RICHLAND TWP. Pa, - Officers spent hours at a Bucks County house Wednesday trying to evict a man.
"I need you to pick up the phone and talk to me. We can work this out, I just need to talk to you," an officer said over a loudspeaker from a vehicle outside the house.
"Dan I need you to pick up the phone. We're not going to go away, Dan."
It happened in the 700 block of East Cherry Road in Richland Twp.
Deputies with the Bucks County sheriff's office were trying to communicate with the man inside, 56-year-old Dan Palchanes.
Earlier in the day, Palchanes called 69 News and said he nailed shut doors and windows and police would have to forcibly remove him. However, he later said he was sleeping for most of the time everything was happening outside.
He did eventually emerge from the house.
Sgt. Joseph Rafferty said, "We gained access through the rear of the property. We found him in the kitchen there without incident. We talked to him, we discussed the whole matter with him."
Palchanes spoke to the camera as he was escorted to a sheriff's vehicle.
"Did you read that sign? That's what it's all about. I lost a house for $12,000 dollars," he said. "My life savings is in this house, my life savings."
Authorities said Palchanes was not violent and made no threats.
"He's not being charged with any crime at this point. He said he was sleeping when we came to the door. He was aware that the eviction process, we told him we were going to come back at 11 a.m. on this date to go ahead with the eviction," said Rafferty.
Palchanes says the house, which he had been trying to sell for three and a half years, was foreclosed on in June and then sold at auction.
He said he was $12,000 behind on mortgage payments, and he didn't get out because he had no place to go.
"I feel like a criminal," he said as he got into the car.
"You're not a criminal," a deputy responded.
"Because I owned a piece of property. You ask all my neighbors about me, they respect me, my neighbors respect me because I kept the property values up and this is what I get," said Palchanes, who said he is currently staying in a motel.
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