A Chicago woman claimed that a squatter with long criminal records has taken over her mother’s house and has refused to leave the home since September.
Darthula Young said this week to CBS Chicago that she received a call in September from neighbors claiming that there had been an attack at the Chatham neighborhood house her mother left for her family.
Young found out that the locks were changed and that there was a bullet hole in one of the windows when she arrived at the house.
Young stated that Takito Murray, the person who was shot in the apartment, returned from the hospital and informed us all that he lived there now and that he had rights as a professional squatter.
Young claimed that Chicago police told Young she needed to go through the court systems and that she tried to do so since September with no success.
Young stated, “It’s been an absolute nightmare.”
CBS Chicago reported that Murray was arrested on drug and weapon charges at least six times in 2017 and that Murray was confronted outside his home.
Murray said to the outlet, “I’m in search of somewhere to stay.” “You can’t just go like that.”
Murray says he plans to leave sometime in April or May. Young, however, said that he regularly claims to be leaving soon but then stays put.
Young stated, “Every time I’ve been there he tells us he’s going to leave in two weeks.” He’s leaving in just two weeks. He can’t find a place.
“So, you acknowledged that it was her mother’s building – that she owned it?” reporter Charlie De Mar asked Murray.
Murray replied, “Yes, I guess, I admit – her mother and her siblings, that building was theirs.” Murray replied that he was renting the property from Young’s brother, but couldn’t provide any proof.
Young stated that the city has not turned off the water because someone is actually living there. She is responsible for $1,300 in bills.
Michael Zink, a landlord/tenant attorney, said to the outlet that Chicago evictions can take anywhere from six to eight months using the legal system.
Zink stated that “the problem police have is that when they arrive at a scene like this, they don’t know who’s telling the truth.”
Zink stated that squatting is increasing in Chicago and Fox News Digital reported earlier in the month that squatters from the Chatham neighborhood had claimed to be legally living in the house of another woman who died.