The young woman said she used to joke about the ghost that haunted her apartment.
Maddie, a student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, who identified herself only by her first name, explained to WFMY-TV that her clothing had mysteriously disappeared in the past. Moreover, the junior told other local news outlets this week, she had previously noticed handprints on the bathroom walls. They weren’t hers.
On Saturday, Greensboro police say, Maddie finally confronted her “ghost” after hearing something rattling in her closet.
“Who’s in there?” she recalled asking in the interview with WFMY. As she pressed against the closet door, she realized a spirit wasn’t responsible for the sounds.
“Oh, my name’s Drew,” a man’s voice replied.
Maddie told the station she tried making an emergency call from her Apple Watch, to not avail. When she felt the man pushing the door open, Maddie relented when the stranger promised he wouldn’t harm her. What she saw next, however, was arguably more surprising.
“I open the door and he’s in there, wearing all of my clothes. My socks. My shoes. And he has a book bag full of my clothes,” she reported to Fox 8.
The intruder begged Maddie not to call police. She contacted her boyfriend and chatted with the man to keep him busy as he exhibited more strange behavior.
“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?’ " she recalled to Fox 8. “But he never touched me.”
Maddie told WFMY she felt somewhat bad for the man, who left once her boyfriend arrived.
Ronald Glenn Jr., spokesman for the Greensboro Police Department, said police arrested 30-year-old Andrew Clyde Swofford shortly afterward at a nearby gas station. Swofford was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering, Glenn said. Inmate records also show previous charges, including larceny and failure to appear in court on felony counts. He is being held in Guilford County Jail on $26,000 bond.
“I’ve heard of other incidences of people walking into the wrong apartments … but as far as somebody being in somebody’s closet, I haven’t heard that before — that’s pretty unique,” Glenn said. He added there was no sign of forced entry into Maddie’s residence.
Maddie told Fox 8 she no longer felt safe inside her apartment, where she’s encountered intruders in the past. She said she notified her leasing office after discovering two men in the living room on Dec. 19.
An employee with Burkely Communities, the property management company, told Fox 8 the the locks had been changed at the time but that a police report wasn’t filed, which was “standard protocol.”
“I can’t stay here. My closet, it stinks,” Maddie said to Fox 8. “Every time I go in [my room] there’s a bad vibe. I’m just ready to leave.”
Maddie told WFMY she had already signed a lease for a new apartment.