MONROE, N.C. - Kristina Lipka sat on her couch the morning of November 17th when a truck caught her eye. She says, "It fish-tailed in my driveway and all four of the doors were open and it was going about 60 (mph) down my driveway." Lipka says she grabbed her dog as men with firearms entered her home. "I did not invite them in, not one bit," she says.
She says the men identified themselves as US Marshals and that man one wore a badge "that said 'federal agent,'" Lipka says.
They were looking, Lipka says, for a friend she hasn't seen in "at least five months." She called the Union County Sheriff's Office after the guys left. They told Lipka the men were not federal agents, but bounty hunters from In and Out Bail Bonds in Charlotte.
The Union County Sheriff's Office declined our request for an on-camera interview, but a Captain says they presented this case to the DA's office and there were no criminal findings. He also points to what he calls an extensive criminal history at Lipka's home as a credibility issue and says she's changed her story.
She responds, "People make mistakes." The 28-year-old Lipka says she has two DWIs and a cocaine charge on her record. She says she's been clean since 2009. Her grandmother, Vera O'Bryan, lives next door and was there when the bounty hunters showed up. O'Bryan says she also saw that badge "that said 'federal agent' on the bottom." She tells the same story as her granddaughter. O'Bryan says, "What would I gain by lying about this?"
"I'm being punished for the rest of my life because I made mistakes and that's not right and it's not fair. And that does not give people the right to come into my house with guns," Lipka says tearfully.
An employee at In and Out Bail Bonds told us they'd have a spokesperson call us back. Lipka has hired an attorney and says she is going to file a lawsuit.