Selena Gomez should be feeling safe by now, knowing that the Los Angeles Police is taking the recent death threat posed by a homeless stalker extremely seriously.
Moreover, Gomez was granted a temporary restraining order against her accused stalker, who threatened to kill the 19-year-old singer.
Thomas Brodnicki, a 46-year-old man from suburban Chicago with a criminal record for stalking young woman, allegedly visited her workplace at least three times, Gomez told the court. He told a doctor in a mental facility that he was thinking about killing Selena Gomez. The doctor then reported Brodnicki's threats to police, suggesting that he presented a serious danger of violence to Gomez, according to court records.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge William Stewart granted Gomez a restraining order against the man, ordering him to stay 100 feet away from Gomez, her family and her assistant. The threat was taken extremely seriously by the LAPD's Threat Management Unit, in consideration of Brodnicki's history of stalking, criminal threats, visits to Gomez's workplace and mental illness.
In Illinois, Brodnicki was held in mental health custody for stalking a young waitress and a convenience store clerk, according to Des Plaines Police Chief Jim Prandini. In the 2008 report, Brodnicki was described as homeless.
It was just in September that Brodnicki traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles to meet Gomez. Police had to keep him on mental health hold for 72 hours after he told passersby that he would scratch their eyes out, according to court records.
Los Angeles Police officials did not comment on whether Brodnicki has been released.
An hearing is scheduled in the Burbank courthouse on Nov. 4.