CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A woman accused of unlawfully taking residence in an $800,000 home in the Piper Glen neighborhood of Charlotte was taken into custody and charged Tuesday.
Ninti El-Bey, 42, was taken into custody and charged with first degree trespassing and breaking and entering, according to police. WBTV's Sky 3 was over the scene as officers took her into custody.
Wednesday, a "No Trespassing" sign was seen hanging in the window and plywood was being installed in the back of the home to prevent El-Bey from entering.
El-Bey was previously arrested for second degree trespassing. Court records show she occupied the home on Kelly Woods Lane without authorization after having been notified not to enter the house. Court documents show Chase Bank owns the home.
According to the official report, issued on November 13, El-Bey "unlawfully returned to the listed location which is owned by the victim business." The report lists Band of New York Mellon Trust Company.
On the same day police wrote up the report on the new charges, WBTV spoke on-camera with El-Bey after neighbors said they were concerned and upset about her taking residence in the home.
El-Bey told WBTV that she has documentation to prove she belongs in the home.
"Anything I do," El-Bey said, "Has already been founded on law."
She said that she is part of the International Indigenous Trust and that trust has an agreement with the bank that owns the house. She claims that agreement is proof she is in the house legally.
Court documents also show El-Bey is counter-suing Charlotte Mecklenburg Police for alleging crimes against indigenous people. That complaint reads the family is part of the Yamasee Moorish Nation. The complaint states that on October 20, several police officers came and tried to evict El-Bey without eviction papers. The complaint also claims police showed bias and called the victim offensive names.
The lawyer representing the Piper Glen Homeowners Association told WBTV that he would call the bank to have the water and power turned off, and would try to get a higher bond if El-Bey was arrested again.
There is no word on the power or water at the home, or on El-Bey's bond.
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