2 arrested for squatting in vacant home worth $2 million
DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) — Police arrested two people who they say moved into a vacant $2 million home that once belonged to a North Carolina mayor and claimed to own it.
News outlets report Davidson Police Chief Penny Dunn said in a statement that 29-year-old Turmaine Tyron Thorne and 34-year-old Taqiyah Barber found a key to get into the house, unloaded personal items and furniture from a 26-foot truck, and moved in last Friday. They were arrested without incident.
Police said the two claim allegiance to the Moorish Nation, whose followers claim immunity from many federal and state laws.
Property records show the home is owned by the family of Russell Knox, a 14-year Davidson mayor who died in 2002.
Thorne and Barber are free on $2,000 bond after charges were filed against them.