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Woman charged with five counts in 'American Pie' barricade case

April 22, 2013|By Andrew Blankstein
  • Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged a woman with five felony counts for allegedly barricading herself in the Hollywood Hills home of "American Pie" actor Eddie Kaye Thomas, shown.
Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged a woman with five felony counts… (First Look Media )

A Russian national has been charged with five felony counts for allegedly barricading herself in the Hollywood Hills home of "American Pie" actor Eddie Kaye Thomas.

Roxanna Bear, 31, was charged by Los Angeles County prosecutors Friday with one count each of committing vandalism causing damage over $400, interference with a wireless communication device, exhibiting a deadly weapon, false report of a criminal offense, and resisting or obstructing a peace officer.

Bear was arrested Wednesday after a Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team fired flash-bang grenades and tear gas into the home of Thomas, best known for his role as Paul Finch in the "American Pie" films.

In addition to that role, Thomas has made numerous TV and movie appearances dating back a decade.

The actor met Bear for the first time at a restaurant Tuesday night, said LAPD Lt. Andrew Neiman. She stayed overnight at his home and on Wednesday was asked to leave but refused.

In addition to threatening Thomas, she destroyed personal property at Thomas' home, including dishes, a lamp and a guitar, police said.

Police tried to persuade Bear, whom they described as an aspiring singer, to give up. When she refused, they fired the flash-bang grenades and multiple rounds of tear gas.

Bear had been arrested by Beverly Hills police in late February on suspicion of misdemeanor public intoxication and refusing to leave private property at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, authorities said.

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