Army officer away on active duty speaks out after squatter moved into Georgia home: ‘Quite alarming’
Lt. Col. Dahlia Daure turned to the media to get help
By Ashley Carnahan
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Dahlia Daure shares what happened after she returned from active duty and found a squatter living in her Georgia home on ‘Fox News Tonight.’
An Army officer is speaking out after a squatter moved into her Georgia home while she was away on active duty.
Lt. Col. Dahlia Daure told Atlanta-based ABC affiliate WSB-TV last week that she is part of the U.S. Army Reserves and is stationed in Chicago but was in the process of selling her home when a squatter moved in.
Daure told the outlet that the squatter, Vincent Simon, said he had a lease and paid $19,000 upfront for six months.
A picture of Lt. Col. Dahlia Daure’s Georgia home. (Screengrab/ Fox News Tonight)
“That was quite alarming to find out that someone else had moved into my home,” she said Thursday on “Fox News Tonight.”
WSB-TV reported Simon was served with eviction papers and that Daure would have to wait for the process to play out in order to get him removed from the home.
However, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said its Uniform Unit and the DeKalb Marshals served an intruder affidavit Thursday requiring Simon to “immediately vacate an Ellenwood home in DeKalb County owned by a military officer.”
“Mr. Simon had been accused of illegally occupying the residence, which had been for sale by the owner while she was deployed with the U.S. Army Reserves in Chicago, Illinois. The civil service process was accomplished without incident and Mr. Simon vacated the residence, but a weapon was found inside the home and drugs were found on the suspect before he left the premises,” read anread an update from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page. “Mr. Simon was arrested and charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was taken into custody and transported to the DeKalb County Jail.”
Squatter Vincent Simon is being led away by Georgia law enforcement officers.