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Madonna stalker caught after escaping from mental hospital

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02/10/2012 by Corinne Heller

Madonna's former stalked has been arrested, a week after he escaped from a mental hospital near Los Angeles.

Robert Dewey Hoskins, 54, was detained near the facility on Friday, February 10, police said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. Authorities had said on Thursday that Hoskins had "walked away" from the hospital on February 3 and had described him to be "highly psychotic" when he is off his medication and added that he has "very violent tendencies."

"This morning around 9 a.m., law enforcement officials apprehended Hoskins not too far from Metropolitan State Hospital, and he is being transported back to the facility," the Los Angeles Police Department said in its statement.

Hoskins was committed to facility last year after he was convicted of stalking and making criminal threats against Madonna in 1996. He had served a 10-year prison sentence for the crimes. Madonna had reluctantly testified against the man, who was shot by her personal security after he jumped the fence of her Hollywood Hills home.

After he was freed from prison, he was placed in a different mental hospital. A year after he was released, in July 2011, he had "an additional police contact" that led to him being arrested again and placed in Metropolitan State Hospital.

In 2010, Madonna had an encounter with a different man accused of stalking her named Robert Linhart who was arrested outside her Central Park apartment and charged with graffiti, resisting arrest, and possession of a homemade 7-1/2-inch ice pick.

"I won't stop until I actually meet Madonna," Linhart told police after his arrest. "I am going to go right back there and do it again."

Linhart, a 61-year-old retired New York City firefighter, recently turned down a plea deal on January 18 for his weapons possession charges stemming from the arrest, according to the New York Daily News. There will be a hearing for Linhart on February 21 in New York.

Madonna recently performed at the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots on February 5.

The legendary singer performed hit songs like "Vogue" and "Music" on stage and also performed her new single "Give Me All Your Luvin," featuring appearances by Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.

Madonna was also joined by several more guests. Pop group LMFAO performed and sang a bit from their singles "Party Rock" and "Sexy And I Know It" alongside the pop superstar.

Cee Lo Green, who is promoting the NBC show "The Voice," which aired after the Super Bowl, came on stage to join Madonna for the final song, "Like A Prayer." The two singers, who briefly performed on an elevated platform, were joined by a choir.

On February 3, Madonna released the music video for "Give Me All Your Luvin," featuring M.I.A. and Minaj. Madonna appears in the video wearing black leather, surrounded by football players, while Minaj and M.I.A. sport cheerleading uniforms.

It was announced in December that Madonna's album would be released in late March.

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