Homeless Man Found Living in Attic After Virginia Woman Hears Noises Overhead

The woman said police acted quickly, which left her feeling "much safer"

A woman in Arlington, Virginia, heard noises in her home in the middle of the night -- and police found a man living in the attic. 

The woman, who asked not to be identified publicly, said she heard the noises Friday in the house she rents on 22nd Street S., near the Pentagon City neighborhood. 

"I heard footsteps above me, and I checked in with my landlord, because sometimes he's used the storage above," she said. 

The landlord alerted Arlington County Police about 1:30 a.m.

Officers searched the attic and found Anthony Jones, a 60-year-old homeless man, police said. 

"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 said.

Jones came forward, and officers took him into custody without incident, Savage said. He was charged with unlawful entry and is being held without bail. 

Police are charging Anthony Jones, 60, with unlawful entry.

Officers found Jones' backpack, clothing and bedding in the attic. Information was not released immediately on how long he may have been in the house. 

He's believed to have entered through an open sliding glass door. 

"It would be scary for anyone," Savage said.

The tenant said police acted quickly, which left her feeling "much safer."

If you ever hear noises and fear someone has broken into your home, don't hesitate to call police for help, Savage said

"We will come and investigate," she said. "Don't put yourself in harm's way."

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