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Jennifer Aniston gets a restraining order against stalker suspect

July 20, 2010 |  5:53 pm

Jennifer Aniston in the Bounty Hunter

Jennifer Aniston has been granted a restraining order against a stalker suspect who'd driven cross-country to be with her in a car that had messages including "I love Jennifer Aniston" and "I love you Jennifer Aniston" carved into its hood and driver's side door. 

Unable to locate the actress' home address, Jason R. Peyton was arrested July 15 on Sunset Boulevard hanging out and looking for her near businesses he believes she frequents. He was placed on a psychiatric hold, according to documents obtained by TMZ.

The restraining order, granted Tuesday, was based on evidence of stalking and a credible threat of violence. Court papers filed describe Peyton as "a diagnosed delusional and paranoid schizophrenic, with a history of violence and criminal harassment and stalking, including an apparent planned abduction of a former stalking victim."

He was, the documents said, found "laying-in-wait" for Aniston in possession of ...

... a sharp object, a roll of duct tape and written messages to the actress -- including baby names for the child he hoped they'd have together. He allegedly believes he's been secretly mentally communicating with her for two years.

Peyton's parents reported him missing after he took off from his Pennsylvania around June 25, leaving a note that said he was going to California; he called his mother while he was on the road, and she contacted L.A. police after he told her he was "on a mission to go to Jennifer Aniston" and that she would "hear about it on the news." According to court papers, he has attempted suicide at least four times; has a history of assaulting women, including his own mother, when he doesn't get what he wants; and has been institutionalized repeatedly.

It's not the first time Aniston has found herself in scary stalker circumstances -- a homeless man jumped her fence and entered her home in August 2005, fortunately while she was away on location.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Jennifer Aniston in "The Bounty Hunter." Credit: Barry Wetcher / Columbia TriStar.

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