Updated:HYANNISPORT, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A suspect accused of breaking into the Kennedy Compound reportedly told police he was in the home looking for pop star Katy Perry and John F. Kennedy.
James Lacroix, 53, was charged with breaking and entering after he was arrested Tuesday night.
Officials were called to the scene by Edward Kennedy Jr. who said he called the home from his house in Connecticut to check on his teenage son. Kennedy said a man answered the phone and identified himself as James Lacroix.
Barnstable police rushed to the compound at about 9:30 p.m. They found Lacroix sitting on a couch in the living room wearing a Captain America t-shirt and reading a book. Lacroix told police he was at the house to see Perry and President Kennedy. He added that he had a gift to give Perry.
Investigators said Lacroix entered through an unlocked door and was in the home for three hours. Kennedy's 16-year-old son, Ted Kennedy III, told police he found Lacroix in the home at 6:30 p.m. and assumed he was a friend of the family. Lacroix told the teen he worked with his father on a V.A. bill.
The pair had dinner before Kennedy went upstairs and spoke to his father, who said Lacroix shouldn't be in the home. His father then called police.
"The youth stated Lacroix appeared normal and they had an extensive and interesting conversation before the youth left the home for a friend's house," read a press release from police.
Police Chief Paul Macdonald said, "You have to understand, this is the Kennedy family, there are several visitors. The family's quite large, they're all down the compound for the summertime. It's not usual that to have individuals hanging around the house and they thought they were an associate of the family."Lacroix's arraignment was postponed until August 13. In court Wednesday, a psychologist said he had a history of mental illness and was showing signs of psychosis. A judge ordered the 53-year-old to receive further evaluation.
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