Thank goodness! Mila Kunis' stalker, who escaped from a mental health facility this past weekend, was recaptured by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, officials told the Associated Press on Wednesday, June 3.
The culprit, Stuart Lynn Dunn, was found in an alley in Santa Monica, Calif., four days after he escaped from the Olive Vista Behavioral Health Center in Pomona.
Dunn was arrested in 2012 after breaking into the That '70s Show actress' condominium, which was vacant at the time. Months later, Dunn violated his restraining order and was taken into custody after waiting for Kunis outside of her gym for three consecutive days.
After pleading no contest in January 2013 to stalking Ashton Kutcher's fiancee, Dunn was ordered to stay away from Kunis and her reps for 10 years. He alarmingly vanished on Saturday night from the institution, which is located about 50 miles from Santa Monica, where he was found.
Police speculated that Dunn got out of the facility at around 7:30 p.m. local time by climbing through a bathroom window. He then scaled a barbed-wire fence. He was reported missing after he did not return from his shower. Kunis was made aware of Dunn's escape.
At the time, Deputy Chief Reaver Bingham said authorities were classifying him as dangerous. "We never know the state of mind of an individual," Bingham said after Dunn's escape. "He does have a fixation on the original victim, so that's why."
The sheriff's department released an official statement to the AP on Wednesday regarding Dunn's high-profile capture.
"Mr. Dunn's arrest was the result of the diligent efforts led by the Los Angeles County Probation Department's special enforcements operation and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's major crimes division," the department said, adding that efforts focused on highly populated areas including West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and other surrounding neighborhoods.
According to the AP, laws about stalking have tightened after Rebecca Schaeffer, a model and actress, was murdered back in 1989 by a fan. Her killer remains behind bars and is currently serving a life sentence without parole.
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