DUNCANVILLE - The house on Truman Court in Duncanville was supposed to be empty and up for sale. But Monday morning, the homeowner discovered a couple and their children had moved in and claimed legal right to the property through adverse possession.
Officers jailed two adults for burglary. Police contacted Child Protective Services to take charge of three children, including a toddler.
Records filed with the Tarrant County Clerk show that a man calling himself minister Miyki'el Sharkull-Wa El filed adverse possession on the house, even though it's in Dallas County.
He also filed on a home on Brooks Drive in Lancaster. No one answered at that home Thursday. It's not clear who lives there.
Duncanville police say the man's real name is Michael Bell. According to DeSoto police records, Bell was arrested in October for allegedly taking over an empty home as well.
By phone, he told News 8 that he is descended from African Moors, and is not bound by US laws. But Bell said he is not part of any anti-government group. He is the third person who used the title "minister" in claiming adverse possession.
Also on Monday, the Tarrant County District Attorney formally charged two people with burglary and theft for allegedly taking over a $400,000 dollar north Arlington home by claiming adverse possession. The owner told News 8 she was out of town for medical reasons, and that most of her family's personal belongings were stolen.
The district attorney charged David Cooper and Jasmine Williams with burglary and theft over $200,000.