A man who broke into Eminem’s house in April was allegedly ‘there to kill him’, according to a police officer who responded to the home invasion.
The rapper, 47, was home at the time of the incident, with TMZ reporting Em – real name Marshall Mathers – came ‘face to face’ with the intruder, after he reportedly gained access to the star’s Michigan pad from the back of the property, located in a gated community, while security were manning the front.
Now a Clinton Township police officer, Adam Hackstock, who responded to the incident on April 5, testified in court Wednesday and claimed the intruder – identified as Matthew David Hughes – told the rapper he intended to kill him.
Hackstock told Macomb County District Court the performer said he woke up to a man standing behind him and initially believed him to be his nephew before realising he was an intruder.
The officer said, according to Detroit Free Press: ‘When Mr Mathers asked him why he was there, he was told by Mr Hughes that he was there to kill him.’
According to Hughes’ attorney, Richard Glanda, his client denies ever saying that, telling Fox News: ‘I’m not sure where [the officer’s statement] came from…there was no physical contact between the two in the house.’ Hackstock testified he arrived at Mathers’ house that night to find a security guard wrestling with Hughes on the ground.
According to the officer, Hughes – who reportedly was not carrying a weapon – claimed he was a ‘friend’ living in the area and added the rapper said he walked Hughes through several rooms before escorting him out of the house.
Hackstock told the court a brick was found inside a broken window while Clinton Township Detective Dan Quinn said multiple angles of security footage showed Hughes on the premises for ‘quite some time’ before he climbed through a window of the house. It came during a preliminary examination for Hughes, who is charged with first-degree home invasion and malicious destruction of property.
Hughes’ court-appointed attorney said that ‘mental issues’ may be at play with his client, who prosecutors believe is also homeless. He has remained in jail since the incident, on a $50,000 (£38k) bond
Mathers was not in court, however his attorney watched proceedings via video. Judge Jacob Femminineo Jr scheduled a September 28 arraignment in Macomb County Circuit Court and denied a request by the suspect’s attorney to reduce the bond.