CALIFORNIA, United States, Wednesday July 15, 2015 – The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is tracking down an alleged stalker who sent Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna gun threats via social media.
Celebrity website TMZ reports that the suspect goes by the names of Alex Mercer and Ralph Alexander on Twitter and Yahoo, and in a chilling move showed how close he could get by posting a “selfie” taken outside the singer’s home on April 30.
Rihanna’s stalker who goes by Alex Mercer & Ralph Alexander threatened to kill her. The LAPD is tracking him down pic.twitter.com/zPRHLngGRe
— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life) July 14, 2015
After the image appeared online, police checked out the singer’s house, but the man was gone by the time they arrived.
The cops are now searching for the perpetrator electronically – via phone, computer and social media records – after he sent several messages threatening Rihanna.
“Should of killed @rihanna a minute back I would be good right now,” he tweeted.
“Sorcery is a weapon I use guns, bout to get a gun license, can’t use my hands,” came a cryptic addition.
The alleged stalker reportedly posted similar threats targeting Rihanna’s former boyfriend, American R&B singer Chris Brown.
After the unknown man’s Twitter account was suspended, he reportedly got back online with a new alias.
In a message directed at media mogul Jay Z, whose label Rihanna is signed to, he wrote: “@S_C_ tell them in not a stalker you know me other page got suspended” (sic).
Rihanna is no stranger to such situations, having endured a series of stalkers and trespassers in recent years.
In June, a man was reportedly arrested after he was apprehended by three police officers and the 27-year-old singer’s bodyguard following an attempt to gain entry to her apartment building in New York City.
Last July, a 53-year-old homeless man was arrested for hand-delivering weird messages to her apartment in Soho, New York.
The middle-aged vagrant, Kevin McGlynn, has since been held at a psychiatric hospital after a judge likened him to Beatles star John Lennon’s killer and described the situation with Rihanna as “a tragedy waiting to happen.”
The previous October, a trespasser was collared by the singer’s security team as he attempted to scale the wall surrounding her plush US$12 million mansion in Pacific Palisades.