Homeowner Hears Noises in Her Home, Allegedly Finds Homeless Man Living in Attic

Arlington County Police Department

A Virginia woman who heard strange noises coming from her home discovered with the help of police that a homeless person set up camp in her attic, authorities say.

The woman said she started hearing the noises Friday night in the house she rents in the Pentagon City neighborhood of Arlington.

“I heard footsteps above me, and I checked in with my landlord, because sometimes he’s used the storage above,” the woman, who requested that she not be identified, told NBC Washington.

The landlord called Arlington County Police at 1:30 a.m. to investigate the situation.

Once officers arrived, they discovered that the noise did not come from a critter or a creaky floorboard but from a homeless man.

“As we [officers] were coming up that staircase, they announced that officers were on scene and that if you were in the attic, to come forward,” police spokeswoman Ashley Savage told the New York Times.

Police took the man, Anthony Jones, 60, into custody after he came forward without incident. Jones is being charged with unlawful entry for allegedly breaking into the woman’s home and is being held without bond, according to a police statement.

Police found a backpack, clothes, and bedding in the space where he set up but were not sure how long he had been in the attic.

Jones refused to speak to police, but authorities suspect he gained entry into the house through a sliding glass door.


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