David Rhodes & Ashley Hunter Break into Home, squat there, and Homeowner has to go to court to get them out

Once again, someone broke into a home and began squatting in it, and the property owner stood by helpless as the law told him he could not interevene.
This kind of thing seems insane — people BREAK INTO your home, haul a bunch of their belongings into it and start living there, and the police say they can’t do anything about it. They will tell you “it’s a civil matter” and that “you have to go to court” to get them out…which can take weeks or months.

This has been happening all over the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom, where badly thought out laws protect the squatter, rather than the homeowner.

That happened again recently in Colorado Springs, when David Rhodes and his girlfriend Ashley Hunter broke into a home and just started living in it. They actually changed the locks on the house as well, so that the homeowner could not get in.

Here’s the story about it:

https://ru-clip.com/video/2UShw7jW0jg/deputies-evict-squatters-who-took-over-couples-home.html

Advertisements

Jamison Bachman, Serial Squatter, moves in as Roommate, Tries to Force People out of Their Own Homes

This is a truly scary story about a really really bad tenant, originally published here in New York Magazine, and a shorter summary of the story published again here on Business Insider.

From the Business Insider article:

The accounts from Bachman’s previous victims are harrowing. According to New York, Bachman would steal belongings from his victims, fill their toilets with cat litter, and knock down doors, all the while keeping himself in the clear legally. It wasn’t about the free rent, New York Mag reported — it seemed Bachman took pleasure in watching his victims suffer through his misbehavior and lose the will to fight for their homes.

“Nothing they did could satisfy or appease him, because the objective was not material gain but, seemingly, the sadistic pleasure of watching them squirm as he displaced them,” the report says.

The story doesn’t end there. It’s worth reading the New York Mag piece in its entirety, but suffice to say it takes a tragic, grisly turn as the author discovers more and more details about Bachman’s past.

Worst Roommate Ever (2)

The young Philadelphia woman named Alex Miller needed a roommate, and Jed Creek (a fictitious name, it turned out) seemed to fit the bill. It was odd that he wanted to move in right away, and odd that his checks did not have a name or address on them, but she overlooked these things and let him move in right away. Luckily his check cleared the next day (it might not have — it’s a really bad idea to let someone move in before cashing their check, not depositing it)

Jamison Bachman check

Then things got worse. “Jed” refused to pay for utilities. Then “strange things began to happen”, such as his removal of light bulbs from a light fixture, and his removal of ALL the dining room chairs from the dining room. Then,

…he began sprinkling his speech with legalese. When they argued, he accused her of breaking “the covenant of quiet enjoyment,” a technical phrase Miller recognized from her days working for a real-estate agent. When he found a cigarette butt in the toilet bowl one afternoon, he told her flatly that he would not be paying the next month’s rent. As a paralegal, “you should know about the warranty of habitability,” he texted her.

At this point, Alex told her mother about her serious concerns about her new roommate, and her mother began doing a Google search and found out that “Jed Creek is not who he says he is.”

He was Jamison Bachman, and on the other side of town, a few years before, he had moved in with another woman into her home, and began to try to force her out of it.

Creek’s legal name was Jamison Bachman. In 2012, Bachman had shown up at the home of a woman across town named Melissa Frost, claiming to be a New Yorker whose home had been destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. Overcome with pity, Frost let him in — and nearly lost her house. In an expensive and frightening ordeal that dragged on for months, Bachman slowly laid claim to the space, using his intricate knowledge of tenancy laws to stay one step ahead of her. He scuffed up the floors, kicked down the doors, and clogged the toilets with cat litter. “He went from being this cordial, polite person who understood he was a guest in my house,” Frost said in one of the articles, “to someone who was approaching me aggressively and flat-out saying, ‘This is my house now.’ ”

But Bachman wasn’t a poor person looking for a free ride. Rather he was more of a sadist, whose real interest was in torturing people he had moved in with:

Bachman, these stories made clear, was a serial squatter operating on a virtuosic scale, driving roommate after roommate into court and often from their home. But Bachman wasn’t a typical squatter in that he did not appear especially interested in strong-arming his way to free rent (although he often granted himself that privilege); instead, he seemed to relish the anguish of those who had taken him in without realizing that they would soon be pulled into a terrifying battle for their home. Nothing they did could satisfy or appease him, because the objective was not material gain but, seemingly, the sadistic pleasure of watching them squirm as he displaced them.

With several of those he victimized, the first signs of trouble were so minor they were easy to overlook.

Often, the first signs of trouble were easy to downplay: In many cases, roommates came home to find a chandelier removed, a bookshelf filled with unfamiliar books, a couch or potted plant shifted slightly this way or that. These incursions, almost imperceptible, seemed calculated to unsettle.

Eventually things would escalate to the point where it was clear there was a war going on.

Time and again, Bachman’s roommates were informed that some minor discomfort they’d inflicted upon him (a dirty living room, a dish left in the sink) had voided their lease — and meant that Bachman wouldn’t be paying his rent. They considered him a guest in their home, but he made it clear that he saw it the other way around. “The effort he put into doing this was life-consuming,” Frost told me. “When things got bad between us, he stopped leaving the house, because he thought I might change the locks.” To her, Bachman appeared to function as if he were “at war.”

At some point, in each case, legal threats would be made against the women he was living with:

Bachman wrote to Frost in fury: “YOU ARE THE PROXIMATE CAUSE OF MY CAT’S DISAPPEARANCE AND PRESUMED DEATH … DO NOT COMMUNICATE WITH ME AGAIN UNLESS IT IS THROUGH YOUR ATTORNEY.”

When one woman nicely tried to mediate a peaceful exit, it became clear what his intentions were

You’ve got your whole life in front of you. You’re pretty, and you’re talented, and you’ve got this house — well, you don’t have this house anymore. This house is my house.’ It was like something out of a movie.”

In one of the scariest situations, when a woman attempted to evict Bachman, going to court to file papers for the eviction, he retaliated by claiming she had come at him with a knife, and police arrested her, so the result was that for a period of time, she was forbidden from entering her own home!!

Alex Miller was finally able to get Bachman out of her home, when after having a party with a lot of friends over, intentionally trying to annoy him as much as possible, he lunged at her with a knife and was later arrested.
Jamison Bachman

Jamison Bachman’s brother Harry bailed him out of jail, but a fight between them must have ensued, because Harry was found dead, and the evidence pointed to Jamison. Jamison Bachman was taken to jail again, where he later was found dead. He had hanged himself.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Elkins-Park-Murder-Home-Homicide-Montgomery-County-Pennsylvania-455251083.html

http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/26/worst-roommate-ever-turned-out-to-be-a-killer-7343014/

Jamison Bachman 3

I dont’ think I’ve ever in my life come across as scary a “bad roommate” story as this one!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/realestate/the-viral-story-of-a-serial-squatter-who-forced-a-dozen-people-from-their-homes-holds-a-sobering-lesson-for-anyone-in-need-of-a-roommate/ar-BBJqYgV?li=BBnbfcL&item=personalization_enabled%3Afalse

Anthony Loquiao and Gayalea Risley Squat in Antioch

Debra Stewart, the Berkeley property owner of a house in Antioch had owned it since 2005, and put it on the market. One day her realtor came by the house, and discovered that people were living in it — these were the squatters, Anthony Loquiao and Gayalea Risely. Loquiao and Risley said that they had a lease agreement and had paid a deposit to live there, and filed a temporary restraining order against the realtor!

The dastardly duo refused to show Stewart their lease agreement, and she discovered that they had two unlawful detainer or eviction lawsuits filed against them in 2010.

Loquiao Unlawful detainer (2)

Loquiao UD 1 (2)

Loquiao UD 2 (2)

The article summarizes regarding the problem of squatters:

Regardless of the circumstances, Case says the Thistlewood incident underscores the need for East Contra Costa cities to make it tougher for people to illegally move into vacant homes. Some squatters are coaxing banks into paying them thousands of dollars to leave homes ready for sale, Case said.

And indicates that the city of Pittsburg is doing very well on trying to deter this problem:

Pittsburg is the East Contra Costa city that makes it hardest for squatters, requiring renters to come in with property owners or present a notarized rental agreement to turn on water, along with a $250 deposit. Antioch, Brentwood and Oakley don’t have such rules, Case said.

“They’re ahead of the curve. (In other cities), I’ve resorted to telling my homeowners to let the yards go (by turning off water service) and making sure to have alarms on the property,” she said.

See the story here:

https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2012/04/27/realtor-fights-restraining-order-from-antioch-house-squatters/

Melissa Berkelhammer, NYC Socialite with Harvard Law Degree: Squatter

Sometimes people think that squatters are all poor people who are trying to exploit the system because they can’t afford their own apartment. But even well-educated, well-off people can be squatters, since this malicious behavior is more about a lack of conscience or ethics, and an appalling sense of entitlement, than one’s income level.

As stated in this news story

http://www.insideedition.com/investigative/10721-new-york-woman-trying-to-kick-alleged-socialite-squatter-out-of-apartment

Melissa Berkelhammer is a socialite and has a classy pedigree. She has degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. A social butterfly, she was a regular fixture at charity events around New York City. But some people say this socialite is also a squatter.

A friend of Melissa’s, Julianne Michelle, allowed her to move into her apartment for 3 weeks, as Melissa claimed that her apartment was being renovated. But after moving in, not only did Melissa refuse to leave, but she brought her elderly mother in to live there with her!! Fifteen months later, the two squatters are still there, in spite of Julianne’s efforts to get her out.

Julianne Michelle is an actress who became friends with Melissa. One day Julianne says Melissa asked if she could stay at her apartment because her’s was being renovated.

“I knew her from the charity circuit,” Julianne said. “We’d say hello. She seemed pleasant enough.”

So she let Melissa move into her swanky apartment on the “Avenue of Avenues” – Fifth Avenue, with a view of Central Park. Woody Allen used to live in the building.

“I figured two or three weeks, what’s the worst that can happen?” Julianne said.

That was in March 2014. Fifteen months later, Melissa’s still there! And get this, her elderly mother moved in, too!

Julianne and her mother, Jocelyn, told INSIDE EDITION’s Les Trent they’ve been trying to evict the Berkelhammers for months.

“It’s been an absolute nightmare,” Jocelyn said. “They refuse to leave. They have to live in an Upper East Side apartment with a doorman.”

Trent asked, “How much stuff does she have at your place?”

“A lot,” Julianne explained. “I have never seen anyone with more designer shoes, hand bags or clothes. She has about 50 bags in luggage and portable wardrobes. I lock myself in my bedroom. I feel so confined to that space. I can’t even use my living room or my kitchen. She’s sort of taken over everything with her belongings and her clothes.

As if that isn’t bad enough, Julianne says the mother/daughter duo have relentless arguments over money.

“Oh my God! You told me I was going to be so… You told me I was going to be so rich!” Melissa can be heard yelling at her mother in an audio recording. I can’t take you anymore. … I want my $20 million!”

This is one of the many sad and appalling examples of the landlord or master tenant version of “no good deed goes unpunished”

 

Torrez Moore and other “Sovereign Citizens” Squat in Foreclosed homes in Illinois

Torrez Moore is a member of the group of “Sovereign Citizens” who claim that the laws of the United States do not apply to them. How convenient, as this viewpoint allows them to steal other’s property, claim it as their own, and try to rent it out and make criminal profits from other’s homes.

Torrez Moore, David Farr, Raymond Trimble, and Arshad Thomas were charged as described by this law enforcement officer:

“they…engaged in a pattern of illegal activity in which they unlawfully claimed foreclosed or vacant properties as their own and either moved into the property themselves or rented the home to a third party and acted as a landlord. On multiple occasions the defendant unlawfully entered the properties, changed the locks and then filed fraudulent documents with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office to verify alleged ownership of the property.”

They claim to belong to the “Sovereign Nation”of Moors which is a group of so-called Sovereign Citizens:

Prosecutors also said the men are part of the Sovereign Nation, or Moors, and “claim that they do not recognize the government as having jurisdiction over them, nor do they recognize the authority of most law enforcement agencies.”

However, probably to his dismay, Torrez apparently is subject to US law, as he’s been sentenced to 11 years in prison. Thank you US justice system.

Following a three-day trial at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building, 2600 S. California Ave., Moore was convicted on Oct. 21, 2016, of Class X theft, Class X financial institution fraud and continuing a financial crimes enterprise

According to court records, several counts were merged, and IDOC records show that Moore was convicted of theft of property worth over $1 million.

Some new laws in Illinois make it a little bit easier for owners to protect their properties from others filing fake ownership documents on them:

In August 2015, a new law made it possible for property owners, or anyone who is a party to court proceedings, such as a bank, to file a petition with a judge asking for a seal on a property that would shield it from any filings.

Last August, a law was passed that requires local government zoning boards to be alerted by the court if any group or individual attempts to claim ownership of property under the Abandoned Housing Rehabilitation Act.

Jude Pischke squats in Tennessee Home for 2 years

Jude Pischke was able to sqaut for 2 years in a home in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, before the law caught up with him.

Pischke pleaded guilty to one count of reckless aggravated assault in the case involving the Channel 5 news crew and received two years of probation, according to court documents.

The court also required Pischke vacate the home by Sunday and stay away from the property thereafter.

The Mt Juliet home where Pischke squatted:

Mt Juliet home

Jude Pischke:

Jude Pischke

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/06/05/man-accused-squatting-mt-juliet-home-2-years-has-left/371314001/

Gregory Russell, Serial “Cash for Keys” Squatter

Sophisticated squatters know how to work the system. They know which houses to squat in, where, and they know how long they can expect to stay. They know how to extort property owners, asking for “cash for keys”, or demanding money in exchange for leaving the owner’s home. Gregory Russell is one of these professional squatters and scammers.

As described in this article,

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Cash-For-Keys-115787804.html

He moves (or rather, breaks into) homes which are being foreclosed, and then demands money from the bank in order to move out.

“Mr. Russell is a professional con-man,” says Mark Sussman, VP of Gateway Bank.

Sussman says Russell requested $25,000 from the bank to move out.

“This was extortion,” says Sussman.

He says Gateway Bank will pay squatters to move out of foreclosures, but no more than $5,000.

Gregory Russell is the heavyset black man on the left in the photo.

Gregory Russell (2)

It seems more than ridiculous to many that property owners should be forced to pay criminals just to remove the trespassers. It seems criminal. ANd this goes for ALL squatters, not just those who break into homes — those who receive an eviction notice and refuse to leave, are also squatters.

So why would a bank offer to pay a squatter to get out of a house that the bank owns?

“It is less expensive for the financial institutions to pay someone to move out of the house than to take them to court,” says Rodriguez.

Banks tell NBCLA it can cost $100,000 and take more than a year to evict a squatter through the court process. But neighbors, who live near the Ladera Heights home where we’ve recently seen Russell, think law enforcement should be tougher on squatters.

“Arrest them and they should prosecute them,” says one neighbor who asked not to be identified.

Karissa Norton and Darnell Harris, Squatters, Won’t Pay Rent Because they don’t like their Landlord

Deadbeats Karissa Norton, squatting with Darnell Harris in an apartment in New Jersey, told reporter Howard Thompson that they weren’t paying rent because they didn’t like their landlord. So they stopped paying 3 months after moving in, and are now 5 months behind in rent. It wasn’t that they didn’t have the money, they just didn’t want to pay, because they dont’ like their landlord, saying that all she cares about is money. Well yeah, if you haven’t paid rent in 5 months, for sure, all you are going to hear about from your landlord is that you owe her MONEY.

Asked by the reporter why she wouldn’t work things out with her landlord, Karissa said,

“I don’t want to work nothing out with her. I don’t like her.”

 

So now I guess rent is optional — if you don’t really like your landlord then you don’t have to pay.

Darnell Harris had a job that paid $90,000 a year, but he refused to pay rent, and when the owner tried to evict he and Karissa, the two of them just began to engage in games and delay tactics to stall the owner from removing them.

The owner, Marge El, does not have enough money to hire an attorney.

See more here:

http://pix11.com/2018/01/18/howard-meets-squatter-with-money/

Meet “Squattus Subdividus”, Francisco Martinez, who squats and then subdivides homes

Apparently there are all variety of squatters and methods of squatting, cheating, stealing and illegally profiting from other’s property. One new one is called the “Squattus Subdividus”, described in this article:

http://pix11.com/2017/08/24/howard-finally-finds-subdividing-squatter/

This refers to Francisco Martinez, a squatter “of the worst kind”, who began remodeling the house in the Bronx, New York, which he was illegally squatting in, in order to rent out more rooms and profit from his illegal presence in the home.

The owners have been trying to get him out since March 2017, and by September 2017 there was no progress and all they were doing was setting court dates. Meanwhile, Squattus Subdividus was pretending he could not speak English and refusing to cooperate, asking for more time, through his “legal aid team”. Why would any decent legal aid anyone support this malicious scamming squatter is beyond me.

An update as of October 2017: as reported in this update on the story

http://pix11.com/2017/10/26/subdividing-squatter-still-playing-games/

Francisco was supposed to move out on September 30th. He did not, and ended up actually suing the homeowners who were trying to evict him, with a lawsuit containing all kinds of nonsense. This goes to show even more forcefully, how broken is the system that victimizes property owners and protects the rights of malicious squatters.

Another update: as of November 2 2017, this disgusting piece of work was finally kicked out of the home he’d been squatting in for nearly 9 months.

http://pix11.com/2017/11/02/howard-finally-sees-subdividing-squatter-get-the-boot/

Homeless Squatters Carlos Ojeda Chaparro and Sabrina Holm Set Fire to House

Two formerly homeless squatters set fire to a house in Salt Lake City in August 2017, as reported here:

http://fox13now.com/2017/08/22/pair-accused-of-squatting-in-slc-home-setting-it-ablaze-identified/

Police arrested the duo, but as the article notes,

Meanwhile, this marks the 35th time Carlos Chaparro has been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.

He and Holm remain behind bars on multiple charges, the most serious being aggravated arson.

How is it that someone can be arrested and booked into jail 35 times….and still out on the streets to commit more crimes?

Tales from the Landlord Side