Orange Boy· Registered
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This happened at one of my relatives condo here in Florida around 1993. I don't think the manager got in any legal hot water over it, but I have always wondered about the specific actions he took and if they were legal or if he was just lucky not to get in any trouble. The condo at the time was not gated, so they would occasionally get cars stolen and there seemed to be a run on break ins at the time. Many residents were snowbirds that lived alone and would leave the condos empty from April to September. This one condo unit (as well as the lady that owned it) was well known to the manager. At that time the condo should have been unoccupied. The manager noticed that over a period of a couple of days that the lights were going on and off at night, so it was obviously occupied. He kept an eye on the place and on the third day he saw a young scruffy looking fellow exit the front door into the common outdoor hallway area. He immediately approached the man and questioned him to ascertain if he had any legal right to be there. When the fellow couldn't even give him the name or description of the lady that owned the unit...he realized he probably had a squatter. He said that he would be calling the police and to explain it to them. The fellow became annoyed and said that he wasn't waiting around for any of that. At that point the manager pulled a legally carried firearm and the squatter said "don't shoot me". The manager said "sit down against the door and wait for the police" The police came and arrested the squatter and that's the last they ever saw of him. The owner of the unit was contacted and confirmed that the person was there illegally. I never heard of the manager getting into any trouble over this. Believe me, if the manager got arrested everyone and their brother would have known about it in this small community. Was the manager justified in detaining the alleged squatter in a common area at gunpoint?