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October 31, 2013

Woman caught squatting in condemned city property

CHICKASHA —

A woman was  arrested for squatting in a condemned building and obstructing a police officer's investigation Tuesday morning.

Chicasha Police Officer Joel Hendrix was dispatched to 215 W. Ohio Ave. in reference to a subject at the residence who was not supposed to be there. 

Code Enforcement agents were already on the scene when Hendrix arrived. He said the property, which is owned by the city, had been deemed a nuisance. 

"The house has been condemned," said Hendrix. "Code enforcement found the pìywood that covered the front door was down and lying on the porch to the grass."

Upon his arrival, Hendrix said he noticed a female walk out to the front porch. He began questioning her on why she was at the house. Hendrix said the woman became belligerent, refusing to comply with Hendrix's orders or answer his questions while also walking backwards. 

"By this time she had walked backwards into the street and I felt her

obstruction of my investigation had gone far enough," said Hendrix. "I told her she was going to be placed in investigative detention. She refused to comply with my 

orders. I was able to grab her wrist and place her into custody."

Hendrix learned shortly after the woman's name was Elizabeth Barnes and she was arrested earlier in the month for obstruction. 

Hendrix said he searched the property and found a large trash bad that contained Barnes' belongings. 

"It appeared as she had been staying at this location for some time due to the items she had in the living room," said Hendrix. "Inside the house are a recliner and a couch. The bag of her personal items was located in the closet of the front bedroom."

Barnes was booked int the Grady County Jail on charges of unlawful entry to a residence, obstruction of an officer and unlawful intrusion upon land. 

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