Matthew Casto

Suspect secretly lives in attic above young girl’s closet, sneaks into her room at night while her parents sleep: Police

A Tennessee man was arrested after police say he hid in an attic above a 14-year-old girl’s bedroom, crawling out only when her parents went to sleep for the night.

Scoop Nashville reports that authorities arrested 18-year-old Matthew Casto on June 2 after receiving a call about an unknown intruder inside a residence off of Karen Lane in Nashville. The teen girl’s mother apparently came home to find Casto standing at the top of the stairs inside her home.

The suspect reportedly fled into the girl’s room and locked the door after the mother spotted him. As the woman screamed for him to leave the home, he reportedly crawled back into the attic.

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After investigations, police said that Casto had been living in the home’s attic and would climb down through an opening and into the girl’s closet after she locked her bedroom door at night, once her parents went to sleep.

After police arrived to the home, the suspect refused to leave the attic, resulting in authorities pulling him out by force.

The outlet also reports that Mt. Juliet Police had previously warned the suspect to stay away from the teen girl after she allegedly ran away from home on May 29. Authorities have not confirmed what the relationship is between the girl and the suspect.

Casto was charged with one misdemeanor count of aggravated criminal trespass. He scheduled for a court appearance on Thursday.

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[Feature Photo: Matthew Casto/Police Handout]