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Watch What Happens When a TV News Journalist Gives a Squatter a Taste of Her Own Medicine

"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."

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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.

Image source: WJBK-TV Squatter Lynn Williams on the right. (Image source: WJBK-TV)

Police were called, at which point Williams said Hamilton had tried running her over with a vehicle.

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The homeowner was arrested, and with that, the squatter went right back to squatting.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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:

(H/T: WJBK-TV)

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