Man accused of breaking into Kennedy compound awaits arraignment

James Lacroix (Photo courtesy the Barnstable Police Department)
James Lacroix (Photo courtesy the Barnstable Police Department)

According to police, 53-year-old James Lacroix on Tuesday entered the Cape Cod home of Edward “Ted” Kennedy, Jr. through an unlocked door.

At around 6:30 p.m., police said, Lacroix was discovered by Kennedy’s 16-year-old son, Edward M. Kennedy III. The younger Kennedy assumed the intruder was a family friend.

“They often have people in and out of the house,” said Sgt. Michael Riley of the Barnstable Police Department.

The two then had “a fairly extensive conversation,” which included politics, he said. Lacroix “appeared normal” at the time, Riley said.

Police weren’t called until around 9:30 p.m. Ted Kennedy, Jr., son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass), had phoned Cape Cod from Connecticut to check in. Lacroix answered and identified himself, which then prompted Kennedy to alert the Barnstable Police Department. Three officers arrived at the Hyannisport home a short time later. The younger Kennedy had left to visit a friend.

When the police arrived, they said, they found Lacroix sitting on a couch reading a book. “Mr. Lacroix did not to make any threats or appear dangerous at all,” said Riley, who was not one of the officers called to the scene.

Police said Lacroix told them that he was there to see pop star Katy Perry. He even had a gift for her. He also wanted to speak with John F. Kennedy.

“”He began to ramble on about his political views and his love for Katy Perry and it became clear that Mr. Lacroix was detached from reality,” said Riley. He added that this wasn’t an isolated incident and that Lacroix has “a little bit of history of delusional behavior” with the Massachusetts police.

Lacroix was arrested at the scene and held overnight at the local police station. He is currently awaiting arraignment at the Barnstable District Court on charges of breaking and entering.

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