‘She had a big witch’s cauldron’: Repeat squatter winds up in jail after punching cop

A serial squatter in North Carolina who is well-practiced in the art of exploiting laws for personal gain is now behind bars after punching a cop while trying to avoid being evicted from another home she commandeered.

Ninti El-Bey, a convicted squatter who claimed her religion protected her from prosecution in 2015, received an eviction notice in April 2022 after setting up shop once again in an East Charlotte house, according to WSOC-TV. Still there 15 months later, police showed up last week to finally put her out and end the nightmare her neighbors were being forced to endure.

“She had a big witch’s cauldron in the back she would burn,” next-door neighbor Mike Kowalski told the affiliate. “She’s gone around the neighborhood a few times with a blow horn yelling at people to get off her indigenous property.”

Another neighbor, Katy Ascencio Flores, described her interaction with the squatter: “She said I’m going to burn you alive if you don’t get away from me,”

When cops showed up last Thursday to remove her from the property, the freeloader reportedly did not go quietly.

Citing the police, WSOC-TV reported that El-Bey “punched an officer in the eye, was pepper-sprayed, and then hid in a closet until an officer kicked the door down and arrested her.”

She was charged with trespassing, assault on a government official, and resisting arrest.

El-Bey claims to be a Moorish sovereign citizen, not to be confused with the Moops, of George Castanza fame. Law enforcement reportedly said this group is often involved in squatting incidents.


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