SPOKANE, Wash. – A Spokane homeowner who moves between Washington and Montana said he found 28 people living in his West Central home near North Belt Street and West Nora Avenue.
“We went ahead and got them all out, boarded up the house,” said Tom Czack. “It was just unbelievable. They had people stacked.”
In the last six months, Czack said he did not realize a swarm of people had taken over the home that he bought for his developmentally disabled brother.
“The influence of drifters and drugs came in and he wasn’t able to leave,” said Czack. “There’s been heroin overdoses here and stolen vehicles found, bicycles. I haven’t been here, I thought my brother was being cared for.”
Czack arrived to find his brother on the brink of death in a corner and his home in chaos.
It was not until Czack got a notice from Officer Tracy Ponto that he realized his brother was not alright.
“I’m a neighborhood officer for the West Central area and so this is not uncommon. I have a lot of out-of-state owners, this was a unique situation, though,” said Ponto. “I usually have a hard time getting the owner to step up.”
Within 24 hours, Czach got his house vacated and an investor ready to buy it for remodel.
“I was just that amazed that it could get that far out of hand. It was absolutely everything you could imagine,” said Czack.
(© 2016 KREM)