WAKEFIELD — An Iowa man accused of coming to Rhode Island to visit Taylor Swift while carrying a backpack full of burglary tools has been ordered held without bond pending a competency hearing in August.
The man, David Page Liddle, 32, of Des Moines, appeared before a judge in Fourth Division District Court on Thursday for a second straight day. After his $10,000 bond was upheld during a hearing on Wednesday, officials said concerns that he was a flight risk and had been accused of stalking Swift in the past led the cours to hold him in remand.
Rhode Island court records show that two requests for extradition have been filed with the state. Liddle is due back in court on Aug. 7 for a competency hearing and the case has been referred to Washington County Superior Court for a felony screening in October.
Liddle has been in state custody since his arrest on July 19 near the Watch Hill Boat Yard. He is facing charges of possession of burglary tools and possession of a weapon other than a firearm.
"He has a history — security guards at the home told us that he was already on a watch list because there were concerns he could pose a threat," Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey on Monday.
According to police and court records, Liddle was arrested at around 9 p.m. after Watch Hill residents reported seeing a suspicious man at a picnic table near the boat yard, which is located near Pasadena Avenue off Watch Hill Road. Officers discovered that he was in possession of more than 30 lock picks, burglary tools including a crowbar and window rake, rubber gloves and an aluminum baseball bat.
Liddle told officers he had arrived in town that day with the intent of "visiting Taylor Swift" and told the police that she had promised to help him jump start his singing career. The police said security personnel confirmed that he had approached other properties belonging to Swift in the past and had been issued warnings not to return or to try and contact her in any way.