Ex-Cons Squat In Soldier’s Home

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April 28, 2014 10:11am PST

A soldier has found himself in quite the predicament as he is currently living in Hawaii where he is stationed. Apparently after having to leave his Florida home, a pair of ex-con squatters moved in and police say they legally can’t do anything about it.

Army Spc. Michael Sharkey was deported to Afghanistan about two years ago but hasn’t lived in he and his wife’s residence since that time. They now live in Hawaii and had apparently asked a close friend to watch over the house while they were gone.

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During that time however, it appears that two ex-cons (a man and woman) broke into the house, changed the locks and used the home as their own. The man currently living there, Julio Ortiz, has quite the lengthy rap sheet and has been convicted of “robbery, carjacking, and selling drugs.” His girlfriend, who is currently living in the home with him, has a similar criminal past as well.

However, when Sharkey called the local police, they were quick to inform him that legally there was nothing they could do. Apparently according to the law, because the couple had established residency in the home, they would have to legally evict them from the premises.

Expressing his outrage, Sharkey explained, “They are criminals. I am serving my country, and they have more rights to my home than I do.”

Other veterans soon caught wind of the matter and the incident made its way to a Florida biker club. Adding even more oomph to the cause, many bikers in that club happen to be veterans and they were determined to do something about it.

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Although one lawyer offered to submit the eviction paperwork for free, the bikers had another idea. They explained that they were going to, “peacefully make the squatters uncomfortable.”

As it turns out, the squatter caught wind of the plan and decided to vacate the residence before the bikers made their appearance. It’s always nice when wrongdoers are ousted by Americans that band together, wouldn’t you say? Let us know your thoughts on this by leaving a comment below.

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