The intruder who terrorised actress Melora Rivera in her Venice, California home last week (24Sep14) has been charged with one felony count of first-degree burglary.

Sparkle star Rivera was forced to climb onto the roof of her pad on Wednesday to escape homeless Christian Hicks, who who had broken into her house.

Police came to Rivera's rescue and arrested Hicks, who was allegedly convicted in 2008 after he was caught carrying a loaded, unregistered handgun.

If convicted of the burglary charge and sentencing enhancements, Hicks faces a maximum penalty of eight years behind bars.