More weird details in the Kennedy compound intruder case

James Lacroix, 53, stands during an appearance at Barnstable District Court in Barnstable, Mass., Wednesday, July 16, 2014. James Lacroix, 53, stands during an appearance at Barnstable District Court in Barnstable, Mass., Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

What’s the first thing you do after you discover a stranger in your Cape Cod compound sporting a Captain America T-shirt?

If your answer included dialing the numbers nine, one and one, then you clearly haven’t been brought up Kennedy.

Call the police? Nah. Instead, try offering your friendly neighborhood home intruder a nice pasta dinner.

According to new details provided by authorities in the Kennedy compound intruder case, when 16-year-old Edward Kennedy III came home Tuesday to find 53-year-old James Lacroix there, the pair not only had a “interesting conversation,” but shared a tortellini dinner for two.

And, get this, Lacroix washed the dishes.

“He looked normal enough and he mentioned he knew my dad,” Kennedy told police.

After the polite alleged criminal cleared the dinner table, Kennedy hopped in the shower, then headed to a friend’s house, police said.

Officers arrived on the scene hours later, only after the younger Kennedy’s father, Ted Kennedy Jr., alerted them to Lacroix’s presence. (The elder Kennedy had called to check on his son and Lacroix answered the phone!)

Police say they found Lacroix on the couch reading a book. He told them he entered through an unlocked door and was there to see pop princess Katy Perry, for whom he had a gift. Lacroix also wanted to speak with former president John F. Kennedy.

On Wednesday, Lacroix pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge of breaking and entering and was released. The Barnstable District Court is scheduled to review the case on Aug. 13.

It has been reported that a psychological evaluation is pending, but the court would not confirm that detail because it involved Lacroix’s mental health. In the meantime, Judge W. James O’Neill, who agreed with Lacroix’s attorney that he did not appear dangerous, has ordered Lacroix to keep clear of the Kennedy compound.

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Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.

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