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LL Cool J Tackles Burglar in His Own Home

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Here's a message for would-be criminals: Don't mess with LL Cool J

The rapper and star of NCIS: Los Angeles found himself dishing out some real-life law and order last night when he confronted a burglar in his Los Angeles residence and ended up taking the dude down. 

"Mama said knock you out" indeed.

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LAPD tells E! News that the intruder broke into LL's residence, but the 44-year-old hip-hopster (real name James Todd Smith) was home and was alerted to his presence.

When cops showed up, they learned LL Cool J had struck the suspect, a 56-year-old white male that police said looked to be homeless, during a physical confrontation. It was initially reported that the unidentified prowler suffered a few minor bruises, but recent reports say he received a broken nose and jaw.

The suspect was booked on suspicion of burglary and then taken to a hospital while the "Doin' It" MC was OK.

"My understanding is he just had him in custody with his physical strength," Los Angeles police Sgt. Frank Preciado said during a press conference.

When reached for comment, a rep for LL issued a statement today saying, "LL Cool J, and his family, are safe and thank everyone for their thoughts and concern. As a father, husband and citizen, he is committed to keeping his family safe and is cooperating with authorities on this private matter."

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