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Days of our Lives' Drake Hogestyn Subdues Attacker

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Soap opera fiction takes on a real life threat.


Drake Hogestyn (John, Days of our Lives)It was a wild and wacky end of 2007 for Days of our Lives Drake Hogestyn (John).  First, his much beloved character was killed off the soap, much to the fans chagrin. In fact, one fan was so enraged, he sought out Hogestyn at his home on New Year's Eve and physically attacked him and his family. Hogestyn defended himself and his wife and daughter, and along with son, Ben, subdued the attacker until the police arrived. TMZ.com leaked the restraining order .

According to TMZ, here's how it played out. 

Hogestyn said he was with his family in the backyard of their Malibu home when Carl Raymond Cheney of Portland, OR came on to his property and ran at his daughter carrying a bible screaming "Where is he? I will cast him out!" Hogestyn said Cheney was "calling me by my stage name... recalling past storylines, especially the demonic possession of several years past. But more important, he thought I was dead, because the show that aired on Friday 12.29.07 left my character John Black shot and presumed dead."

The incident occured as Hogestyn was on a ladder painting his house. Cheney grabbed and pushed his wife backwards on their patio stairs. Hogestyn then grabbed Cheney by the hair, spun him around, delivered a right cross to the chin that sent him down the stairs.  The restraining order notes that the struggle continued for ten full minutes until Hogestyn and his 25-year-old son, Ben, were able to subdue Cheney by duct-taping the intruder's hands and feet until police arrived.

Cheney was taken to LA County jail and held on $150,000 bond.  Motive was established when the coppers found a map providing directions from Cheney's home in Oregon to the Hogestyn's in Malibu.

Soapdom regrets that Hogestyn and his family had to endure such an ordeal, but remain thankful that the Hogestyn's came away from the incident without injury or bodily harm.  

A hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29th at 8:30 AM. 

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susan58 said:

Days of Our Lives is out of control. Seems like the stories have nothing but people dieing and then coming back to life. John should have been left dead. He's sickening to watch. His actions make him think he's God's gift to everyone. Hope seems to think she's God's gift and is sickening to watch anymore. She isn't pure and innocent and to go after Belle, the way she did, was wrong. What's with Shawn leaving Belle so soon. Look at his past and Belle and Philip did the love making before the marriage. Also, how many times is Philip going to say, "I just want to talk to you, but I'll leave if you want me too". The Belle and Philip episodes should end for good. S. Dimera should have been left dead and gone a long time ago. What's with this Sami and EJ, twins with different fathers, episode. Get rid of that. Days need to have a whole new story line. The only good part was when Chelsea finally said that Ford was dead and confessed. Chelsea should be replaced with someone else. Chelsea is not a good actress. New writers and new blood is needed in this soap. It needs to be more real. I guess you know, I'm real disappointed in Days. Might have to try a new soap, one that is more realistic and down to earth.
January 28, 2008
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