Detroit homeowner Sarah Hamilton wanted to sell her house, but was having some trouble.
No, it wasn’t a down seller’s market — it was a squatter.
Hamilton had a difficult battle: In the process of trying to get Lynn Williams out her house, WJBK-TV reported Hamilton was threatened with a knife.
Police were called, at which point Williams said Hamilton had tried running her over with a vehicle.
The homeowner was arrested, and with that, the squatter went right back to squatting.
But things got more interesting after WJBK reporter Charlie LeDuff entered the picture. He met with the homeowner and her attorney, and was given a set of keys and the proper paperwork.
Then, after informing the police of his intentions, LeDuff donned a white bathrobe and walked right up to the front door to have a chat with Williams.
Of course, cameras were there to capture the pair’s conversation.
The first thing? Lynn Williams is actually Arthur Williams — and is on probation for a felony assault with a deadly weapon, WJBK reported.
That’s not the most comforting news LeDuff could have heard, but the squatter seemed cordial enough as they chatted on Hamilton’s front porch.
When the reporter told Williams he had the keys, the deed, and permission from the landlord to move in, the squatter appeared incredulous: “Let you in ‘your house’? This is Lynn Williams’ house.”
LeDuff asked Williams why she felt entitled to move into a house she didn’t own without permission.
“Well…I’m not the only one that is squatting. It’s a lot of other people on the block, if you want to be technical,” Williams responded. “And a lot of people encouraged me to do what I’m doing now.”
LeDuff came back again with the obvious: It isn’t her house.
“But I have put a lot of work in here and I spent a lot of money,” Williams replied. “I am on a fixed income.” Indeed, Williams claimed she was on social security — for an ailment she wouldn’t disclose.
The reporter then spotted some curious electrical wiring connected to a neighbor’s house.
“Is that power legit?” LeDuff asked.
Williams hesitated, then offered, “I am…blessed.”
As police pulled up in the middle of the pair’s conversation, Williams tried one last gasp, producing a letter indicating she’s living at the house — except it was from the U.S. Postal Service.
LeDuff then gave Williams a sobering prediction: “I don’t think you’re going to get away with this.”
Check out how the rest of the tale transpired: