New Jersey house requisitioned by “sovereign citizens” of the Moroccan empire Al “
A group of four men who called themselves “sovereign citizens of the Moroccan Empire Al” took possession of a New Jersey domicile and asserted that the property belonged to them as of right given their status, local police said recently.
Huber A. John, 39, was stopped on June 17 and charged with criminal mischief, burglary, criminal trespassing and terrorist threats after allegedly taking control of a vacant house in Newark, New Jersey with three other men, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday. Newark Public Safety.
Police said the rightful owner reported a burglary at the Ivy Street address around noon on June 17, when she told authorities that “four men she did not know claimed to have her legal residence. vacant property and had changed the locks “.
Police said the woman had gone to the house with a locksmith, but they were arrested by strangers, “who presented documents indicating they held legal residency.”
Officers at the scene confirmed that the victim purchased the house in February 2021. The house was vacant and she was preparing to renovate it, police said.
“The police requested the documents from the four suspects, who claimed to be sovereign citizens of the Moroccan Empire and that their status enabled them to access property,” police said.
The quartet followed the officers’ orders to leave the property. But soon after, at 2:40 p.m., John returned and was able to get inside before the victim could have the locks changed.
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John, from Los Angeles, “used a key and entered the house before placing a Moorish flag on the window,” police said.
“The Newark Police SWAT team was deployed because the suspect refused to leave and claimed he was in lawful possession of the house,” Director of Public Safety Brian O’Hara told PEOPLE. “The suspect was essentially a squatter in a vacant house whose locks have been changed.”
According to Southern Poverty Law Center, “Members of Moorish rulers, called Moors, have come into conflict with federal and state authorities for their refusal to obey government laws and regulations … Moorish rulers adopt an interpretation of sovereign doctrine that Afro -Americans constitute an elite class within American society with special rights and privileges which confer sovereign immunity upon them placing them beyond federal and state authority.
John was ultimately taken into custody without incident.
According to PEOPLE report, the rightful owner of the house recounted the experience in a TikTok series videos, telling viewers in one: “I have been targeted at random but not at random 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. “