Night noises turned out to be a stranger living in her attic

A Virginia woman heard weird noises in her home in the middle of the night, and soon learned a stranger was living in her attic.

Police made the discovery in the woman's Arlington home early Friday, NBC Washington reports.

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The woman, who asked to remain unnamed, said she heard someone walking in the attic above her.

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

She checked with landlord, who she said sometimes uses the space for storage. He alerted Arlington County Police.

Police searched the attic and found 60-year-old Anthony Jones, in addition to bedding, clothing and a backpack.

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"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 told the station.

Jones, who is believed to be homeless, was charged with unlawful entry and is being held without bail.

Police said it is unclear how long he was in the residence.