Angry Landlord Bulldozes a Mobile Home With Kids Inside in Central Florida
In terms of effectiveness, ramming a front-end loader into a rental trailer home is certainly a good way to evict your tenants. In terms of legality, not so much. Especially if there are children in the trailer.
John Miller has been renting a mobile home near Apopka for about four months to Michelle Valdez, 23. She paid $150 a week to live there with her three children, brother, and sister-in-law.
Valdez was up to date on her rent, but according to the Orlando Sentinel, Miller had become upset over her use of a table at a yard sale. Obviously that's certainly something to become irate about.
Valdez was paid up until December 1 and had planned to stay until then, but Miller had other ideas.
On Tuesday, Miller rammed a yellow front-end loader into the trailer.
"Miller drove the front-end loader into the right, front side of the trailer as Michelle and Bonnie [Peach] screamed for him to stop and telling him the children were inside," reads the arrest report.
Four children ages 10 to 14 were inside. Only the 14-year-old was able to escape before the attack. The ramming caused the roof to collapse while the children were inside.
"Good, then I got what I wanted," Miller told police. Miller also swore at police after they pointed a rifle at him.
Luckily, the children were unharmed.
Miller was arrested and now faces charges of attempted murder.
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