DAVIDSON, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Two people are facing multiple charges after police say they were caught squatting inside a multi-million dollar home that once belonged to Russell and Patricia Knox, who were the parents of Mayor Rusty Knox.
On Friday, Jan. 4 at 11:53 p.m. officers were called to the home located at 1150 Concord Road in reference to a breaking and entering.
Police said the home, owned by the Knox family, was vacant and pending sale.
According to Davidson Police, the suspects, Turmaine Tyron Thorne and Taqiyah Barber utilized a “hide-a-key” from a nearby planter to gain entry into the home sometime after 3:30 p.m. and before 11:53 p.m. Friday.
Officers said then, in a few hours, the two suspects unloaded a 26 foot U-Haul truck containing personal property and furniture, and proceeded to “move into” the vacant residence. The couple also parked their Dodge Charger, in the garage.
A Knox family member discovered the couple in the home and contacted the Davidson Police Department. As officers arrived at the house, they said Barber and Thorne refused to allow officers entry into the home. After obtaining a key from the Knox family and their permission to enter, officers entered the home and arrested both suspects without incident.
Barber and Thorne claim allegiance to the Moorish Nation, which share tenets similar to that of traditional sovereign citizens. Common practices of concern include the use of various documents and filings to claim property belonging to another, police said.
In this incident, on Jan. 3, 2019 the suspects filled a Quick Claim Deed with the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds claiming they have legal cause and ownership of the property at 1150 Concord Road. The Knox family owns the property and provided information proving there has been no legal transfer of the property.
Barber and Thorne were booked at the Mecklenburg County Jail and both have since posted bond.
Police said the personal property of the suspects was returned via the U-Haul representatives that recovered their truck. The vehicle was towed from the private property.
The investigation is continuing in regard to other possible offenses committed by the suspects during this incident, according to Davidson Police.