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TAMPA (WFLA) – A young mother from Florida said she was scared when she looked at her Ring app and saw gunmen at the door to her apartment.

Kada Staples said the men had their guns pointed at her door, and when she said hello they ordered her out and said, “We know he’s in there.”

Staples believes the gunmen, who were US marshals, were looking for a murder suspect, but they had the wrong apartment. At the time, she didn’t understand what was going on when she opened her door.

“I opened the door and they pushed open the door and pushed me and my baby aside. They hold us at gunpoint, screaming. There’s a gun about a foot from her face, ”Staples said as she held her 3-month-old baby.

She said the US Marshals kept saying, “We know Jamar is in there.”

“With that, they run to my apartment. There are probably six or seven with guns. Three or four of them run into my apartment and run around. They always scream at me that I’m lying, ”Staples said.

She said she took a nap with her baby and was the only one inside. The marshals quickly understood their mistake.

“Then one of the guys in the hallway said to me, ‘Wait, this is an apartment …’, then said my apartment number, then repeated it again, then they ran out. and said, “This is not the right apartment,” said Staples.

She said the marshals had left but never apologized for their actions or their mistake.

“No sorry, no nothing. They tell me, “You’re fine,” and another said, “You’re fine,” Staples said.

She said that when calling the US Marshals Service to ask why the police had entered her apartment, she asked them if they could provide a mental health counselor to help her cope with the anxiety caused by the ‘event.

She said a man on the phone told her to take melatonin and “get over it.”

The WFLA called and emailed the US Marshals Service to find out why the officers were in the wrong apartment and whether the officers involved will face disciplinary action. The US Marshals Service and the US Department of Justice did not respond.



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