Two Arrested For Squatting In Home Owned By Davidson Mayor’s Family

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — Two people have been arrested for squatting in a home formerly owned by the parents of Davidson’s current Mayor.

According to authorities, on January 4th, 2018, Turmaine Tyron Thorne, 30, and Taqiyah Barber, 35, used a “hide-a-key” to enter the vacant property before unloading a 26-foot U-Haul and moving their personal property into the residence.  Barber and Thorne also parked their vehicle in the garage.

The home belonged to the the deceased parents of Davidson mayor, Rusty Knox and is pending sale.  A Knox family member discovered the squatters in the home and called the Davidson Police Department.

Barber and Thorne claim allegiance to the Moorish Nation, a religious organization that believes in the tenants of traditional sovereign citizens.  Moorish Nation members commonly use documents and filing to claim the property of others.

On January 3rd, 2019, Barber and Thorne filed a quit claim deed with the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds, claiming legal ownership of the property at 1150 Concord Road.  The Knox family currently owns the property and provided information proving the property has not been legally transferred.

After obtaining a key from the Knox family, officers entered the home and arrested the suspects without incident.  Barber and Thorne were charged with Breaking and Entering and Resisting Public Officer and were released on Bond.

U-Haul representatives recovered the U-Haul truck and the suspects personal property.  The suspect’s vehicle was towed from the residence.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.