A North Carolina college student who had long feared her apartment was haunted found herself facing a different kind of horror when she discovered a man hiding in her closet and wearing her clothes, according to a report.
The woman, referred to only by her first name, Maddie, was in her bedroom when she heard a rattling sound in her closet Saturday, she told WGHP-TV.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro student at first thought there might be an animal inside the space, but she decided to leave nothing to chance.
“I’ve been having, like, pieces of clothes missing,” she said, noting she had also spotted handprints on the bathroom wall. “I’m like, ‘Who’s there?’”
Much to Maddie’s surprise, she got an answer.
“He’s like ‘Oh, my name is Drew,’” Maddie told WGHP-TV. “I open the door and he’s in there, wearing all of my clothes. My sock. My shoes. And he has a book bag full of my clothes.”
Maddie said she called her boyfriend for help, and while she waited, she tried to keep the man in the closet distracted. He continued trying on Maddie’s clothing and asked for a hug, but didn’t touch her, she said.
Andrew Swofford, 30, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering. He faces numerous other charges not connected to Saturday’s incident, including failure to appear, felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, resist, delaying or obstructing a police officer, identity theft and possession of stolen goods, online police records show.
He is being held in the Guilford County Jail on $26,000 bail and his next court appearance in connection to his arrest Saturday is scheduled for Feb. 28.
It was not immediately clear how Swofford allegedly got into the apartment. Maddie and her roommate said they always lock their doors and there appeared to be no damage to them. The management company for the property told WGHP-TV it is trying to figure out how this happened.
“I can’t stay here,” Maddie said. “My closet, it stinks. Every time I go in [my room] there’s a bad vibe. I’m just ready to leave.”