Sean Combs, the entertainment and fashion impresario who is widely known as Diddy, had an unwelcome repeat visitor on the weekend of April 1, and it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke.
According to East Hampton Town police, Quamine T. Taylor, 30, of Jamaica, Queens, took a train on March 31 from Jamaica station to East Hampton, then a taxi to Mr. Combs’s East Hampton residence on Hedges Banks Drive. Mr. Combs was away at the time. Police said Mr. Taylor went around to the back and entered the house through an unlocked basement door, after which he proceeded to eat, drink, and apparently make merry.
At some point he triggered an alarm, which gave rise to a 1 a.m. visit by an investigator from the alarm company, accompanied by a police officer. After speaking with Mr. Taylor, who assured him that he was a relative of Mr. Combs, the investigator left the premises.
At about 9 p.m. on April 1, a caretaker called the police and reported there was an intruder in the house. When officers knocked on the front door Mr. Taylor answered, only partially clothed, according to the report. The officers accompanied him upstairs, where he got dressed, discovering as they went through the house empty soda cans, liquor bottles, and the remains of food, as well as a bed that had been slept in upstairs.
Mr. Taylor was placed under arrest and taken to headquarters, where he was charged with petty larceny and criminal trespassing.
This was not his first unscheduled visit to Mr. Combs’s house, police reported. He also set off an alarm there in June 2001, when he was 19. Then too, he claimed to be related to Mr. Combs.
Mr. Taylor, tall and thin, well groomed with a goatee, wearing a white hoodie, hands manacled, stood in court on April 2, head bowed. Justice Lisa Rana asked him who his lawyer was at the time of his last arrest here. “I don’t remember,” he responded softly.
Justice Rana, reading Mr. Taylor’s arrest record, then asked if he remembered the name of his lawyer the last time he was arrested in Kings County (Brooklyn). Again he said he could not remember.
Asked how he supported himself, he said he was living on welfare. The justice then asked if he had money for bail. “No, I do not.”
Did anyone know he was arrested?
“My father and his brother,” he responded.
“Will they come and bail you out?” she asked
“I don’t think so,” he said.
The justice then set bail at $2,000, noting that this was Mr. Taylor’s second arrest for the same offense.
As an officer was leading him away, Mr. Taylor stopped and spoke to Justice Rana: “Can I ask you a question?”
“I would advise you not to,” was the answer, and he was taken away.
Mr. Combs was not the only local celebrity to receive an unwelcome visit on March 31.
Alec Baldwin, who has a house on Town Lane in Amagansett, called police on that day at about 2 p.m. to report an unauthorized vehicle, a silver sedan, had pulled into his driveway. A woman whom he described as about 40, with shoulder-length blond hair, was seated behind the wheel. She lingered for a while, but by the time officers arrived the car was gone.
According to The New York Daily News, the woman, identified as Genevieve Sabourin, 40, of Canada, was arrested on Sunday and charged with aggravated harassment and stalking after allegedly visiting Mr. Baldwin’s Greenwich Village apartment and turning up at a Lincoln Center theater where he was hosting an event.
The newspaper reported that Ms. Sabourin had a history of texting and phoning Mr. Baldwin, whom she had met in 2011, so often that he finally was forced to change his number.
She was released the next day without bail, with a ticket to appear in court at a later date.