Man who stalked Taylor Swift now wanted in Nebraska in attempted kidnapping

Julius Sandrock Courtesy Jefferson County Jail
Julius Sandrock (Courtesy Jefferson County Jail)

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A man who was arrested for stalking Taylor Swift in 2018 is now wanted in Hall County in an attempted kidnapping.

An arrest warrant for 43-year-old Julius A. Sandrock was issued Wednesday.

Sandrock is charged with a felony kidnapping attempt and third-degree assault in an incident that happened last October.

On Oct. 24, officers with the Grand Island Police Department were called to a gas station near Highway 34 and South Locust Street.

According to the arrest affidavit, a 17-year-old male told police he had been hit in the face and nearly kidnapped by an unknown man while pumping gas.

Officers reviewed security footage from the gas station and corroborated the teen’s account.

A man driving a Buick Encore was seen slowly pulling into the gas station’s parking lot.

The suspect, clad in a trench coat and latex gloves, unsuccessfully lunged at the teen.

Undeterred, he later crouched toward the teen and lunged at him as he pumped gas, according to the affidavit.

The teen got away from the suspect, prompting him to retreat to his vehicle and take off.

An hour later, police in Shelton were called to a store on report of a suspicious man.

A clerk told officers about a man wearing latex gloves and a trench coat who bought rubbing alcohol and more gloves.

The card used in the purchase belonged to Sandrock, according to the affidavit.

Investigators confirmed that Sandrock owned the Buick Encore spotted in Grand Island, and a review of his license showed that his physical characteristics were consistent with the man seen at the gas station.

In the affidavit, an investigator listed other crimes Sandrock had been cited for in the past.

The investigator said Sandrock was also the man spotted outside the Beverly Hills home of music star Taylor Swift.

According to the Associated Press, Sandrock was arrested outside the star’s home on April 15, 2018.

Police say he was seen wearing a mask outside the home with rubber gloves, a knife, rope and ammunition.

Swift was not at home at the time.

As of Thursday, Sandrock has not been taken into custody, according to the Hall County Department of Corrections.

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