Grammy-winning rapper and TV actor LL Cool J fought a burglar in the kitchen of his Los Angeles house early on Wednesday and held him there until officers arrived to take the man into custody, police said.
The 58-year-old prowler, whom LL Cool J caught in his house shortly before 1 a.m., appears to have been homeless, said Los Angeles police spokesman Richard French. “There was a brief physical confrontation between the two,” he said. Afterward, LL Cool J called police and the prowler, whose name has not been released, was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital, French said. He will be charged with burglary, French said. The extent of the man’s injuries was not immediately clear. “LL Cool J, and his family, are safe and thank everyone for their thoughts and concern,” his spokesman, Rhett Usry, said in a statement. “As a father, husband and citizen, he is committed to keeping his family safe and is cooperating with authorities on this private matter,” Usry said. LL Cool J was born James Todd Smith on Long Island, New York, and he adopted the name LL Cool J to stand for Ladies Love Cool James. The 44-year-old entertainer’s rap career dates back to his critically acclaimed 1985 album “Radio.”