbor spotted Lepeska nude “laid spread eagle in a very lewd manner” on a lawn chair near a pool. Lepeska told police he looked up Kournikova’s address on the Internet and that she had left the door unlocked for him. He also told police that he was in love with the racquet model and was “desperate to meet her.”

The neighbor was carrying a 3-year-old girl at the time, so police charged Lepeska with exposing himself in front of a minor.

The report said that as police led him away, Lepeska screamed, “Anna! Save Me!”

Later, at Miami Beach police headquarters, Lepeska refused to have his mug shot taken and demanded a psychological evaluation, a police report said. Lepeska became hostile, posing in a boxer’s stance and attacking officers, biting one on the thumb, it said.

Police used pepper spray on Lepeska twice to help subdue him, then added a charge of battery on a law enforcement officer.

Lepeska is being held at the psychiatric division of the Miami-Dade County Jail on $26,000 bail and is expected in court today for a bail reduction hearing.

Why can’t people meet their true love in the old-fashioned way…like in a chat room?