An Albuquerque woman faces charges after allegedly threatening Chester Bennington's wife and reading his email

By Tim Nudd
Updated November 24, 2006 11:00 AM
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A Linkin Park fan has been arrested after allegedly hacking into the cell-phone and e-mail records of lead singer Chester Bennington and his wife.

Devon Townsend, 27, of Albuquerque, faces federal charges on suspicion of using a lab computer to access a cell-phone company’s Web site, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Court documents allege that Townsend obtained personal phone numbers that Bennington had called and pictures he had taken with his camera phone. Authorities believe she also hacked into the e-mail account of Bennington’s wife, Talinda, a former Playboy model, and has made threatening phone calls to her.

Talinda Bennington reported the security breach on the couple’s Verizon Wireless online account last month, saying that she was worried about a “stalker,” according to a federal affadavit. Police traced the activity to Townsend, who admitted to the online hacking and the threatening calls, the affadavit states. A search of Townsend’s house then turned up Linkin Park memorabilia.

A judge has ordered electronic monitoring for Townsend, who was arrested last weekend. No court date has been set for her arraignment.

The Benningtons were married last New Year’s Eve. They had a son, Tyler, in March. Chester Bennington, 30, helped form nu metal band Linkin Park in 1998, and is currently at work on a solo record.