SOUTH LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11) - A homeowner in South LA is facing quite a battle. Laurie Horn says in the darkness of night, someone broke into her property and now they won't leave.
That someone is Shanell Lathem, but she denies breaking into the house.
Lathem says an unknown person rented her the property and she paid $2400 in cash.
When the homeowner called the police, Lathem presented a then with a signed lease.
Officers then told the owner they wouldn't be able to help her because it's a civil matter.
Horn says, "It can happen to anybody. It can happen to you, somebody can break into your house and say, 'I have a lease, oh, we’re a victim of fraud,' and then try getting them out!"
So, where does it end? FOX 11 contacted the LA County Dept. of Consumer and Business Affairs and they say if anyone is facing this type of situation, they can help investigate.
Watch the video to see the homeowner confront the person she calls a squatter.
Copyright 2016 FOX 11 Los Angeles : Download our mobile app for breaking news alerts or to watch FOX 11 News | Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Be a citizen journalist for FOX 11 and get paid – download the Fresco News App today.