'Oh, my name's Drew': US woman discovers man in her closet, wearing her clothes

Police confirmed the man in her closet was 30-year-old Andrew Clyde Swofford.
Police confirmed the man in her closet was 30-year-old Andrew Clyde Swofford. Photo credit: Guilford Country Jail

A US woman has been left in shock after coming home to find a man in her closet wearing her clothes.

North Carolina student Maddie, who asked only to be identified by her first name, told local TV station WNCN she made the discovery on Saturday (local time).

She said she heard noises coming from the direction of her closet, and initially thought it could be a racoon, but soon discovered it wasn't.

"I put my hand on the knob, and I'm like, 'Who's in there?' And somebody answers me. He's like, 'Oh, my name's Drew'."

After the initial shock, Maddie said she talked to the man to keep him distracted, and she wanted to make sure he wouldn't harm her.

"'Before I open the door, are you going to do anything to me? Are you going to do anything?' And he's like, 'No, no, no'," she told WNCN.

"I open the door and he's in there wearing all of my clothes, my socks, my shoes - he has a book-bag full of my clothes."

Maddie said she was able to keep the man distracted for about 10 minutes while she sent a text to her boyfriend for help.

"He tried on my hat, went into my bathroom and looked in the mirror, and he was like, 'You're really pretty, can I hug you?'" she said, but confirmed: "He never touched me".

Police said the man in her closet was 30-year-old Andrew Clyde Swofford, who was arrested at a nearby petrol station and charged with misdemeanour breaking and entering.

Maddie said she believes Swofford had been in her room before, as sometimes she would notice things out of place and have "pieces of clothing go missing, like shirts, pants".

The incident has spooked Maddie and her roommates, who have dealt with unknown men entering their apartment before, in December.

After informing the leasing office, the apartment's locks were changed, WNCN reports, but somehow Swofford was still able to get in.

"Last night I did not feel safe. I slept with my roommate in her bed," Maddie said."I can't stay here. My closet, it stinks."


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