Los Angeles, Apr 28 : Police detained a man who tried to grab the boyfriend of socialite Paris Hilton Wednesday as the couple arrived at a courthouse to testify against a suspect in an attempted break-in at her home last year.
An Associated Press photographer and reporters interviewing the couple saw the man appear to get a hand on the neck of Cy Waits before being seized by a bodyguard and taken away.
The incident occurred as Hilton and Waits were walking into a Superior Court building in Van Nuys to testify against Nathan Parada, 31, who is charged with attempted first-degree felony burglary.
Hilton later posted on her Twitter account that a "psycho intruder just punched Cy in the back of the head as we were walking into the court house."
The man was still being booked by police late Wednesday. His name was not immediately released.
Hilton and Waits testified about being awakened by a man banging on a window at her home last August. They left the courthouse without further incident.
Police Detective Kevin Romine testified that Parada told him and his partner that he had left a halfway house in California several days before going to Hilton's home with the intention of robbing it.
Parada told police he found the Hollywood Hills house after purchasing a map of stars' homes then stayed outside for several hours before going to a back window and pounding on it with the butt of a knife, Ramine said.
During his interview, Parada told detectives that he planned to steal whatever her could carry, sell it and move to a deserted island, Romine testified.
Parada also told police that he had not taken his antidepressant medication for several days before going to Hilton's home, the detective said.
He said Parada knew there was at least one person inside but didn't plan to hurt anyone.
Police were told Hilton's home was targeted because she is famous and she was from a rich family, Romine said.
Deputy District Attorney Kaveh Faturechi said he expects to conclude his case Thursday. Parada could face a maximum of three years in prison if convicted. AP