Epstein's Alleged Stalker Held on $75K

Kathleen Kearney, of Canton, Mass., was taken into custody Monday evening two blocks from Epstein's home, police said

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    Kathleen Kearney, of Canton, Mass., was taken into custody Monday evening two blocks from Epstein's home, police said. Lauren Jiggetts reports. (Published Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012)

    A Massachusetts woman charged with stalking Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein was ordered held on $75,000 bond Tuesday.

    Kathleen Kearney, 44, of Canton, Mass., was taken into custody Monday evening in the 1400 block of West Addison Street, two blocks from Epstein's home, police said.

    At the bond hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scatudo said Kearney provided to them a written statement saying she'd found Epstein's address on the Internet, flew to Chicago and rented a red Ford Mustang.

    She then went to the Epstein home, on the 3600 block of North Greenview, and spoke with Epstein's wife in the front yard, Scatudo said.

    "'I’m Kathy. You must be Marie,'" Kearney allegedly said.

    Marie Epstein reportedly assumed at first the woman was a neighbor but grew suspicious when Kearney said she had a backpack and birthday banner for the couple's son. Marie Epstein asked her visitor to leave and called Cubs security and police, Scatudo said.

    Kearney left, drove around the block and then passed by Wrigley Field, prosecutors said. She allegedly came back later in the day and called out to Theo Epstein as he was coming home. But he didn’t acknowledge her before he went inside. She followed him inside the gate but he did not let her into the house, authorities said.

    She left, and as she was driving around the block she was arrested by police. Kearney was charged with two counts of felony stalking.

    Scatudo said Kearney had been involved in two prior incidents where she sought out Epstein in Boston, including one time when she tried to bring him food from Burger King to Fenway Park. Authorities had trouble tracking her background because her fingers are scarred and she is even missing some fingertips, Scatudo said.

    In court, Kearney’s public defender Amand Sundaram noted Kearney had worked at a culinary institute in Boston.

    At one point during the hearing, Kearney -- dressed in a blouse with blue and red flowers, white shorts and tennis shoes -- blurted out, “I was a librarian.”

    She's due back in court on July 23.

    The Cubs had no comment on the arrest or charges.