A man was arrested after he moved into a $500,000 home that another family had just purchased in Georgia.
Joel Fedd, 33, claimed the home in Gwinett County was his because he is an ‘indigenous Moor’ and as such had rights to the land.
Last Saturday, Fedd recorded himself and his nephew walking around outside the house on Settles Brook Court.
Fedd claimed they were entitled to live there because they were ‘Moorish American’.
In the video which he posted on Facebook, Fedd states: ‘Hey, you all can keep paying rent, you can think this is a game.
‘You can think we are just cappin’, but for real talk, we are taking the land back’.
Fedd told viewers police had no right to kick him out and even if they did come, all they would do is say the matter is a civil issue.
He added: ‘I ain’t encouraging, I ain’t promoting anyone do to this, I feel it’s my time to do this.
‘When you get up in your level of consciousness and knowledge, who gonna come tell me I can’t take it.
‘Who gonna come and take it from me, we are the law of the land, we are the land lord’, he declares.
Fedd ends by saying: ‘We are out for truth, peace and justice, we not black, we are Moorish Americans, go home’.
Neighbors said Fedd came back and moved in later this week in what police called a ‘sovereign citizen’ case.
Jack Campbell told WSB-TV that Fedd posted signs on the windows claiming ownership and warning others not to trespass.
He had all the blinds pulled down and also changed the locks on the doors.
‘He had pulled all the blinds down and put private property and no trespassing (signs up),’ Campbell said.
‘I called the guy, and what was his response? He was belligerent. This is my house under this law and this law’.
When the new owners came, they couldn’t get into the house they had just purchased because the locks were changed.
Campbell added: ‘He came back and changed the locks and they had to change them again’.
‘I’ve seen a lot of things in my 56 years, but this is the wildest’, Campbell added.
In the video Fedd posted online, he gave advice to other would-be home scammers on how to claim property.
‘First thing you want to do is make sure it’s vacant,’ Fedd said as his nephew stood behind him.
‘Who’s going to tell me I can’t take it? Who’s going to come take it from me? We are the law of the land, we are the landlords, we are the Moors’.
He posted the video with the caption ‘Taking Back What’s Ours The Land #Moor #TheNewMoorsInMorocco’.
The video generated much comment on Facebook, with the majority telling Fedd that he was breaking the law by squatting in someone else’s house.
When Gwinnett County police arrived, Campbell said Fedd argued with them too.
He was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and making false statements.
Campbell is relieved Fedd has been removed from his neighborhood.
‘At the time we were all worried about him. We’ve got small kids in this neighborhood so we were all scared’.
WSB-TV reported that the new owners have regained control of the house and are in the process of moving in.
Fedd is currently in prison and has, charged with criminal trespass and making false statements.
It is thought that Fedd claimed he had a right to claim the land as there is a theory that Moors had discovered the Americas before Christopher Columbus.
In 2013, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan generated much discussion when he claimed Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before Columbus, in 1178.
In his memoirs, Christopher Columbus mentions the existence of a mosque atop a hill on the coast of Cuba,’ Erdogan said.
Some scholars have disputed the claim in Columbus’ writings, saying there is no archaeological evidence of Muslims having lived in the Americas before Columbus, an Italian, made his expedition in 1492 on behalf of the Spanish crown.