ESCONDIDO — A Superior Court Judge found enough evidence May 7 to order a middle aged man to stand trial on charges stemming from squatting in a couple’s vacant Escondido home.
Michael Jones Hanna is charged with one felony count each of burglary, grand theft, forgery, possessing a deadly weapon, and passing and possessing a forged document.
Hanna, who remains free on bail, faces up to nine years in prison if convicted. His next scheduled court appearance is a readiness conference set for June 6. A trial date of June 25 was set.
Following the hearing, Hanna declined to comment on his case.
Anyayahan Rosalina testified she and her husband got quite a surprise last November when they went to visit their second home in the 2100 block of Pleasantwood Lane and discovered the door locks had been changed. Moments later, Rosalina testified Hanna came out of the house holding a lease agreement and told the couple he was renting the place.
“I was shocked,” Rosalina said.
After alerting the authorities, Hanna was removed from the property several days later on Nov. 15, 2008, after the couple, assisted by police, served Hanna with a formal notice to vacate their property. Immediately following his removal from the residence, Hanna was arrested on suspicion of trespassing.
Further, two nightsticks were found in Hanna’s possession inside the Rosalinas’ residence.
Rosalina said their vehicle, a television, and bed and headboard had been stolen from their home.
Deputy District Attorney Anne Richardson said investigations revealed Hanna had forged another rental agreement pertaining to a residence on Jericho Circle Glenn in Escondido. Richardson said authorities believe Hanna may have lived at that address from February 2008 to August 2008, at which time he then moved into the Rosalinas’ residence.