A woman heard a noise in her apartment and found a man wearing a towel hiding in her bedroom closet.
The victim told police she made the scary discovery Tuesday night in her home near University of Maryland, College Park.
The woman told Prince George's County police that she heard a noise in the apartment in the 4600 block of Knox Road and went to investigate. She found the man and screamed. He ran off, and she called for help at about 10:50 p.m. She was not hurt, police said.
Officers canvassed the area looking for a suspect and arrested Eric Tata, who lives in the same block.
The 24-year-old returned to his own apartment after the break-in, police said. No information was available on whether the victim knew Tata or if he was a total stranger. A police spokesman said the case remains under investigation.
Tata was charged with fourth-degree burglary, trespassing and trespassing related to a peeping Tom offense. He was released on $2,500 bond.
Police said they would like to speak to anyone who may have had a similar experience with Tata. Online court records did not list an attorney who could comment on his behalf.