Ben and Erin Napiers of HGTV Home Town had a sour encounter at their Laurel, Mississippi, residence last May, according to court filings filed in Jones County. Other friends of Erin Napiers were named as plaintiffs in court filings filed in Jones County. The defendant, John Patrick Gaffney, returned to his home in Santa Barbara, and the case was dismissed.
Erin Napier shared her shock story in a May 2022 Instagram post. 'It's like a Star Wars storm trooper wearing an ankle monitor bracelet,' she said. 'God sent me here to protect the women of Laurel, and especially little Helen.' He had purchased a house a block from ours and was living there with nothing but a suitcase and toys for my three-year-old daughter to visit.'
According to court records, John Gaffney was arrested in California and was released on bail. Napier added, Ben saw red and his blood boiled. I was terrified and 9.5 months pregnant. The case was dismissed on May 19, 2021.
The Napiers' Accused Stalker Pleaded Guilty to Charges in California and Spent Time in Prison
According to local press reports, John Patrick Gaffney sparked a lot of interest in Laurel when he appeared in the Mississippi town. The Laurel Leader-Call proclaimed him an avid fan and headlined its article, Luke Skystalker? Gaffney was seen walking around town in a Star Wars storm trooper outfit and squirting people at local businesses with a water gun.
According to a court case search by Heavy, Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox said, "We have had a conversation, but we cant just tell someone to leave Laurel because we dont like them." On May 21, the newspaper reported that Gaffney had left the town.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Gaffney has worked as a real estate broker in Santa Barbara. According to his LinkedIn profile, Gaffney was arrested in Santa Barbara just weeks before his trip to Laurel, according to Edhat, a local news website. Gaffney was accused of launching a pistol and a Taser during a verbal altercation on April 22, 2021.
According to court filings, John Gaffney made extensive verbal threats to the victim at the time. Gaffney then fled into his apartment before police arrived, according to Edhat. Gaffney was eventually arrested after negotiations, and was sentenced to $50,000 in prison.
According to court records, Gaffney admitted no contest to a misdemeanor charge of threatening a crime with intent to terrorize. The weapons charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to nine days in county jail and four days good conduct, meaning he was released from custody after his sentenced on May 28, 2022.
Erin Napier said in her Instagram post to keep your kids safe from the internet world as much as you can.
Erin Napier's tweet was shared by Erin Napier (@erinapier)
In the May 2022 Instagram post, Napier shared more information about the couple and their children while Gaffney was in Laurel. In the weeks immediately following, before he was finally sent back to CA, he found Mal and Jims baby girl on walks with her nanny. Disgusting things.
Helen asked who they were and why they were there, and we never told her the truth. They are friends of ours who are staying with us for a year! It further reinforced what I already knew: protect your children in the internet world as much as you can.
Napier told People magazine that it was absolutely terrifying at the time. Everything feels much more intense and stressful than it normally would be. Everyone was chasing it away because I was pregnant and stressed out. Then when we got in the car and he told me what was happening, it scared me to death and gave me chills. I havent spoken publicly about it since.