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PD: 4 squatting in $800K Vegas home arrested

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Miguel Barraza, Judith Barraza, Robert McMinn, Dinora Barraza (Source: LVMPD) Miguel Barraza, Judith Barraza, Robert McMinn, Dinora Barraza (Source: LVMPD)
Metro police take squatters into custody near Ann Road and Hualapai Way on May 11, 2016. (Source: Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) Metro police take squatters into custody near Ann Road and Hualapai Way on May 11, 2016. (Source: Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
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It’s a follow to a special report you saw on FOX5. Squatters who took up residence in an $800,000 house have been arrested.

The home, located near Ann Road and Hualapai Way in the northwest Valley, has been turned over to a bank.

[WATCH: Special Report: Squatters Among Us]

Neighbors in the eight-house cul-de-sac said they have been dealing with a two-year nightmare. Squatters have been moving in and out. However, the ones who moved in back in March were the worst.

FOX5 was told the squatters are sovereign citizens.

“[The arrests brought] a lot of relief. There’s gonna be peace in my neighborhood again. We’ve been anxious about these people,” neighbor Brenda Flank said.

Las Vegas Metro police made four arrests as FOX5 cameras rolled Wednesday afternoon. It’s believed as many as 25 squatters were living in the home.

Police identified the four people as Miguel Barraza, Judith Barraza, Dinora Barraza, and Robert McMinn. They are being held at the Clark County Detention Center on multiple charges.

Metro police said they’ve been working on the case for moths. A new law makes it easier for them to remove squatters. However, this case was complicated because the squatters had filed $21 million lawsuit against the bank that owns the house. Several “no trespassing” signs were posted around the home.

“[This is] not something we can solve overnight. It can take weeks, months. It’s a complex investigation,” Metro’s Lt. Nick Farese said.

Flank said she and her neighbors this week awoke to find bullets in their yards. They believe it was intimidation on the part of the squatters.

“It was very nerve-racking. This isn’t the first time we’ve had this, but this was the most dangerous. The other people got out fast. These people had an arrogance about them as if they had claimed our neighborhood. They’re not even supposed to be here,” Flank said.

FOX5 wasn’t allowed to enter the home Wednesday, but Metro police said it was one of the cleaner ones they’ve investigated.  

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