Homeless man sleeping in Utah woman's basement arrested
Daily Herald / Washington County
Paul Robert Swindler

By Katie Karalis, KTVX

WASHINGTON, Utah (KTVX) -- Grandmother of eight Rebecca Collet says she was surprised when she walked into her kitchen Tuesday morning and saw a man she didn’t know wearing nothing but boxers and socks and eating food from her fridge.

Collet has lived at the home, which is directly behind the Washington City Police Dept., for about a year.

Collet said she has no idea at this point how he got into her home, as there was no clear point of entry. She said she also is unsure how long he had been staying at her home, adding that she walked downstairs into her basement Monday afternoon and did not see any sleeping bags or pillows set up. She believes he may have just stayed Monday night, but also stated he could’ve been hiding in one of her closets in the basement.

Collet said she watched him sit against the wall of her home with his head in his hands as she called the police. Washington Police officers arrested the suspect, Paul Swindler, 33, at approximately 9:44 a.m, according to police records. Police said they learned Swindler had an active warrant for his arrest and he is now facing felony burglary and forgery charges.

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