A man broke into the Hyannis Port Kennedy compound in Barnstable, Massachusetts on Tuesday and remained inside the mansion for three hours, even answering the phone when it rang. Ted Kennedy Jr. called police from his home in Connecticut saying that when he called his compound home to check on his teenage son who was staying at the house, a stranger answered.
According to CNN News on July 16, police rushed to the Kennedy compound and found a man in the kitchen wearing a "Captain America" T-shirt and camouflage shorts. Officers asked the man what he was doing and he told them he was looking for Katy Perry!
TMZ reports that the man walked into the house and started to cook dinner. When police arrived he was sitting on a couch reading a book and along with claiming he was looking for Katy Perry, he also said he was waiting for John F. Kennedy.
Police report that the knew almost instantly that the man was "detached from reality." He had entered the house through an unlocked door. Police also report that Kennedy's teenage son came home after Lacroix had been at the house for a while and he thought the guy was a house guest.
Upon arriving at the compound police found a black car parked in the driveway, which belonged to 53-year-old James Lacroix, who was the man they found in the kitchen. Ted Kennedy Jr.'s son was also in the kitchen with the man, but he was unharmed.
According to the Boston Herald today, Lacroix was in the nine-bedroom mansion formerly owned by Jacqueline Kennedy for three hours before he was discovered at 9:30 p.m. by the police. Neighbors of the Kennedy compound said that they saw the man arrive at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Lacroix, who is a disabled war veteran, was booked on breaking and entering charges and he will be in Barnstable Court on Wednesday morning for his arraignment.
It is amazing how this guy just pulled up into the driveway and made his way into the $2.5 million mansion and made himself at home for three hours. He was brazen enough to answer the phone and when he did he gave his real name.
You would think being such a high profile family, there would be some type of security staff on the premises. You would also think that the family would keep the other household members informed about pending house guests! The teen was visiting with this guy thinking he belonged there.
You can imagine the concern that Ted Kennedy Jr. had when he called the home knowing that his teenage son was in the house and this intruder answered the phone. He must have been one panicked father.
The Kennedy compound has been in the family since 1926. There are three houses on six acres that make up one of the most famous parcels of real estate in the country.