A kind-hearted grandmother revealed she has been evicted from her family home and barred from returning after a homeless man that she befriended filed a restraining order against her.
Sheryl Lopez-Tobin allowed Brian Durst to stay in a camper van in her back garden for a few days while he got himself back on his feet, after the mechanic confided in her that he was homeless and “had nowhere to go”.
However the gran, from Colorado, USA, was then ordered to leave her property after Durst forged a document claiming he was renting the house and was kicked out after an altercation with the owner, according to local TV station KDVR.
Trouble began on the first night that Durst stayed at the property, as the family allege that he tried to break in to the property through the dog door, before threatening them and brandishing a weapon.
“He told me that people disappear all the time and that he could make us disappear and he wasn’t leaving,” Lopez-Tobin told KDVR.
Terrified, the family called the police who arrested Durst at the scene, discovering he already had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. However the cunning house guest then filed a restraining order on the family and produced a lease in court which stated that he was legally renting the home from Lopez-Tobin.
The lease had allegedly been signed by her daughter, Amina, however she claims that it has been forged by Durst.
“The police said you’re being served, you need to leave the property. I went, ‘What?’” Lopez-Tobin added. “It was all fraud. He made up a fake lease.”
Durst also told the court that the grandmother had “punched him in the face and said my lease was terminated, effective immediately,” and that “Sheryl continually tells me that her brother is coming to town to deal with me”.
In response to his claims, the court granted a temporary protective order stating that the family must stay 100 yards away from him and 50 yards away from his home address, which he listed as the Lopez-Tobin residence, meaning the family were evicted.
“There was a knock at the door. My grandkids were sleeping. One is in a crib and the other ones is in a bed in her room and the police only gave us 15 minutes to leave,” Lopez-Tobin said.
“I just want to go home. I want to go home. I want my kids to be able to go home.”