From: Jim L.
Sent: April 25, 2014
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: Outraged Bikers Evict Ex-Cons Squatting in Soldier’s Home
Lisa Pettus, Sharkey’s friend, denied Ortiz’s claim, saying she hired him to do work, never agreed to let him live there, and never left them alone in the house. “I don’t want problems,” Ortiz told WFLA-TV earlier in the week. “We’re not doing anything wrong.” The sentiment never moved Sharkey a bit, especially after learning Ortiz spent a dozen years in prison in New Jersey for robbery, car jacking and selling drugs on school property; Cardorso spent more than two years in prison on drug charges. What’s more Ortiz was arrested three times in Pasco County last year on minor charges while Cardoso got busted there seven times on drug charges since 2011.
“They are criminals,” Sharkey told WFLA. “I am serving my country, and they have more rights to my home than I do.” Indeed Sharkey tried going through law enforcement to remove Ortiz and Cardoso, but that turned out to be in vain — sheriffs said it’s a civil matter and would take a court order to evict them since they established residency. As you might guess, all of this has made other veterans and supporters of Sharkey absolutely livid. Lauren Price of Veterans Warriors told WFLA that Ortiz picked the wrong house to squat in, adding that she’s heard from veterans around the world who want to help. An attorney was secured who would handle the eviction process for free. Volunteers have since come forward and agreed to keep a close watch on the property to deter vandalism. Then WFLA reported that two Tampa motorcycle clubs filled with veterans were planning to ride over to the Sharkey residence on Sunday “and peacefully make the squatters uncomfortable.” With that, Ortiz started packing up, noting the planned biker visit was one of the reasons he and Cardoso were leaving, WFLA said.
WFLA News Channel 8