Asheville police arrested a West Asheville man who was evicted from his home last week after years of battling with the city over the upkeep of his property.
Gabriel Ferrari, 64, was arrested at City Hall late this morning. A warrant filed with the Buncombe County Magistrate’s office states that Ferrari “entered the premises of the city after being notified not to enter,” then refused to leave. At 5 p.m., Ferrari was still being held in the county jail awaiting a bond hearing. The warrant listed a $1,000 secured bond.
Police arrived at Ferrari’s house at 22 Sulphur Springs Road last week and evicted him from the property for not paying $3,123.75 in property taxes for the tax years 2003 through 2007. The city also had a court order for the removal of junk cars and livestock that Ferrari kept on his property. The eviction ended nearly 20 years of legal wrangling between the city and Ferrari, whose home was known for its religious signs, turrets and the many goats that roamed his property.
In an interview with Mountain Xpress last week, Ferrari said had been persecuted by the government.
“I never expected such terror and abuse of human rights,” Ferrari said as he and his wife left the Buncombe County Courthouse the day after his eviction. Two sheriff’s deputies trailed him and watched until he left the property. “The government treats people with terror and contempt,” he said.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor