A student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro had begun to think that she might have a ghost in her off-campus apartment, after noticing her clothes going missing and mysterious handprints on her bathroom wall.
A student by the name of Maddie, a junior who lives at Summit at the Edge Apartments, told Fox 8 that she’d noticed signs of a disturbance.
“I’ve been having like pieces of clothes missing. Like shirts and pants,” she said, also noting the handprints. Maddie said she and her roommates had begun to suspect a ghost.
Until Saturday, when Maddie said she heard a rattling sound inside her closet.
“It sounded like a raccoon in my closet,” Maddie said. “I’m like who’s there?
And somebody answers me. 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 he has a book bag full of my clothes.”
The intruder suspect has been identified as Andrew Swofford, 30, who has since been arrested and taken into custody.
But for a little while, Maddie had to try and remain calm as she waited for help to arrive, reportedly talking to Swofford to keep him distracted.
“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?’ But he never touched me,” Maddie said.
The student told Fox 8 that this is not the first time someone has managed to get inside the apartment: On December 19, the roommates came home to find two strange men in the living room. They alerted the apartment leasing office, which issued new locks, but did not file a police report.
“Last night I did not feel safe. I slept with my roommate in her bed,” Maddie told the news station. “I can’t stay here. My closet, it stinks. Every time I go in [my room] there’s a bad vibe. I’m just ready to leave.”
[Feature image: Andrew Swofford/Guilford County Jail]