Homeowner Tim Arko went to check on his rental property in Atlanta when he was faced with a stranger waving a gun in his face.
Squatters took over his property, but Arko was the one who ended up getting arrested.
Arko told WSB-TV that he pulled into the driveway, and encountered a stranger with a gun, so he jumped the fence and ran away. He didn't know what else to do.
I didn't walk in on a family eating dinner. I walked in on weapons, a prostitute, a bunch of dogs in the back, my fence broken down.
Arko called 911 but was a tad bit confused when he was the one being escorted off the property and taken into police custody.
They told the police that I was a home invader and that it was their home. And so I ended up being arrested and detained.
Six months later, the squatters are still living in Arko's home.
During this time, two people have overdosed and died inside his home, while Arko himself has been cited by code enforcement for not properly maintaining the house that he can't even legally access.
After months of fighting to evict the squatters in court, an eviction order was finally signed, but Arko is still waiting for marshals to get the squatters out.
Apparently, Arko was told by marshals that they'd be conducting the eviction in September...
I feel like it's very heavily weighted towards these trespassers and criminals, not people that got duped.
Arko's attorney, John Ernst, commented that no one likes being in the court system, especially when the system "seems broken down."
Imagine coming home to find squatters, but it's YOU (the legal owner/responsible, law-abiding citizen) that gets arrested!
The New York Post reported on a similar story back in May.
Also in Atlanta, an Army officer, Lt. Col. Dahlia Daure, returned from active duty to find Vincent Simon, a man with prior convictions for guns, drugs, and theft, living in her $500,000 home. Simon refused to leave, disrupting plans for the property's sale.
I felt violated. Had I not been serving my country, I would have been in my home.
I want to go shoot out the windows, turn off the water, cut wires, but I can't. That's a crime. Law-abiding citizens can't do that.
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