Business house owners and residents of an Atlanta neighborhood say they’re being terrorized by a “machete man” who wields weapons in public and is accused of squatting in an area home amid an eviction moratorium. 

“I pass him. I immediately get alarmed,” Kirkwood salon owner Kelsey Womack informed Fox 5 Atlanta of the “machete man.” 

“[I] tried to warn all of the clients and the staff that there was someone out there that didn’t look sane with a weapon,” Womack added of her first encounter with the person, whose identify is Brandon Barkley. 

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Police had been known as repeatedly over the summer season when he first moved in subsequent to a sweet store and the salon. But his actions didn’t represent breaking the legislation, the outlet reported. 

“He was threatening to hurt my clients if they parked in front of my house, which he did not rightfully own,” Womack mentioned. 

The "machete man" of Atlanta.

The “machete man” of Atlanta.
(Dana Fowle/Fox 5 Atlanta)

Barkley claims he owns the house he lives in, however an area property administration firm mentioned that’s not true.

Invitation Homes informed Fox 5 it’s the rightful proprietor of the home and had tried to evict Barkley in July however the course of was held up by an area eviction moratorium stemming from the pandemic. 

Barkley hit again in a counterclaim that he’s owed “$5,000” from a pair whom he reportedly purchased the house from, however they “never brought” him the “lease.” He claims he paid the couple $20,000 in money for the property however didn’t present Fox 5 with any paperwork to show his possession. 

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Invitation Homes additionally informed the Atlanta Police Department it owns the house, however police concluded it was a “civil matter.”

He was lastly arrested in August after he pulled out a weapon some thought was a gun however was a Taser. 

“He was shocking the Taser, however it works. The client who was outside said, ‘Do not come at me with that Taser,’” Womack recounted.

He was arrested on Aug. 19 and charged with aggravated assault. 

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Invitation Homes modified the lock on the entrance door of the residence quickly after his arrest and put up a no trespassing discover. But Barkley quickly returned, saying he was out on bail. He was capable of acquire entry to the property with a key he needed to the home’s again door. 

Barkley’s mom mentioned her son doesn’t undergo from any psychological well being points, explaining he’s simply “really into God.” Barkley informed the outlet that his knife-wielding is a part of his journey to grow to be an angel. 

“I don’t want anything to happen to him, but he’s terrorizing my clients,” Womack added. 

The DeKalb County eviction moratorium lately expired, and Invitation Homes mentioned it would now push tougher to have him faraway from the home.