Holy Randy Quaid arrest! The Batman and Robin of crime commission (as opposed to crime prevention) have struck again. Randy and Evi Quaid were arrested this past weekend for allegedly squatting in the guest house of a property in Montecito, Ca. that they used to own. Their defense? They thought they still owned it. That would surely explain why they were hanging in the guest house while some interlopers redecorated and made themselves comfortable in the main building.
In case you tuned in late, the Quaids are fresh off their court date for defrauding an innkeeper when they used an invalid credit card to try to pay for a Santa Barbara hotel. Charges from that caper were dropped against Randy, but Evi was sentenced to three years of probation. This new arrest will not please her probation officer.
The pair was confronted by police after a "rep for the owners" of the property reported someone living in the guest house without permission, according to the Washington Post. When questioned, the Quaids claimed they had owned the property since sometime in the 1990's. What they forgot, or failed to mention, was that the property had been sold, not once, but twice. The complainant represented the owner who had purchased the home from the guy who had purchased from the Quaids. And he had the documents to prove it. So, the Santa Barbara County sheriff took the pair to headquarters. Or at any rate, to jail.
The official charges against the Quaids are felony residential burglary and entering a noncommercial building without consent, which is a misdemeanor, reports the Post. Burglary is often defined as the unlawful entry into almost any structure (not just a home or business) with the intent to commit any crime inside. In this case, the crime may not only include living on the premises, but allegedly the duo did damage as well. Additional reportin by the Post says a mirror worth $7,000 was broken.
To ad insult to injury, the 6'4" Randy went quietly, but Ms. Evi Quaid put up a fight. She has also been charged with resisting arrest. Bail has been set for the daring and disingenuous duo at $50,000 each.