U.S. immigration authorities have arrested a Canadian man who has twice been convicted of trespassing at the California home of model and Kardashian family member Kendall Jenner.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday that 38-year-old John Ford was recently arrested in the parking lot of an Albuquerque motel after agents received a tip that he was in New Mexico.
Authorities say Ford has an expired visitor’s visa. He remains in federal custody in El Paso, Texas, awaiting a hearing on his immigration case.
It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.
Los Angeles police have arrested him twice, resulting in misdemeanour convictions and jail time.
Immigration agents acted quickly on the tip to ensure Ford’s obsessive behaviour did not escalate into a tragedy, said Jack P. Staton, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in El Paso.
“This timely arrest could very well have prevented a violent crime,” he said.
Jenner’s family thanked Los Angeles police and immigration authorities for their work, explaining in a statement that Ford’s actions have had “a severe impact” on Jenner’s life and the family’s sense of security.
Immigration records show Ford had entered the U.S. at Sweetwater, Mont. a year ago with a visa that allowed him to remain in the country no longer than six months.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS