Paris Hilton woken by knife-wielding intruder

Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:45pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Celebrity heiress Paris Hilton called police on Tuesday after seeing a man wielding two large knives and banging on her windows, apparently trying to break into her Los Angeles home.

"So Scary, just got woken up to a guy trying to break into my house holding 2 big knifes. Cops are here arresting him," Hilton said in a Twitter message early on Tuesday morning.

She also posted a photo of police outside her house and a man in handcuffs.

Police confirmed they had arrested a man in his 40s who appeared to have been trying to break in. No injuries were reported and the man did not gain entry to the house.

Sources close to Hilton, 29, said the socialite saw the man on her security cameras and called police immediately. She did not know the man and it was unclear if the heir to the Hilton hotels group was targeted, or whether it was a random incident, celebrity website TMZ reported.

Hilton, the great-granddaughter of Hilton hotels founder Conrad Hilton, has worked as a model, singer, actress, fashion designer and reality TV star. She runs a multimillion dollar business based on her name, including clothing lines, fragrances, wine, and red carpet appearances.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Sue Zeidler)

<p>Paris Hilton arrives at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo May 18, 2010. The World Music Awards honours the bestselling recording artists from around the world. REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier</p>