MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- A homeless man obsessed with tennis star Anna Kournikova swam naked across Biscayne Bay in search of her home and got caught lounging in the buff at her neighbor's pool, police said.
Police said William Lepeska screamed, "Anna! Save me!" as he was arrested Jan. 30 from the house three doors down from Kournikova's $5 million home. He faced a court appearance Friday.
Lepeska, 40, who has an "Anna" tattoo on his arm, was charged with stalking and burglary, as well as exposing himself in the presence of a child, after the neighbor's 3-year-old daughter saw him lying naked on a lawn chair by the pool.
Lepeska allegedly told police that he was in love with the tennis star and desperate to meet her.
Angela Robertson, a Miami-Dade public defender representing Lepeska, did not immediately return a phone message Tuesday.
Ivy Mollenkamp, the tennis player's publicist, said in a statement that the arrest "has caused Anna to be very concerned and fearful for her safety."
Police said Lepeska told them he spent months searching for Kournikova's address on the Internet. He sent her numerous letters and e-mails, and told police he believed Kournikova had left a door unlocked and laid out clothing for him.
Miami-Dade County Court Judge Gerald Klein issued a restraining order against Lepeska on Friday. Lepeska is currently being held in the county jail on a $26,000 bail.
Kournikova's attorneys, Dan Gelber and Steve Chaykin, did not immediately return phone messages Tuesday.
In this undated image taken from video, William Lepeska is shown in a police photo taken in Florida. Lepeska has been accused of swimming nude across Biscayne Bay in search of tennis star Anna Kournikova's waterfront residence in Florida, and getting caught naked by the swimming pool of her neighbor's home, according to authorities. Lepeska, 40, who sports an ``Anna'' tattoo on his right biceps, was charged with stalking and burglary following the Jan. 30 incident.(image is below)