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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - A man has been arrested after police say he was discovered living in the attic of a church for three years.

Police say 42-year-old William Barker was arrested Monday and charged with unlawful entry. Authorities say he was living in a makeshift bed inside the attic at the Saint Ann Roman Catholic Church in Arlington.

Police say Barker told officers that he would use a ladder to sneak up to the attic. Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck says Barker's room was discovered after someone working in maintenance repair heard noises from above in the kitchen area.

Authorities say they also found food, water, a guitar and clothing in the room.

Police say Barker was taken into custody. It isn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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