Man Allegedly Wakes Up To Stranger In His Bedroom Claiming Someone's Out To Kill Her

A “distraught” Autumn Mattox then allegedly stole his car and rammed it into the house so hard it "knocked the framework off the foundaton."

By M.L. Nestel

After a man was allegedly awoken in the night by a strange woman claiming someone was threatening to kill her, things turn a turn for the even more bizarre.

At around 3 a.m. on Oct. 12, a 20-year-old unidentified man was woken up while he was sleeping in the upstairs bedroom of his home, located in the hamlet of Rose Hill, North Carolina, according to a release by the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office.

But he wasn't alone — he had woken up because a visibly "distraught" woman he didn't know was in the room with him, he claimed.

The woman, later identified as Autumn Maddox, allegedly told him that “someone was out to get her family and kill her."

The homeowner dialed 911 and asked the intruder to speak to the dispatcher, but said she refused.

“She informed him that she had already called that number and it was not the police,” the release states. 

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The man claimed he then escorted Mattox downstairs and out of his home, shutting and locking the front door — but the troubles worsened after the man allegedly "heard his truck crank.”

He walked outside to see what was happening and told investigators he saw Mattox drive his truck directly into the garage door. 

The impact was so massive it knocked “the framework off the foundation,” according to the man’s account. 

Afterward, the man rushed to his truck, opened the passenger door, and snatched the keys out of the ignition, while Mattox allegedly fled into a neighbor’s home. 

Authorities soon learned that the neighbor’s 2005 Ford Excursion was gone. 

Hours passed until deputies found the damaged Ford Excursion. It had been ditched 20 minutes east of town near the river in Chinquapin. Possessions had been swiped from the truck, the release states. 

Days after the middle-of the-night mayhem, the homeowner picked Mattox out of a lineup. 

Mattox was booked on breaking and entering and larceny charges.

She remains held in Duplin County Jail under a $30,000 secure bond.

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