Coral Gables squatters begin packing to move out
Damian Echauri finally got the keys to his million-dollar Coral Gables house Wednesday after police ordered a family of squatters to leave.
Inside the five-bedroom home at 601 Sunset Dr., he found sinks missing, mattresses and box springs stacked on the floors and a poster of Scarface’s Tony Montana hanging in the dining room.
“They thought they knew how to play the system,” Echauri said as detectives and uniformed officers walked in and out and motorists along the leafy street lined with luxury homes slowed to gawk. “But they’re trespassing.”
Police cited Robert Ramos, 33, his wife Ana Alvarez, 52, and her son Jonathan, 27, for trespassing Wednesday after finding they had no valid lease to be in the home.
After installing new locks, Echauri agreed to give the family until midnight to load up three U-Haul trucks, and tow away a broken down Range Rover that had been sitting in the driveway for months.