Proclaimed Moorish National and mansion squatter Tabitha Gentry was arrested by Shelby County Sheriff deputies late Thursday evening and was charged with burglary, spokesman Chip Washington said.
Gentry left the foreclosed $2.7 million mansion on Shady Grove Road in East Memphis she was occupying in a white Jaguar shortly before 11:30 p.m.
Sheriff's deputies in two black SUVs, which had been parked on the street some 70 minutes prior, took pursuit and successfully pulled over Gentry a mile away at Shady Grove and Poplar Avenue.
An unidentified 13-year-old girl was inside the Jaguar at the time of Gentry's arrest. The teen was taken into custody.
Earlier Thursday Gentry, a sovereign citizen, was ordered by a bank to vacate the mansion she had been squatting in with her children. She had until 2:30 p.m. to remove herself from the estate grounds.
Washington said his office received a complaint that was made by a grandparent of one of the children inside the mansion. The grandparent said the child was in danger. A mission was then set in place by the sheriff's office.
Less than five minutes after Washington briefed the media about Gentry's arrest, a warrant to get inside the mansion grounds was signed Thursday evening by a judge. Soon after a heavily armed sheriff SWAT team with assault rifles assembled.
An armed vehicle drove up to the fence and a SWAT member jumped out with a chainsaw. He proceeded to cut through the fence to gain access to the grounds.
SWAT members then gained access to the mansion, but after searching room by room they found no one inside.
Inside the multi million-dollar East Memphis mansion that's became Gentry's palatial fortress of defiance, the cell phone traffic was at a fever pitch on Thursday. Worried family members were trying to persuade her to exit the mansion she and her six children, ranging in age from 11 years to 14 months, have occupied as squatters under the banner of the Moorish National Movement.
Gentry's determined occupation would appear to be part of a total metamorphosis in the personality of the 32-year old Horn Lake, Miss., woman. A check of her past indicates she was an athletic and smart student at Horn Lake High School, where she played basketball and earned academic achievement as well.
Family members FOX13 News spoke to on Thursday said Gentry's life took a sharp turn toward the radical when she met and fell in love with Darrin Fleming. He introduced her to the Moorish National Movement, culminating in her joining the organization in December 2011 and taking the name Abka Re Bey. However, changing her name was just part of the change in attitude and appearance.
"Her appearance, for one," Trenisha Gentry said, her cousin. "She has never had braids and she was never part of no Moorish Nation or something like that. Ever since she met him she's changed. She really has. We noticed she started having more things like she's got a huge truck, an Excursion.
In addition to her burglary arrest just before midnight by deputies, Gentry could also find herself in more trouble after failing to appear in November 2012 to answer to allegations she attempted to run over two Memphis policemen after a traffic stop. That case could be headed toward a Shelby County grand jury for indictment.
FOX13 News reporter Matt Gerien contributed to this report.