Prowler at Cruise's home turns out to be neighbor

Actor Tom Cruise stars in a film out Christmas Day that might be the biggest risk of his career. "Valkyrie" is the true story of a German officer in World War II who plotted to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Cruise told Barbara Walters the film was "inspiring." "It was an incredible screenplay," he said. "A story that I didn't know about, and that I had no idea that that happened? it was just very compelling." (Dan Steinberg/AP Photo)

October 29, 2012 3:03:37 AM PDT
Police say a security guard at actor Tom Cruise's house used a stun gun on a would-be prowler, but the man turned out to be an intoxicated neighbor who may have mistakenly entered the property.

Lt. Lincoln Hoshino says the confrontation occurred at Cruise's Beverly Hills residence about 9:30 p.m. PDT Sunday when the actor and his family weren't home.

The guard saw a man "climbing a fence to gain access to the property" and he used the stun gun to detain him for police.

The officer tells City News Service that the man was identified as a 41-year-old neighbor who lives in an adjacent property, and was intoxicated at the time.

The man was taken into custody for trespassing and treated at a hospital for any problems stemming from the stun gun.