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Police say Kennedy intruder was seeking Katy Perry

HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — A man accused of breaking into a home in the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod and telling authorities he was looking for singer Katy Perry has been ordered held for a mental health evaluation.

Fifty-three-year-old James Lacroix appeared in Barnstable Superior Court on Wednesday on a breaking and entering charge. A not guilty plea was entered for him but a formal arraignment was delayed until Aug. 13.

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Katy Perry. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Police responded to the home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after getting a call from a Kennedy family member who said a strange man picked up the phone at the home and he was concerned about the well-being of his teenage son.

Police say they located Lacroix in the kitchen.

Neighbors tell police he may have been at the home for three hours.

Police responding to the Irving Avenue home found James Lacroix, 53, in the kitchen. Video of the arrest showed him wearing camouflage shorts and a Captain America T-shirt.

The teen in the home apparently saw Lacroix reading a book, but thought he was a friend of the family, Chief Paul MacDonald said. The teen was not harmed.

Lacroix’s car had been parked outside for about three hours, neighbors told police.

Lacroix was charged with breaking and entering and was held overnight by police pending arraignment Wednesday in Barnstable District Court.

It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

The more than 9,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom home, which was purchased by John F. Kennedy in 1956, was assessed this year at $2.11 million, according to town records. It is now owned by a family trust.

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