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Police say Kennedy intruder was seeking Katy Perry


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HYANNIS PORT, Mass. — A man accused of breaking into the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod and telling authorities he was looking for singer Katy Perry was due in court today.

Police in Barnstable, Massachusetts, responded to the home in the Hyannis Port section of town around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after getting a call from Edward Kennedy Jr., the son of the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who had called from his home in Connecticut to check on his teenage son.

Kennedy said a strange man picked up the phone and identified himself with his real name.

Police responding to the Irving Avenue home found James Lacroix, 53, in the kitchen. Video of the arrest showed him wearing camouflage shorts and a Captain America T-shirt.

The teen in the home apparently saw Lacroix reading a book, but thought he was a friend of the family, Chief Paul MacDonald said. The teen was not harmed.

Lacroix’s car had been parked outside for about three hours, neighbors told police.

Lacroix was charged with breaking and entering and was held overnight by police pending arraignment Wednesday in Barnstable District Court.

It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

The more than 9,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom home, which was purchased by John F. Kennedy in 1956, was assessed this year at $2.11 million, according to town records. It is now owned by a family trust.

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