Here’s an artist’s rendering of Michael David Barrett, the man accused of stalking and filming peephole videos of Erin Andrews:
(Credit: Associated Press)
He’ll appear in court again on Monday. That’s when a Chicago judge will determine if he’ll be released on bond and allowed to travel alone to Los Angeles where he faces interstate stalking charges. Those charges carry a max penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Despite his reportedly clean record, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think that Barrett could be a flight risk.
Now for the most perplexing part of this whole case.
How in the hell was Barrett able to (*allegedly*) convince hotel personnel at a Nashville Marriott and also possibly a Ramada Inn in Milwaukee to give him Andrews’ room number information. There absolutely has to be more to the story than him just calling up the front desk and simply requesting a next-door room.
Better put, at least I hope there is.
It’s reasonable to assume he misrepresented something about himself or his affiliation in order to make it happen. But it’s pretty damn disconcerting to know that the hotels in question could be duped to that extent.