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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police arrested a man who tried to grab the boyfriend of Paris Hilton as the couple arrived Wednesday 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.
James Rainford, 36, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery on a person and was being held on $20,000 bail.
She 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 Redlands, Calif., 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, Romine said.
He said Parada knew there was at least one person inside but didn’t plan to hurt anyone.
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.
Associated Press photographer Nick Ut contributed to this report.
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