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Gun-Toting Shawn Johnson Fan Arrested

3/25/2009 5:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Shawn JohnsonA man claiming he was "meant to be" with Shawn Johnson was arrested early Tuesday morning after trying to sneak on to the set of "Dancing With the Stars" -- and cops say he had two loaded guns and duct tape in his car.

Johnson's mother, Teri, has just filed a petition for a restraining order against the man, 34-year-old Robert O'Ryan. The restraining order seeks protection for 17-year-old Shawn, her mother, her father and her "Dancing" partner Mark Ballas.

According to documents filed by Johnson, "The LAPD searched [O'Ryan's] vehicle and located a loaded .45 handgun, a loaded shotgun, and materials classically used for kidnapping including duct tape, zip ties, and a map to the victim. Also found were love letters, clippings and other information on the victim."

According to the documents, O'Ryan told police "He had packed all his belongings and permanently left Florida to drive out here to be with [Shawn Johnson], he believes that she speaks to him personally through the television set and through ESP and that they will have a child together, he stated he would be with her no matter what."

According to the CBS incident report, the whole thing started Monday afternoon when a CBS employee noticed O'Ryan jumping a fence and entering a hallway in the East Studio. Private security confronted him and asked for ID -- and that's when O'Ryan produced an expired concealed weapons license. When guards asked if he had a weapon on him, O'Ryan admitted to having 2 guns in his car. At that point, the guards alerted the LAPD.

In the documents, Johnson claims she's "in fear for her life, she is extremely upset by this incident and her entire family and those around are all extremely concerned and fearful that [O'Ryan] might try to kidnap her or harm her in an effort to make good on his statements."

click to view picsO'Ryan is currently in police custody. He was booked on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm in public and is being held on $35,000 bail.

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16.

ChloeL    

This guy seems like a JERK!!! He should be put away. Seriously, he could have kidnapped Shawn and who knows where she would be today. I feel so bad for her and her family. Their is too much bad stuff going around and so many children missing and WOW I'm still in shock even writing this. I hope security will be on Dancing with the Stars for now on. Shawn is doing incredible, and I hope with what's on her mind, she can continue dancing. I hope that she also has security around her and her family now, because this guy might have friends (I doubt it), but seriously, Shawn is well known from the olympics and is so cute and just a great young lady. Stay strong Shawn, you'll be ok, my prayers and thoughts are with you and you family. KEEP THIS GUY LOCKED UP FOREVER, OBVIOUSLY HE'S OUT TO HARM SOMEONE, whether it's Shawn or some new person he says he talks to through the t.v. NEEDS PSYCHIATRIC HELP NOW!!!

1934 days ago
17.

Lena    

Remember the nut who found Rebecca Shaeffer and killed her as she opened her front door? CBS Security did their job, now lets hope the legal system will put the nut where he belongs. Somewhere he won't be a danger to Shawn or anyone else.

1934 days ago
18.

AuntieE    

Thank you Bruce B. for remembering Rebecca Schaeffer"s tragic murder. I thought of the girl but couldn't think of her name. This makes me think about John Lennon as well. Anybody that feels sorry for the gun toting "sick" guy. One question, what if it was you, your daughter, sister, mother that was in his sights. Wouldn't you want him held for a while?Million dollar bail is O.K. for the dude that likes to carry loaded guns and duct tape, he just got caught before he could get the girl in the duct tape or zip ties. Thank God he didn't get a chance that's one for the good guys. Just because his plan was foiled doesn't make him an innocent man.
God Bless, AuntieE

1934 days ago
19.

jewels    

I understand people's desire to want to help this man as he obviously has some pretty severe psychological issues. However, he needs to be in a secure facility for the criminally insane to get his help. To let him out would be a huge mistake at this time. It could take many years of therapy to help him, if he is capable of being helped and I don't want to think of the terror that poor family would have to go through while he was being "rehabilitated". They would be the prisoners, not this metally dangerous person!

1934 days ago
20.

Marcia    

While it is certainly true that the man is sick, it is very important that he be be locked up. Simply saying he should receive medication and treatment is not good enough. In my experience once a person fixates on another person -- nothing ever makes that fixation go away. They remain absolutely convinced that given the opportunity (even if it means kidnapping and restraining the object of their affection) they can make the person understand that they belong together. Absent the restraining order, once released the man will continue the pursuit. If he finds that her parents get in the way or even a bodyguard -- he will shoot them. If he finds out even years later that she has married someone else -- he will track them down and kill both of them. This happened to a friend of mine. A man stalked her and was committed for 4 years wher ehe received meds and treament. The first week he was released from the pychiatric facility (after being declared as posing no threat to any other person), he went straight to her home and murdered her and her husband -- leaving a baby crying in the nursery. When he was captured -- his only regret? That he let the "devil child" live.

1933 days ago
21.

Shirley    

He's NUTS!!! Lock him up before he REALLY hurts someone. Don't wait for it to happen.

1933 days ago
22.

Ladynred    

Seriously, are they going to wait until the girl is missing or seriously harmed to get this nut case put into a maximum security mental hospital ? They'll be saying, "poor thing was abused, he has rights!" Come on folks get smart before something happen to this young girl!!!!

1933 days ago
23.

dude    

I think that this is a scary situation to be in. Especially for someone like shawn who is in the public eye and is young and beautiful and talented. I think the people who are making jokes should be ashamed of yourself. How would you feel if your daughter or sister or someone on your family had this happen to them? My heart goes out to Shawn Johnson and her family.

1933 days ago
24.

Tana    

Omg What a Sacary situation for a someone let alone a 17 year old! He needs some seriouls help...Hopefully he gets put away for a while!

1933 days ago
25.

lisa    

Someone needs to protecht Shawn, since the LAPD cannot seem to hold this crazy sorry human in jail. Shawn and her family might want to hire a private body guard or Dancing with the Stars should supply her with one.
This kid doesn't need to be worried about someone harming her, her focus is on doing a good job on her dancing.
what a shame!

1933 days ago
26.

Myself    

sungal You have go to be kidding. The man is in need of help. If he is convinced she talks to him through the TV and through ESP. But if you dont see that I have to ask what your Smurfs say to you everyday through the Tv. The man is sick and needs to be treated away from people and society so he can no longer be a threat.

1933 days ago
27.

Chris    

Lock this POS up and throw away the key. He's a danger to society just like that other POS that killed four police officers. Time we stop feeling sorry for these nut cases. That poor girl will be scared for a very, very long time.

1933 days ago
28.

Logan Five    

This man is another victim of attempted ESP seduction and kidnapping. It is clear that super powered psychic teenage pop idols are attempting to use their mind invading techniques to seduce and kidnap men.

1933 days ago
29.

dick phace    

wgaf

1933 days ago
30.

Carolyn Hanson    

What in this world is wrong with LAPD or the DA or whomever to set this sick man's bail at $35,000? He should not be released until he has been evaluated by a professional psychiatrist or counselor!!!! He is released with a sllap on the wrist and this young, beautiful girl with her life ahead of her is DEAD. Wake UP.

1933 days ago
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