Police say man discovered living in church attic arrested

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Posted: Oct 15, 2015 9:47 AM

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Police say a man who had been living in the attic of a Virginia church for three years has been arrested.

Arlington County Police say 42-year-old William Barker was arrested Monday and charged with unlawful entry. They say he had been sleeping in a makeshift bed inside the attic at the Saint Ann Roman Catholic Church in Arlington. Authorities say they also found food, water, a guitar and clothing in the room.

Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck says Barker's room was discovered after someone working in maintenance repair heard noises from above in the kitchen area.

Police say Barker told officers that he would use a ladder to sneak up to the attic.

It isn't immediately clear if Barker has an attorney.