9:28 AM PT -- Two of our sources contacted us after posting the story to say when they said security was "sleeping" they meant figuratively. We're told his security team was on the front of the property, and the intruder snuck through the back.
Eminemcame face-to-face with a home intruder who slipped past his own security -- which was sound asleep -- and the guy made it into his living room.
Police sources, as well as sources connected to Em, tell TMZ ... the break-in went down earlier this month at around 4 AM at Em's Detroit-area home in a gated community.
According to law enforcement ... the suspect, 26-year-old Matthew David Hughes, used a paving stone to smash a kitchen window and climbed inside the house.
We're told an alarm went off and it woke Eminem. Em got up and found the intruder in his living room. The intruder was detained and the guards came a-runnin' and grabbed the guy.
Police were called and rushed to the home ... Hughes was taken into custody and booked on charges of first-degree home invasion and malicious destruction of a building -- both felonies.
It didn't appear the intruder was trying to steal anything ... seems he wanted a face-to-face with Em.
Hughes is still being held on a $50k bond at the Macomb County Jail.