Meg Ryan Restrains Alleged Stalker

02/01/2002 at 01:15 PM EST

Meg Ryan, 40, has obtained a restraining order against John Michael Hughes, 30, who stands accused of breaking into a Malibu house in search of her this past Jan. 6, making himself at home and informing law authorities that he was engaged to marry her, reports Reuters. Hughes already has a record: He was imprisoned a year ago for driving up to President Bush's Texas ranch with a pistol, a rifle and two shotguns in his car, says the news service. According to court papers in the Ryan case, Hughes must now remain at least 150 yards away from the "Kate & Leopold" actress and the house, which is actually owned by Andrea and Tomas Ryan (no relation to Meg Ryan) and which Hughes mistakenly believed belonged to the actress. The legal documents state that the Ryans came home to discover Hughes, "dressed all in black with a fishing cap that had a chin strap of string . . . wandering around the house eating my food and drinking an Old Milwaukee nonalcoholic beer," said Andrea Ryan. Hughes allegedly told police he was waiting for his fiancé Ryan to return and that the reason he had to break into the house through a window was because she forgot to leave him a key under the doormat. The authorities arrested him on suspicion of burglary, and Hughes was eventually charged with a misdemeanor count of unauthorized entry of a dwelling, say court papers. In her request for a restraining order, Meg Ryan termed Hughes's alleged actions "alarming and have caused me to be concerned and fearful for my and my family's safety should Mr. Hughes ever locate or come near me."

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