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Suspect in Beverly Hills stalking case arrested outside home of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti

The Getty House in the Hancock Park neighborhood is the official residence of the Los Angeles mayor.
The Getty House in the Hancock Park neighborhood is the official residence of the Los Angeles mayor.
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A woman wanted in connection with an alleged stalking incident in Beverly Hills was arrested this week outside the Getty House, which serves as the residence of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, authorities said.

On Monday, officers responded to reports of “suspicious activity” and arrested the woman without incident about 5:45 p.m., said Capt. Gisselle Espinoza, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The woman had an outstanding warrant in Beverly Hills and was turned over to police there, Espinoza said.

Beverly Hills police identified the woman as Jessica Angela Collins, a 48-year-old Los Angeles resident.

She appeared in court Wednesday but didn’t enter a plea, as her attorney raised questions about her competency, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the L.A. County district attorney’s office. The case was referred to mental health court.

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According to jail records, Collins is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail. She has not been charged.

Collins was wanted in connection with an alleged stalking incident involving a Beverly Hills business that took place last weekend, said Lt. Elisabeth Albanese, a spokeswoman for the Beverly Hills Police Department. She did not elaborate.

Beverly Hills police had issued an alert about Collins’ vehicle, and Albanese said LAPD officers had noticed the car outside the Getty House, in the 600 block of Irving Boulevard in Hancock Park. Collins was in her car when she was arrested, authorities said.

Garcetti spokesman Alex Comisar said neither the mayor nor his family knows Collins. Albanese said the incident involving the business in Beverly Hills had no connection to Garcetti or any other celebrities, and it was not clear why Collins was outside the Getty House.

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But Collins’ estranged husband, Randal Collins, told The Times that she had a fixation with Garcetti and had complained about the mayor and other politicians on Facebook.

Marilyn Smith, an attorney who is representing Jessica Collins in her divorce proceedings, couldn’t immediately confirm that her client was the woman arrested.

Jessica Collins was charged last year with violating a restraining order and harassment by telephone in connection with an incident in November 2017, according to court records. Smith said the charges were later dismissed, and Collins pleaded no contest last week to a separate infraction for trespassing.

Built in 1921, the Getty House was deeded to the city in 1975 as a gift from Getty Oil Co. The home serves as the official residence of the mayor, although some officeholders have opted not to live there.

Garcetti and his family moved into the Windsor Square mansion shortly after he won the 2013 mayor’s race. Garcetti and his wife, Amy Wakeland, use the home as an event space. Protesters occasionally gather outside.

In 2012, Garcetti and Wakeland obtained a restraining order against a man they said had twice illegally entered their home in Silver Lake. The order had been sought by Wakeland, who said in a declaration that the man appeared to be “an unstable individual” and possibly a substance abuser.


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