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Madonna stalker arrested near Norwalk mental hospital that he fled

February 10, 2012 | 10:23 am

Robert Dewey Hoskins and Madonna

A week after he escaped from an L.A.-area mental hospital, a man who more than a decade ago stalked Madonna was arrested Friday.

Robert Dewey Hoskins, 54, was arrested not far from the Norwalk facility that he escaped from last Friday. Police had been searching for Hoskins, whom the Los Angeles Police Department described as "a very psychotic man when not taking his medication" and as having "very violent tendencies."

Hoskins served a 10-year prison sentence after he was convicted in 1996 of stalking and threatening Madonna, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

During the trial, Madonna testified that she had nightmares about someone trying to harm her because of the stalking incident.  As she testified, a prosecutor asked the pop star how she felt.

"Sick to my stomach," she responded. "I feel incredibly disturbed that the man who repeatedly threatened my life is sitting across the room from me. I feel we are making his fantasies come true."

After Hoskins was released from state prison, he had an additional run-in with police that resulted in his arrest and placement at the state hospital in Norwalk, the LAPD said.

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Photo: Robert Dewey Hoskins and Madonna. Credit: LAPD and Associated Press

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