Family Returns from Holiday Travels to Intruder Living in Their House

As if coming home after a vacation wasn’t hard enough, right? Imagine finding a stranger, like the wolf in Red Riding Hood who takes over grandma’s cottage, insisting that he lives here now and everything’s chill.

That’s what happened to a Georgia family upon returning home from their holiday travels. The first clue that something was amiss was when their keys no longer opened their front door. Apparently, the intruder had the locks changed. And apparently, locksmiths don’t need to check for proof of residence before doing that.

The family’s concern skyrocketed when a young man in a wheelchair came to the door of their suburban Marietta home. He told them that they no longer lived there – he did. He told them to leave. He also claimed he had a gun.

Homeowner Janice Henson immediately called 911, she later told local Atlanta station WSB-TV, a channel 2 affiliate.

Intruder Threatens to Shoot Police

When police responding to the 911 call arrived on the scene, the intruder threatened to shoot them. His hostile response started what turned into a five-hour standoff. A SWAT team soon joined the local law enforcement officers outside the home. They ended the stalemate by ramming the front door open and sending a robot into the home to locate the intruder.

At this point, the intruder surrendered peacefully. He was arrested and identified as 26-year-old Nathaniel Jacob Nuckols of Canton.

Nuckols is charged with first-degree burglary and terroristic threats and acts, which are felonies, and obstruction, which is a misdemeanor, according to People and other news sources. He remains held in the Cobb County jail with a $33,220 bond.

Intruder Left Notes Thanking Family

After Nuckols was arrested and taken away, the Henson family was able re-enter and inspect their home. All their food was gone; presumably eaten by Nuckols. He had moved many of their things.

“He also left us notes thanking us for the key and thanking us for letting him live here, and it was his house now. He moved all the pictures, emptied drawers. He was making this house his,” Henson is quoted as saying in a Fox News report.

The family is currently staying in a hotel while they clean up the house and put things back where they were. It is unclear how long they were away and how long Nuckols had been staying in the house.

How Deep Sentinel Could Have Prevented This Home Takeover

While we at Deep Sentinel are glad that this home takeover incident ended peacefully with no one hurt, we would like to point out that with Deep Sentinel, this family would not have had endured this situation. We could have prevented it and they could have returned home to find their key still fit the lock and nothing was displaced.

Unlike other home security systems that passively take video footage while a home is being ransacked or rely solely on you for intervention, Deep Sentinel’s trained home surveillance agents would have called the police for the vacationing family.  The intruder would never have made it inside the front door much less had time to change the locks. Order a Deep Sentinel system for your home today.

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