Greensboro, North Carolina – A 30-year-old man was arrested after a frightened 20-year-old female student said she discovered him living in her closet and wearing her clothes.
Maddie, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, would often return to her room to find hand-prints on walls and mirrors, and kept missing items of clothing, such as pants and shoes. She joked with her roommate that their off-campus apartment at Summit at The Edge must be haunted by a ghost.
On Saturday, February 2, 2019, the young woman returned home for a lunch break, and heard a rattling noise coming from the closet. “It sounded like a raccoon,” Maddie later said.
She called, “Who’s there?”
The man in the closet casually replied, “Oh my name is Drew.”
Maddie asked the stranger in the closet if he would hurt her if she opened the closet door, and he assured her he would not.
Maddie proceeded to open the closet to find a man sitting inside, fully dressed in her clothes, including her socks and shoes.
He also had “a book bag full of my clothes,” Maddie later said.
Maddie called her boyfriend, and kept the odd man distracted with conversation while she waited for help to arrive.
“He tries on my hat. He goes in the bathroom and looks in the mirror and then is like, ‘You’re really pretty, can I give you a hug?'” Maddie later recalled.
Once Maddie’s boyfriend arrived, he asked the intruder to leave the apartment.
Maddie called 911 to report the incident.
Andrew Clyde Swofford, the man accused of living in the closet, was arraigned on 14 felony charges, including breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods, identity theft, resist, and delay or obstruct a police officer.
If convicted, he faces up to 17 years in prison.
Mr. Swofford is currently being held in Guilford County Jail on $26,000 bond.
Greensboro police are not certain how the man entered the apartment, as an investigation found no signs of forced entry. The two roommates said they are very careful about locking doors. Burkely Communities, the property management company, said they had changed the locks in December after Maddie and her roommate returned home to find two strange men sitting in their living room.
The frightened student made plans to move out of the apartment. “Last night I did not feel safe. I slept with my roommate in her bed,” Maddie said. “I can’t stay here. … I’m just ready to leave.”
A University of North Carolina-Greensboro spokesperson said university staff spoke with Maddie, and “offered any and all support resources we have.”
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UNCG student thought there was a ghost in her apartment, but it was a man in her closet wearing her clothes
GREENSBORO, N.C. – A University of North Carolina at Greensboro student found a man in her clothes going through her closet in an apartment just steps away from the college. It happened at the Summit at the Edge Apartments at 1212 Oakland Ave. over the weekend.
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GREENSBORO — A UNCG student came home to her off-campus apartment Saturday and found a man in her closet, police said.
“She apparently came home around her lunch break, heard a noise in her closet and found him in there,” said spokesman Ron Glenn with Greensboro Police Department.