Elderly Arkansas Man Suffers Heart Attack After Squatters Illegally Seize His Home, These DETAILS Are Insane...

By Victor Smiroff | Saturday, 15 June 2024 11:10 PM
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In a shocking incident in Northwest Arkansas, a 75-year-old homeowner was reportedly stricken with a stress-induced heart attack after discovering that a couple had unlawfully occupied his home while he was away for medical treatment.

The homeowner, Gary Brankel, was undergoing treatment at a facility when Kelly DeShields, 54, and Matthew Villagran, 46, moved into his residence near Maysville. According to the Daily Mail, the couple had heard rumors that Brankel's home had been vacant for years and decided to claim it as their own.

DeShields and Villagran, driven by misguided information found online, believed they could legally claim the property by paying the property taxes and maintaining the residence and land. The couple went as far as burning a pile of Brankel's personal belongings, including important documents and home decor, which were later discovered near the garbage. This shocking violation of Brankel's property rights reportedly led to his heart attack, triggered by the stress of strangers unlawfully occupying his home.

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The couple's audacious act of residential burglary came to light on June 5, leading to their arrest. DeShields is currently being held in the Benton County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond, while Villagran's bond is set at $15,000. Their court hearing is scheduled for July 15.

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The incident was first reported on May 30 when an official from the Benton County Sheriff's Office responded to a trespassing report at Brankel's Maysville home on Highway 43. Upon arrival, the official found DeShields and Villagran occupying the property. The couple had moved in when Brankel's caretaker arrived to collect some personal belongings.

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DeShields, in an attempt to justify her actions, presented investigators with a receipt from the Gravette Revenue Office, showing she had paid $162 in assessment fees for the property. However, Brankel confirmed that he had not given anyone permission to occupy his home. DeShields admitted that her belief that the home had been unoccupied for years and her subsequent decision to claim it were based solely on information she found online. She confirmed that no official from the revenue office had told her she could occupy the property.

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Villagran corroborated DeShields' account, admitting that they had been staying at the home based on the steps she found online to gain possession of the property. The caretaker, who was present during this ordeal, stated that Brankel was actively suffering a heart attack due to the stress caused by the presence of strangers in his home.

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This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of property rights, a cornerstone of conservative values. It also highlights the potential dangers of misinformation spread online, which can lead to serious consequences, as seen in this case. The incident underscores the need for stringent enforcement of laws to protect homeowners and their properties from such unlawful invasions.

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