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Home Intruder Who Broke Into Eminem's House Said He Was There To Kill Him, Police Allege

Matthew David Hughes was arrested in April for breaking into the rapper's Michigan home.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
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A man arrested earlier this year for allegedly breaking into Eminem's Michigan house told the rapper that he was there to kill him, authorities said.

Adam Hackstock, an officer with the Clinton Township Police, appeared in court on Wednesday to testify during a preliminary hearing, the Detroit Free Press reports.

“When Mr. Mathers asked him why he was there, he was told by Mr. Hughes that he was there to kill him,” Hackstock told the court.

Matthew David Hughes was arrested and charged with first-degree home invasion and malicious destruction of a building after allegedly forcing his way into Eminem's home in the early morning hours of April 5. Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, was woken up at around 4 a.m. by a security alarm alerting him to the presence of an intruder; he then "verbally and physically" restrained the man in the living room until security were able to respond.

Hughes, who has been described by authorities as homeless, is believed to have thrown a rock through Mathers' kitchen door located near the back of the property, according to the Detroit Free Press.

He appeared in court on Wednesday, but Mathers did not; however, his attorney was able to attend via a live stream, the paper reports. During the hearing, Officer Hackstock shed more light on the incident: he said that after responding to the call at Mathers' Clinton Township home, he found a member of the rapper's security detail restraining Hughes on the ground. During the struggle, Hughes, who was not armed, allegedly implied that he was a friend who lived in the area.

Det. Dan Quinn with Clinton Township Police also testified on Wednesday, and claimed that footage captured by Mathers' security cameras showed that Hughes, after breaking the window, managed to linger on the grounds for "quite some time" before making his way inside, according to the Free Press.

Hughes has remained in custody at the Macomb County Jail on a $50,000 bond since April, online jail records show. His attorney, Richard Glanda, requested that his bond be reduced, but that request was denied on Wednesday, the Free Press reports. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 28 and will proceed to trial, where he faces a 20-year sentence if convicted.

Following the hearing, Glanda said that he believes his client may have "mental issues," according to the Free Press. 

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