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Madonna stalker's comments led to arrest in Long Beach

February 10, 2012 | 12:29 pm

  Convicted Madonna stalker Robert Hoskins, who escaped from a Norwalk mental hospital last week and was apprehended Friday morning, was likely captured because of comments he made to staff before he left the Norwalk mental institution.

Long Beach police said Hoskins, 54, had made comments to staff at Metropolitan State Hospital that led officers to believe he would be in the north Long Beach area, where he was captured Friday.

They declined to say what those comments were.

At about 8:50 a.m. Friday, officers in north Long Beach spotted a man fitting Hoskins' description walking in the area of South Street and Cherry Avenue, said officials with the Long Beach Police Department.

They stopped him, confirmed his identity and turned him over to the department’s Mental Evaluation Team, which returned him to Metropolitan.

Hoskins was convicted in 1996 of stalking and threatening pop singer Madonna and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to officials with the Los Angeles Police Department.

After his release, 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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-- Sam Quinones