Columbia County man gains notoriety as Miley Cyrus stalker

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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. -- Mark McLeod stood out among the throngs of fans at the Tybee Island pier even before he told police he and Miley Cyrus were engaged - even before he said the teen star communicated with him through secret messages in photos and her "Hannah Montana" TV show.

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Mr. McLeod, 53, of Appling, first drew attention during the carnival scene shoots for "The Last Song" last month because he was walking up to young girls and making "inappropriate comments," Tybee Island police said.

When officers approached him, the Columbia County man began screaming obscenities and had to be subdued in double-locked handcuffs. He also tried to head-butt one of the arresting officers on the way to the patrol car, Tybee police reported.

This isn't the first time Mr. McLeod has popped up at a Miley event, nor is it the first time for him to come to the attention of law enforcement. He showed up outside a March 6 book signing in Manhattan, where in a video clip posted by the New York Daily News, he professed his love for the girl he said he would marry.

"He was already a known stalker," said Tybee Police Lt. Bob Bryson. "There was some intelligence given to us. Disney security was pretty open that there were people that were more of an interest to them because of their interest in her."

A Los Angeles police detective who works in the department's threat management unit contacted Tybee police after learning of Mr. McLeod's arrest. His presence at her film shoot here violated a court order in Los Angeles County, Detective Kevin Puebla told Mr. Bryson. Detective Puebla hoped to submit paperwork to have Mr. McLeod taken into custody.

But the Augusta area man was already gone.

The day after Mr. McLeod was arrested and taken to the Chatham County jail, he was released because of overcrowding, Sheriff's Lt. Tommy Tillman said.

Mr. McLeod did not have money to post bail, so he was released after signing a subpoena promising he would appear for a Sept. 1 court date.

Jail officials, Lt. Tillman said, apparently did not believe Mr. McLeod was a danger to himself or others, so they did not order a psychiatric evaluation at Georgia Regional Hospital.

Contacted Tuesday in Los Angeles, Lt. Puebla said he was aware of Mr. McLeod but could make no other public comments to the media.

Tybee Island law enforcement are concerned about McLeod returning. Fliers with his mug shot, physical description and some of his comments on the Web have been posted to alert officers. They were not aware "of the L.A. situation," Bryson said, until after McLeod was arrested.

"We're definitely on the lookout for him," Bryson said.

Perceived relationship

During the long ride from Tybee to the Chatham jail, McLeod talked with Officer Warren Millikan about his perceived relationship with Miley, which had begun a year and a half ago, he said.

"'Our eyes met at her concert and we both knew," he is reported to have told Officer Millikan. "I walked straight through security and up to her bus. Billy Ray was standing there. He shook my hand and said, 'You're the good man we've been praying for.'"

Mr. McLeod said he is not close to Miley's mother, Trish, whom he says was "linked to security." Miley's security people, he added, "walked with the devil."

A Disney movie executive in charge of national publicity said the studio would have no comment.

Lt. Bryson, however, assured that Miley has round-the-clock security staffed with experts. In addition, off-duty Tybee officers are providing additional protection.

Filming is expected to continue on the island this week, and should Mr. McLeod return, Lt. Bryson said, he could face charges of stalking or aggravated stalking, depending on the circumstances.

Mr. McLeod could not be reached at his Appling home. A message said his voice mailbox was full.

His determination was evident to Tybee police.

"No one will ever be able to keep us apart," he told Officer Millikan.

"We're like one."

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augustian
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augustian 07/30/09 - 07:01 am
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what a touching love

what a touching love story...Creep

Retired LTC
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Retired LTC 07/30/09 - 07:39 am
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Well at least he's not going

Well at least he's not going after a horse.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 07/30/09 - 08:03 am
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Yeah, THAT is the guy that

Yeah, THAT is the guy that Miley is looking for..................

reader212
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reader212 07/30/09 - 08:10 am
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Billy probably thought he was

Billy probably thought he was the tour bus repair man.

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1trugent 07/30/09 - 08:24 am
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He is not a danger to himself

He is not a danger to himself and others. Right. He has all the ingredients for a violent stalker. People like him should be permanenty removed from society in order to protect not only our celebrities, but our young as well. He's free, so we'll hearing from this nut case again.

Edward1968
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Edward1968 07/30/09 - 08:39 am
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He should be locked down at

He should be locked down at Regional. I can't believe they let him go. How much you want to bet he won't show up on court date.

Why ME
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Why ME 07/30/09 - 08:40 am
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Wonder if he was at the cow

Wonder if he was at the cow killing BBQ?

Happy Camper 455
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Happy Camper 455 07/30/09 - 08:47 am
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ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooook

ironpurps
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ironpurps 07/30/09 - 08:57 am
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What a freak. Can someone

What a freak. Can someone please put this nut in regional?

GuyIncognito
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GuyIncognito 07/30/09 - 09:06 am
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This is awesome. Why can't

This is awesome. Why can't we have more news like this? A funny story where the bad guy was caught with no real damage occurring.

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 07/30/09 - 10:00 am
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Sounds like Schizophrenia to

Sounds like Schizophrenia to me. And they released him without an evaluation.

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 07/30/09 - 10:06 am
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I just watched the video of

I just watched the video of this guy. There is a problem there. This guy will be dangerous once he is rejected. And they let him go.

Hatfield0278
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Hatfield0278 07/30/09 - 10:39 am
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I can't believe he was

I can't believe he was released without a psychiatric evaluation

double_standard
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double_standard 07/30/09 - 10:50 am
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I bet he listens to Rush.

I bet he listens to Rush.

rufus
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rufus 07/30/09 - 10:54 am
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It was a magic moment when

It was a magic moment when their eyes first met.

Lumbarsupport
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Lumbarsupport 07/30/09 - 11:29 am
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I thought I was the only

I thought I was the only person that Miley sent messages to. I trusted her!! Her lies caused me to break up with my long time girlfriend, Jodie Foster. Jodie, please take me back, I don't know what came over me.

helpicantfindthespacebar
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helpicantfindthespacebar 07/30/09 - 12:45 pm
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omg...I just watched that

omg...I just watched that video and as a parent it scared the hell out of me. This guy is batsnit insane and needs to in restraints and on meds asap. He talks like he already has a personal relationship with Miley, but admits that he's never actually met her....she just communicates with him through pictures. He's clearly delusional and would no doubt take rejection poorly. Scary, scary stuff!

me001968
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me001968 07/30/09 - 01:01 pm
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He does sound like a

He does sound like a "textbook" schizophrenic! They let this guy walk as no threat to others? Come near my daughter and you'll be meeting Jesus really quick!

old man river
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old man river 07/30/09 - 03:58 pm
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Nah me....He'll be meeting

Nah me....He'll be meeting the devil.

SnowBallCity
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SnowBallCity 07/30/09 - 04:45 pm
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Watch the video. He is slap

Watch the video. He is slap down delusional. Yes Mark, "Everybody Knows". It's sad really. Mental illness can be very sad. Other people are just crazy.

BananaBarry
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BananaBarry 07/30/09 - 10:24 pm
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Mark McLeod is not half as

Mark McLeod is not half as crazy as our president. Skizophrenia is just another liberal word for Obamacare.

SusieQ
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SusieQ 07/30/09 - 11:14 pm
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Oh My God, Who is this guy? I

Oh My God, Who is this guy? I can't believe they let him go! I hope they keep a close eye on Miley. SusieQ

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Waterburger1 07/31/09 - 02:20 am
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What concerns me most is that

What concerns me most is that "personal heater."

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