Suspect found hiding in attic above little girl’s room arrested AGAIN after going back to same attic: Police

Hours after a Thursday morning court appearance for aggravated criminal trespassing, a 18-year-old Tennessee man, previously arrested for hiding in the attic above a girl’s bedroom, allegedly went back to her home and climbed into the attic once again.

According to the Mt. Juliet Police Department, a neighbor contacted police on Thursday after spotting a “suspicious person” walking to a home off of the 200 block of Karen Drive in Mt. Juliet. When officers arrived to the residence, they heard noises coming from upstairs. When they searched the attic, they found Matthew Casto hiding under Christmas decorations.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities first arrested Casto on June 2 after receiving a call about an unknown intruder inside the residence. A 14-year-old girl’s mother apparently came home to find the man standing at the top of the stairs inside her home.

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Posted by Mt. Juliet Police Department on Thursday, June 13, 2019


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 crawled back into the attic, according to police.

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 room after she locked her bedroom door at night, once her parents went to sleep. The suspect refused to leave the attic, resulting in authorities pulling him out by force.

On June 6, Casto was released from jail on a $2,000 bond.

On Thursday, Casto once again refused to leave the attic, per police. Authorities said they used a Taser to subdue the man and pull him out of the attic space.

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 arrested and charged again with aggravated criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

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[Feature Photo: Matthew Casto/Mt. Juliet Police]