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Neighbors relieved after police nab squatters

Posted at 6:14 PM, Jan 22, 2016
A North valley neighborhood is finally free of the squatters they say have been ruining the area over the last year.
People who live there said the situation with squatters on Meadowrock Avenue started a year ago.
By November, neighbors were tired of the chaos and called Action News.
They described the crazy situation.
"Pretty much where we're standing people are sitting here smoking crack, from my house you can clearly see them smoking crack pipes," Jonathan Serfass told Action News in November.
Serfass said the squatter even shot his car after he called police.
Police told us they were struggling to get a response from the bank who owns the house, which they need in order to do something about it. Last night, however, things finally took a positive turn.
"It was probably around 9, 9:30 at night and I was going to bed and there was a big loud boom," said Christina Allen, who lives near the home where the squatters had been staying.
"Then over the loud speaker they were telling everyone to stay in their residence, and those people, that address, to come out with their hands up."
Police said their Community Oriented Policing unit in that part of town put together a warrant for the squatters.
Officers and the SWAT team served the warrant last night and arrested two people.
"It's going to make us feel a lot better in the neighborhood," Allen said.
Police eventually got someone at the bank who owns the home to do something. The bank hired a lawyer to represent them as the victim, so Metro could take action.
The two people staying at that home were arrested for unlawful occupancy of real property, a gross misdemeanor that could get them a $2,000 fine, a year in jail, or both.