The Kardashian-Jenner clan has thanked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for arresting a Canadian man – holding an expired visa – who has twice been convicted of trespassing at the California home of model Kendall Jenner.
The actions of 38-year-old John Ford, who was most recently found in Jenner's swimming pool, had a “severe impact” on the 23-year-old’s life and the entire family’s sense of security, a representative for the family said in a statement.
“We are extremely appreciative of the hard work by the Los Angeles Police Dept. and ICE, whose swift response and professionalism led to this man’s apprehension,” the statement said. His arrest has given the family “peace of mind.”
Ford was arrested last week in the parking lot of an Albuquerque, N.M., motel after agents received a tip that he was in New Mexico, said ICE in a statement Friday.
“We are extremely appreciative of the hard work by the Los Angeles Police Dept. and ICE, whose swift response and professionalism led to this man’s apprehension."
“This timely arrest could very well have prevented a violent crime,” said Jack P. Staton, ICE special agent in charge of HSI El Paso. “Our special agents acted quickly on this tip to ensure that this obsessive behavior didn’t escalate to become a tragedy.”
Los Angeles police have arrested Ford twice in the past year resulting in misdemeanor convictions and jail time.
In November, Jenner had filed protection orders against Ford, requiring the Canadian to stay at least 100 yards away from the 23-year-old for five years, the New York Post’s Page Six reported.
Ford entered the U.S. at Sweetwater, Mont., over a year ago with a non-immigrant B-2 visa, ICE said. The visa allowed him to stay in the U.S. for only six months.
He remains in federal custody in El Paso, Texas, awaiting a hearing on his immigration case.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.