Evicted Tenant Threatens Landlord With a Machete (Seriously)

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TULSA, Oklahoma – It started with a tuxedo shop. Or at least that is what the tenant claimed when he moved in. But rather than tuxedos, the tenant allegedly moved in numerous wanted fugitives, crack pipes, syringes, and mountains of trash.

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According to Channel 6 News in Tulsa, the tenants had just been evicted from the property when property manager “Carl” came to change the locks, as landlords do after an eviction. However, when he arrived at the property, the former tenants pulled up, jumped out of the car and threatened the landlord; one of those individuals was allegedly waving around a large machete.

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Sam immediately called the police, who came to the property and arrested the ex-tenants.

In the video below (image will link to Channel 6’s news page), you can see Carl give the reporter a tour of the property, showing the vast devastation caused by the tenants. Rather than running a tuxedo shop, it appears the tenant instead moved in numerous individuals whom the police recognized as having warrants. You can see broken mirrors, large amounts of clothes strewn all over the building, and most of the doors and door jams ripped completely from the walls.

Eviction Tenant Machette

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20 Comments

  1. Jay C.

    Here is how I would have handled it. Lets set the stage

    “According to Channel 6 News in Tulsa, the tenants had just been evicted from the property when property manager “Carl” came to change the locks, as landlords do after an eviction. However, when he arrived at the property, the former tenants pulled up, jumped out of the car and threatened the landlord; one of those individuals was allegedly waving around a large machete.”

    Thats when the landlord drew his weapon and shot the ex tenant dead in self defense.

    Lesson here. Never rent to any party with out a background/criminal check which this landlord clearly did not do.

  2. Orlando Paz

    My dad owned several apartment buildings in a fairly tough part of Miami. Although he never experienced that type of aggression, he always made it a point to carry a gun with him (just in case).

    As it related to this story, this nutcase might have had second thoughts about bringing a knife to a gun fight.

  3. Tom Phelan

    I wish there were more derails about the eviction process such as time (how long) and costs.

    Did the Landlord have clauses in his lease about how many, if any, people could live in the unit. Was the use of the unit clearly spelled out etc.

    Was there a laying “waste” clause in the lease etc.

    My biggest concern would be not having the unit labeled a “crack house” or “Meth lab” nd condemned.

  4. Charles Worth

    They probably could not get another unit that is why they went with an office property. I assume the background checks are less stringent on the people themselves because I doubt there are nearly as many instances of people living in offices as a crack den.

  5. Angel Rosado

    This is one of those horror stories that you hope you never gave to deal with. This is a fear of mine…getting a bad tenant who destroys the place.

    I have to say when the news anchor said that one of the individuals had a criminal background from 2003 that shouldve been found in the tenant screening process.

  6. Tim Hoffman

    He thought it was going to be a tuxedo shop? Did he go to the prior place of business? Sounds like he did not do any type of background check. Financial verification? This guy must be a newbie and not a member of BP.

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