A Georgia family discovered a man had been living in their home after traveling over the holidays. He even changed the locks and claimed the house was his.
Janice Henson told WSB-TV that the key to her family’s home in Marietta wouldn’t work when she attempted to open the door.
Marietta, in Cobb County, is a city located northwest of Atlanta.
A man in a wheelchair came to the door and told her to leave. The stranger also claimed to have a gun, said Henson.
The police were called, leading to a five-hour standoff between officers, the SWAT team, and the suspect. WSB reported that the SWAT team broke down the door and sent a robot to locate the suspect.
The suspect was identified as 26-year-old Nathaniel Jacob Nuckols, who eventually surrendered to law enforcement.
Officials charged him with felony first-degree burglary and making terroristic threats. He is now being held at the Cobb County jail on $33,220 bond.
Henson told the news outlet that it’s not clear how long Nuckols had been living in her house. She noticed some of the family’s belongings were moved around and their food was gone.
“He also left us notes thanking us for the key and thanking us for letting him live here, and it was his house now,” Henson told WSB. “He moved all the pictures, emptied drawers. He was making this house his.”
Other details about the case are not clear.
Sovereign Citizen Case?
It comes a few days after another Georgia man claimed a $500,000 house as his in Gwinnett County.
Joel Fedd occupied a house before he was arrested by police, WSB reported.
Fedd even posted images on his Facebook page showing him on the property even though a family had already bought the property but had yet to move in.
“They say the [expletive] $500,000, half a million, but this [expletive] free when you a [expletive] Moor, and you know where you at and who you are, what you tied to,” Fedd said in one of the videos. “They say it was $500,000, but thank you ancestors for the free gift. It was already mine I just had to realize that.”
In another video, Fedd posted legal documents on the windows to the home from the inside, and he said they legally allow him to occupy the home.
“We doing everything the legal way. I might look like a bandit, but, no. That’s what they want you to think. I’m actually one of the good guys. Reclaiming what’s rightfully mine,” Fedd said in a video. The text next to the video says “Claim It You Have The Law On Your Side.”
Fedd was charged with criminal trespass and making false statements.
The owners have since regained control of the property and moved in, reported WSB.