Randy Quaid arrested for squatting in old home

Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:34pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Randy Quaid and his wife were arrested after being found apparently squatting at a California home they owned years ago.

In the couple's second brush with the law in the past year, the Quaids were stopped by police in the upscale community of Montecito -- home to celebrities like Oprah Winfrey -- on Saturday, police said.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said that Quaid and his wife Evi insisted they owned the house, but a representative for the home owner produced documents proving the house now belonged to his client.

Randy Quaid, who starred in 2005 film "Brokeback Mountain" and is the brother of actor Dennis Quaid, was booked on suspicion of burglary and entering a building without consent. His wife, Evi, was booked on those charges as well as resisting arrest.

Earlier this year the couple were arrested on charges of failing to pay their bill at a California hotel. Evi Quaid was forced to pay $10,500 in restitution in that case and she pleaded no contest to defrauding an innkeeper.

An attorney who represented the Quaids in that case could not be reached for comment about their latest arrest.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jill Serjeant)

<p>Actor Randy Quaid is shown in this Santa Barbara County Sheriff booking mug shot released to Reuters April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Office/Handout</p>