Alleged Kournikova Stalker Busted
A man faces multiple counts after he allegedly tries to swim to the tennis star's home
A homeless man has been charged with stalking and burglary after swimming nude across Florida’s Biscayne Bay searching for tennis star Anna Kournikova’s home, according to police.
William Lepeska, 40, was arrested Jan. 30 in Miami Beach after he allegedly swam 200 yards in a hunt for Kournikova’s $5 million waterfront home, the Associated Press reports. The man was arrested after he got out of the water and ended up in a neighbor’s pool area three houses down.
Police say Lepeska screamed, “Anna! Save me!” as he was taken away. Lepeska, who has “Anna” tattooed on his right arm, became belligerent at the police station and was subdued with pepper spray and a baton, police tell AP. He faces additional charges including aggravated battery, battery on a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest with violence.
Lepeska allegedly sent many letters and e-mails to Kournikova, and “made several alarming statements” that indicated he believed the tennis star was expecting him, according to police. A publicist for Kournikova said the incident “had caused Anna to be very concerned and fearful for her safety.”
He also was charged with exposing himself in the presence of a child after the young daughter of another neighbor saw Lepeska laying in a “very lewd manner” by the pool.
A Miami-Dade County Court judge issued a restraining order against Lepeska, who is currently being held in lieu of $26,000 bail. He is due back in court Wednesday.