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While we were focusing on a possible new look for Hilary Duff, policemen were patrolling the streets, on the lookout for her supposed stalker.

It paid off. The 18-year-old who allegedly threatened to kill one of our favorite young singers has been arrested.

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Manhattan Beach cops arrested Maksim Miakovsky, an 18-year-old Russian emigre, at a Residence Inn last week. He was booked on charges of making criminal threats and stalking.

There was no word on whether or not a bitter Lindsay Lohan hired the thug out of jealousy of Duff’s clean reputation.

TMZ first reported last month that Duff and her boyfriend, Joel Madden, were terrified that Miakovsky would cause them hard. Duff and Madden asked for a restraining order, alleging that Miakovsky “has stated his intention of ‘removing’ his ‘enemies’ (i.e., those who prevent him from being with her), has stated his intention of purchasing a weapon, and has threatened to kill himself and to engage in dramatic actions to get her attention.”

Pretty much makes Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes appear sane.

Sources said a private investigator from Sunset Protective Services contacted Miakovsky at the Residence Inn and Miakovsky stated his intention of killing Duff on Sunday at an event she was scheduled to attend.

According to legal papers filed by Duff, Miakovsky came to the U.S. “for the sole purpose of meeting and becoming romantically involved with Ms. Duff.”

Miakovsky is currently being held on $200,000 bail at the Manhattan Beach jail. He’s scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday. We hope he either goes to jail for a long time or is forced to stalk Stavros Niarchos from now on.