‣ An arrest warrant was issued for 18-year-old Sheng Gao, accused of trespassing at Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry’s home in Atherton. Gao failed to show up for a court hearing, leading to the issuance of a $500 misdemeanor arrest warrant.
‣ Gao, a foreign exchange student from China, gained access to the property by guessing the security keypad code and entered the home through an unlocked front door. He was confronted by the nanny and left before authorities arrived.
‣ The trespassing charge was upgraded to aggravated trespassing under California law due to the incident taking place at Stephen Curry’s residence. This penalty can carry a maximum sentencing of one year.
So, here’s the deal. An 18-year-old kid named Sheng Gao got himself into some hot water. He’s been accused of trespassing at the home of Golden State Warriors star, Stephen Curry. The house, by the way, is worth a whopping $30 million. This info comes straight from the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
Now, this isn’t just a rumor. A judge actually issued a $500 misdemeanor arrest warrant for Gao. This happened on Tuesday. Why? Well, the guy didn’t show up for his court hearing last week. His arraignment was scheduled for last Thursday, Dec. 7.
Here’s how it all went down. Security cameras caught Gao approaching the home on Selby Lane on Oct. 15. He was seen messing around with the front gate’s security keypad. And guess what? He got lucky and managed to gain access to the Curry property.
Once the gate opened, Gao strolled up the driveway. He then entered the house through an unlocked front door. Inside, he ran into the nanny. He told her he was looking for a “signature.”
The nanny, being the smart woman she is, told him to scram. He left before the cops showed up but was arrested on a nearby road. Curry and his wife, Ayesha, weren’t home at the time. But their three kids were.
In California, a misdemeanor trespassing charge can land you a maximum fine of $1,000. If the trespasser intends to threaten or seriously injure someone, it can be bumped up to a felony charge. The motive of the individual matters big time.
Here’s a little more about Gao. He’s an exchange student from China. He was after Curry’s autograph. Apparently, someone told him that Atherton is the priciest zip code in the U.S. The median home price there in 2022 was $7 million, according to Forbes.
“Someone had told him a famous basketball player lived on this street and someone told him, ‘That’s Steph Curry’s residence over there,'” said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
In a twist, The Mercury News reported that the Curry couple sent an email to Atherton officials. They asked them to reconsider a planned high-density housing complex near their home. The Currys expressed concerns over privacy and safety.
Since the alleged trespass happened at Curry’s residence, the charge was upgraded to aggravated trespassing under California law. This carries a maximum sentence of one year. A standard trespassing charge is usually six months. If it’s a felony trespassing charge, it can include up to three years in jail and/or a maximum fine of $10,000.