Moorish extremists face charges of terrorist threats to take over their home, evicted by SWAT team
A Los Angeles man was apprehended by law enforcement on June 17 after he allegedly took possession of a vacant Newark home with three other men, claiming rightful ownership of the New Jersey property as “citizens rulers of the Moroccan empire Al “.
Suspect Huber A. John, 39, has been charged with criminal mischief, burglary, criminal trespassing as well as terrorist threats following attempts to take over the vacant house in New Jersey, the director of the department of Newark Public Safety Brian A. O’Hara announced Tuesday.
Fox News reported that on June 17, owner Shanetta Little arrived at her allegedly vacant residence on Ivy Street for renovations, having acquired the home months earlier this year in February.
She arrived at a house with changed locks, which prompted her to call a locksmith. According to Little, their attempts to approach the house were stopped by an unknown group of four men, who claimed to have legal residence on the vacant property.
The men, who presented documents to support their claims, said they had since changed the locks.
The responding officers arrived at the Ivy Street home around noon following a break-in call from Little, subsequently requesting proper property documents from the four suspects, who claimed to be sovereign citizens of the empire Moroccan. The men insisted that their status should allow them access to property.
Police were able to verify that Little bought the house in February 2021 and that the place is currently vacant, with renovations scheduled to begin mid-year. The men then left the address without incident after being told by authorities that they were not allowed to stay on the property.
However, around 2:40 p.m. John, one of the suspects, returned to the Newark residence just before the locksmith could change the locks for Little again. The suspect allegedly used his duplicate key to barge into the house, later installing a Moorish flag near the window to mark his territory, according to NBC New York.
Police confronted the man, ordering him to leave the property but did not move. The Newark Police SWAT team were then deployed to the address because John, a member of the extremist Moorish Sovereign Citizens group, insisted he was in lawful possession of the house.
However, John was essentially a squatter in a vacant house, according to the Newark Department of Public Safety. He was eventually taken into police custody following his intrusion.
Members of Moorish rulers, better known as Moors, follow an interpretation of their sovereign doctrine that African Americans are part of an elite class within American society. They consider their status to be the holder of special rights and privileges that protect them from sovereign immunity and, therefore, believing that they are beyond US federal and state authority, the Southern Poverty Law Center explained.
Little, the lawful owner of the New Jersey home, had bought the home from a bank in February and confessed that she was still shaken by this month’s ordeal, stumbling upon the discovery of her own home overrun by extremist members of an Afro-centric group. These people do not follow the law of the United States and have been linked to violent crimes.
“They’re just unpredictable and their state of mind is something I don’t know about,” Little said. New Jersey. “It does not correspond to my personal logic. So I don’t know if they’re staking out my house or waiting for them to think I’m feeling calm and things back to normal before they start something again.
She also shared her experience in a TikTok content series. In a video, she told viewers: “I have been randomly targeted by a terrorist group that does not solve or follow any of our rules and would be violent in its efforts to rob my house.”
Police were repeatedly alerted by homeowners in Washington state last year that sovereign Moorish citizens were going to knock on their doors and hand them a hoax, but apparently legitimate documents claiming the property was theirs.