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A TikToker has shared a bizarre 49-part story explaining she got into a stand-off with an extremist group who were trying to steal her house. Watch the short version of events here:
Shanetta, who lives in New Jersey, has found herself stuck in a strange situation with Moorish Sovereign Citizens - an extremist group that has tried to claim her home, to the point that SWAT teams have had to step in.
She started posting the videos on 18 June, with footage showing the New Jersey SWAT team pulling into a house opposite, while she waits and films from her neighbour's home.
Shanetta says in the video: "[A man trying to take her home] basically changed the locks yesterday and he moved in."
The videos go through what has happened, explaining that she recently purchased a house and while she wasn't there, a small group of men broke in, sawed off and changed the locks, then started to claim the property as their own. They say it is their 'ancestral home'.
She was luckily not in the house during the intrusion as she has been living in a separate apartment while the new property is being renovated, but when she went to get her gas lines fixed, she noticed the key she had didn't work in the door.
She also said she had two letters in May that were supposed to be 'legal notices', claiming the home she had bought was being claimed by someone else who has connections with the Moorish Sovereign Citizens. They told her to surrender the home.
The Moorish Sovereign Citizens are part of a group that rose to fame in the 90s - they are said to believe that because of a 1780s treaty with Morocco, African Americans are indigenous to the Americas, meaning they can claim property.
But when she asked a lawyer, they said the letters she received don't have any legal bearing and it was a scam.
The man was initially being treated as a squatter by police, who eventually took him away.
She said: "It took a good 30, almost 40 minutes of negotiating to get him out because he just wouldn't come out.
"The neighbours said that they could see him walking to and fro in the house, looked like he was on his cell phone talking to somebody.
"But he would just sit. They would say, 'Hey, we need...' They kept saying something like, 'We cannot see your ID, you're going to have to come out of the house and show us.'"
She added in the video: "So [the police] finally break the door in, which to my surprise, they did not do that much damage to the door frame. I was able to get another locksmith. They ended up basically having to carry him out like a piece of plywood, because he was laying flat... he would not walk out at all.
"I think three or four men just carried him out like they were carrying out a piece of sheet rock."
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