An 18-year-old Tennessee man has been arrested on a trespass charge after police say he was found living in an attic connected to a 14-year-old girl’s bedroom without her mother’s knowledge.
Matthew Casto was arrested on June 2 after police were called to a home at Karen Drive and Benders Ferry Road in Mt Juliet for a report of an intruder.
A woman told investigators she came home that day to find the bearded, long-haired young man at the top of the stairs.
When Casto saw the woman, he ‘bolted’ to her 14-year-old daughter’s bedroom, despite the mother’s screams demanding that he leave, according to a Scoop Nashville report.
Police officers who were summoned to the scene reportedly had to remove Casto by force from the residence because he refused to go willingly.
An investigation has revealed that Casto had been living in the attic space for ‘some time’ and would come down only at night via the teenage girl’s closet after she had locked her bedroom door.
According to police, they had warned Casto to stay away from the 14-year-old girl when she ran away from home on May 29.
The girl, whom DailyMail.com is not naming because of her age, was found safe in Nashville the next day and was returned home.
Police have not commented on the nature of Casto’s relationship with the 14-year-old.
Following his arrest, the 18-year-old was booked into the county jail on a single count of aggravated criminal trespass.
Casto was released on June 6 after posting $2,000 bond. He is due back in court on Thursday.