Taylor Swift’s Dad Fights Off Burglar Inside His Florida Home

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After returning to his St. Petersburg, Florida penthouse residence, the father of music superstar Taylor Swift found himself embattled with a man trying to burglarize his home, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The penthouse is situated in an exclusive tower community brimming with security features but apparently it wasn’t enough to keep out a career criminal who has a very lengthy record.

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The incident occurred on January 17th, 2020 when Scott Swift returned home around 10 p.m. and unexpectedly caught 30-year-old Terrence Hoover burglarizing his $4-million penthouse.  The two fought for a few minutes before Hoover escaped, police say.

The suspect was located after he himself called police to report the altercation and then Swift picked him out of a lineup. He is currently being held on a $50,000 bond by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office.

Hoover’s criminal history includes domestic violence by strangulation, aggravated battery, burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping among others.

The Times reports that Hoover accessed the 5,000 square-foot penthouse by using an emergency stairwell.

His mother gave a statement to the times saying that Hoover got lost while searching for his estranged wife and was simply trespassing, not burglarizing.

Watch the full report below.