Student finds man sitting in her closet, wearing her clothes
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019
(CNN) -- "Creepy" doesn't even begin to describe a story out of North Carolina. Two female college students say intruders kept breaking into their apartment - but they had no idea how.
"Since I've been having like pieces of clothes missing. Like shirts pants etc.," said break-in victim Maddie.
Items kept disappearing from the apartment, and prints were left behind.
"I have a hand print on my bathroom wall like and on my mirror."
It wasn't until Saturday that Maddie, a junior in college, uncovered a mystery she and her roommates thought was a ghost.
"I just hear rattling in my closet. It sounds like a raccoon in my closet. Put my hand on the knob and I'm like 'who's in here.' And somebody answers me. And he's like 'oh, my name is Drew.' I open the door and he's in there wearing all of my clothes. My socks. My shoes and has a book bag full of my clothes."
Police say that was 30-year-old Andrew Swofford, now sitting in the Guilford County Jail.
"He had these pants on, like, actually on his body," Maddie shows off her closet.
Maddie called her boyfriend and as she calmly waited for help as she talked with Swofford to keep him distracted.
"He tries on my hat, goes in my bathroom and looks in the mirror and then he asked like 'you're really pretty, can I hug you?' But he never touched me."
The big question the girls are trying to get answered how he got inside. They say their doors are always locked and they did not see any damage to them, but what really scares the girls is that men have entered their apartment before.
"It was two guys in the living room." That was December 19th.
A leasing office employee confirmed they changed the locks at that time but did not file a police report.
Maddie and her roommate say they can’t take it anymore.
"Last night I did not feel safe. I slept with my roommate in her bed. I can't stay here. My closet, it stinks, I don't like, every time I go in there it's like 'ugh.' It's a bad vibe. That's why I'm ready to just, just leave."
Swofford faces 14 felony charges, including larceny and identity theft. His bond was set at $26,000 dollars.