Entries in Burglar (4)


LL Cool J’s Alleged Intruder Charged with Burglary

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles County prosecutors Thursday charged a 56-year-old transient with first-degree burglary with a person present after he allegedly broke into the home of rapper-actor LL Cool J while he and his family were sleeping.

Jonathan A. Kirby was charged as a “third striker” in a felony complaint because of previous felony convictions in Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Prosecutors are asking for bail to be set at $1.1 million.

Kirby remains hospitalized with a broken nose, jaw and ribs after an intruder broke into the Sherman Oaks, Calif., home of LL Cool J, whose real name is James Todd Smith, at about 2 a.m. Wednesday and triggered an alarm.

No one else was hurt in the incident and nothing was stolen.

Smith, 44, heard noises while sleeping upstairs and went down to see what was happening, KABC reported. The famously fit star, who plays a special agent on NCIS Los Angeles, saw the intruder and quickly took him down.

Smith was able to hold down the intruder until authorities arrived.

“LL Cool J, and his family, are safe and thank everyone for their thoughts and concern. As a father, husband and citizen, he is committed to keeping his family safe and is cooperating with authorities on this private matter,” a representative for Smith said Wednesday.

Kirby’s arraignment will be announced later. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 38 years to life in prison.

Under the moniker LL Cool J (an abbreviation for “Ladies Love Cool James”) Smith rose to fame as a rapper with hits including “Around the Way Girl”  and “Mama Said Knock You Out” in the 1980s and 1990s. He turned to acting in the 1990s and 2000s, appearing in films including Deep Blue Sea and S.W.A.T.

Smith took the role of Sam Hanna on the CBS show NCIS: Los Angeles in 2009.

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Alex Trebek Burglary Suspect Says She's a Prostitute, Not a Thief

Ben Hider/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The woman accused of breaking into Alex Trebek's hotel room in San Francisco last month and stealing from him says there's been a big misunderstanding.

She says she's not a burglar -- she's a prostitute.

An attorney for 56-year-old Lucinda Moyers tells the San Francisco Examiner that his client was at the Marriott Marquis in downtown San Francisco to meet with a john, who failed to answer the door when she knocked.  Moyers further claims she never entered Trebek's room, and that she fled from the Jeopardy! host because she didn't want hotel security to find out she was attempting to meet with a john.

Trebek has said he tore his Achilles tendon while chasing Moyers.

Moyers is accused of stealing $650, a bracelet and other items from the room where Trebek and his wife were staying.  She's pleaded not guilty to one count each of residential burglary and possession of stolen property.

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Halle Berry's Alleged Stalker Charged with Burglary

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Richard Anthony Franco, the 27-year-old man facing felony stalking charges after being arrested for repeatedly trespassing on Halle Berry's property, was charged with one count of residential burglary Wednesday for allegedly breaking into a building at Berry's Hollywood Hills home on July 10, the second of three days in a row that he was allegedly seen by the actress or security at her home, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Berry was granted a restraining order against Franco earlier this month, after testifying she was "in fear for [her] life" on one occasion after she found the unwanted visitor "standing less than a foot behind me, staring at me through my glass kitchen door."

Franco has pleaded not guilty to felony stalking and the new burglary charge.  The suspect, who has been behind bars since his arrest earlier this month, faces three years in prison if convicted of felony stalking and another six years in jail if found guilty of the burglary charge.

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Alex Trebek Chases Burglar, Injures Leg

Ben Hider/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- He's not just the host of Jeopardy!, he's also a vigilante. Alex Trebek appeared on crutches on July 27, 2011 while hosting the National Geographic World Championship. The reason: He was chasing a burglar at his hotel in San Francisco, Calif., in the middle of the night when his Achilles tendon snapped. Trebek said when he fell, he also injured his other leg. Trebek, 71, assured the audience that he was OK.

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