To Butler, everyone else was trespassing — a point he made in subsequent e-mails to Jordan Fainberg, the real estate agent selling the house.
“Even though,” Butler wrote, “there was no false arrest made on Jan. 5, 2013, by the Public Servant Trustee Police Enforcers for the private foreign corporate-for-profit entity styled as Montgomery County Police Department, and conversations ended on peaceable terms, I, as well as others, will be coming to the land property estate this week.”
Fainberg called the police, who by this time were amping up their investigation of Butler. They learned that he had been charged with identity theft in Alexandria late last year and with concealing a dangerous weapon in Prince George’s County for allegedly carrying a knife with an eight-inch blade tucked inside a sheath attached to his belt.
Butler also tangled with police last summer, when a Prince George’s officer pulled him over going 68 mph in a 55 mph zone. The officer cited him for speeding, driving around with a Moorish American license plate and other offenses, according to court records. Butler’s response was to demand $1.05 million in gold coins from Maryland’s attorney general, two judges, three police officers, the owner of a towing company — and all of their spouses. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz labeled Butler’s claims “speculative and frivolous.”
By Jan. 24, detectives had tracked Butler to a house in Charles County. Officers allegedly found him holding a shotgun, but the incident ended peacefully with Butler’s arrest, authorities said.
The breaking-and-entering case involving the Jan. 3 incident ultimately could turn on his stated beliefs. The paperwork he filed with Montgomery officials carries no legal weight, authorities say. And Butler has indicated to police that he wanted the house as an embassy for the Moors and was entitled to be inside it. By doing so, he may have admitted that he broke in.
“Stand up for your Rights (Birthrights)!” he wrote on his Facebook page before his arrest. “You may be surprised that you’ve been paying for something that already belongs to you.”
Jennifer Jenkins contributed to this report.