UPDATE: Suspect Identified in Connection to LL Cool J House Break-In

The action star and rapper said he was protecting his family.

Action star and rapper LL Cool J stopped a 56-year-old transient in his Studio City hills home at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to Los Angeles Police.

The actor—whose real name is James Todd Smith—was in the movies SWAT and Rollerball and the TV show NCIS: Los Angeles, which is shot nearby at Studio City's lot. The actor plays a buffed Navy Seal in that series.

The gated house at 12000 block of Blairwood Drive is along a narrow road in the Studio City hills off Coldwater Canyon Boulevard where a number of recent house break-ins have occurred in recent weeks.

Detectives were still at the house at 12900 Blairwood Drive most of the afternoon on Wednesday, but the actor would not discuss the incident with the media.

The actor broke the man's nose and jaw when he confronted the intruder in his kitchen, said LAPD spokeswoman Tenesha Dobine of the Media Relations office. 

LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado said police arrested Jonathan Kirby and booked him on suspicion of "hot prowl burglary." The actor was not injured in the altercation.

Kirby was booked Tuesday on the felony charge and his bail was set at $50,000. He remains in custody and did not post bail as of Thursday morning.

What did police think of the actor's handling of the situation? "In this particular case, the suspect did not have a weapon, (and) you have a victim who is in fear for their life, and a family member inside, in this case his daughter inside the residence ... (so) you're going to do whatever is necessary,'' Preciado said.

The actor's publicist Claudine Joseph released a statement:

"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."

Neighbor Robbie Davis told KCAL-9 News that he contacted police at about 12:30 a.m. when he saw the suspicious man walking in the area.

"This was probably not the right place to break in," Davis said. The action star's house also has security gates and cameras.

The actor's daughter called 911 from the house soon after that her father had someone detained.

TMZ reported that the burglar alarm was tripped at the house.

LL Cool J is a workout fantastic who performed songs such as “Rock the Bells" and  "Mama Said Knock Ya Out."

The Los Angeles Times reported that Kirkby has a record of thefts, disorderly conduct and other criminal activity across Los Angeles and Orange counties. The paper reported that Kirby was sentenced to five years in prison for burglary in the 1990s and three years in prison for petty theft in 2005. He also has another theft conviction for which he served jail time and was discharged from prison on Feb. 1.

Stay tuned to Studio City Patch for more information.

* Click here for the K-CAL 9 video story.

* Click here for the ABC report.

JAGR August 22, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE LL COOL J!!!! You know you have arrived when the LAPD holds a news conference for a burglary....lol
Laura August 22, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Mama said knock you out!
Danielle Directo-Meston August 22, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Best reply ever! :)
John J. Nazarian August 23, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Should have shot the scum bag, WTF??? This scum made it into this man's house, he is lucky he only got busted nose and bruised lip......for all you bleeding hearts. 'shooting' would be fair, all you have to do is have a fear for your well being(life) and those around you...... Another missed opportunity to dispatch some garbage direct to hell! John J. Nazarian, P.I. desperateexes.com
4-evr-yng August 23, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Just out of curiosity, why would patch post LL's Address? Now he'll have papparazi and all his fans in front of his place. Really why draw more attention to it?
Just-b-cuz August 23, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Yeah, I thought the same thing. However, it's not like it was a secret from the papparazi or the many, many tour vans and buses that drive by daily anyway.
Studiocitygal August 23, 2012 at 05:19 AM
His show is filmed at paramount
Daphne Frazier August 23, 2012 at 03:18 PM
LL COOL J is a real man, that's how u do it
Michelle August 23, 2012 at 07:44 PM
why would you publish his home address - this seems very irresponsible to me since he has just been attacked - perhaps some responsible journalism is needed here! Do you want everyone to visit his house now - his kids are beside themselves as it is without "tourists" going to check it out!
Mike Szymanski August 23, 2012 at 07:48 PM
This address is the "block" that was given by police, and unfortunately the neighborhood and area is so small that it's very obvious where the house is anyway. The readers need to know where in the area this is, and that its near Coldwater, and that is the most important. It is behind gates and guards, but frankly, anyone who would do a simple google search could find the address more specifically than we give it.
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