A homeowner has told how he was arrested after being accused of trespassing on his own property.
Tim Arko is caught up in an eviction battle as he tries to evict suspected squatters from his Georgia home.
He told the ABC affiliate WSB that he noticed that someone had broken into the house in February.
It happened just days after the tenants he rented the property to moved out.
Arko claimed someone pointed a gun at him when he arrived at the house.
He said: “I didn’t know what to do. I walked in with guns, a prostitute, a bunch of dogs in the background, and my broken fence.”
Arko called 911 and police were taken to the home, but he was taken into custody.
He recalled that one of the suspected squatters had told officers he was an “intruder”.
Arko was not charged with a crime after revealing to police that he actually owned the property.
But he faced a months-long ordeal to evict the suspected squatters from his home.
A person seen inside the home told WSB that she didn’t break in and claimed she had a lease.
Arko tried to evict the suspected squattershowever, was plagued by months of delays.
He has since been told he could begin eviction in September.
But Arko claimed: “I feel like it’s primarily targeting these intruders and criminals, not the people who have been scammed.”