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A Tennessee man was arrested this week, after it was discovered that he’d been secretly living in the attic of a family’s home and sneaking into the bedroom of a 14-year-old girl at night while the rest of the family slept.
Matthew Castro, 18, is facing charges of aggravated criminal trespass after a woman came home to find him standing at the top of the stairs of the family’s home, according to local station WSMV.
The woman began to scream at him to leave, but he ran into her 14-year-old daughter’s room and barricaded himself in the attic, refusing to leave, WZTV reports.
Castro continued to refuse to leave the property even after police arrived, forcing investigators to enter the confined space to remove him and place him under arrest.
Castro had reportedly been having a relationship with the 14-year-old girl living in the home at the time of his arrest.
Investigators believe he had been living in the home’s attic and coming out into the teen’s bedroom through a door in her bedroom closet at night—concealing himself from other family members in the home. The teen also reportedly locked her bedroom door each night to hide the secret rendezvous.
The young girl had reportedly been deemed an unruly child in past investigations, and was the subject of a runaway investigation involving Castro, who was ordered not to have any contact with the teen, before he was found living in the family’s attic.
His initial court appearance has been scheduled for August.
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