South Fulton Mayor Khalid Kamau was arrested after allegedly breaking into a lake house and confronting the homeowner. The incident occurred when the homeowner reported a trespasser at his residence on Cascade Palmetto Highway, prompting the police to respond.
While the homeowner was on the phone with the authorities, Kamau reportedly shouted at him multiple times, asking if he knew who he was and stating that he would wait for his own police to arrive. Kamau has refrained from commenting on the incident but commended the South Fulton Police Department for their swift response and professional conduct.
“I do want to thank the South Fulton police and the staff of officers for their courteous and professional service throughout the day,” he said.
According to the police report, the mayor explained to officers that he was en route to a dog park but decided to stop by the house, considering it his dream home and expressing aspirations to purchase it in the future. Kamau acknowledged to the police that he was aware he was trespassing on the homeowner’s property, despite his previous statement to FOX 5 Atlanta claiming he believed the home was abandoned.
The homeowner, who has chosen to remain anonymous, observed the mayor approaching his lake house as he quickly got dressed and contacted the police from inside his truck. The homeowner then confronted Kamau, holding him at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived, instructing the mayor to remain in place, as stated in the report.
According to Kamau, the homeowner allegedly said, “No, motherf–ker, you stay right there” during the encounter.
The mayor asserted that he apologized to the homeowner and disclosed his identity. However, when the homeowner cautioned him to wait for the arrival of the police, Kamau reportedly retorted, “Are you going to shoot me while I’m walking away?”
As a result of the incident, the mayor faced charges of criminal trespass and first-degree burglary. He was subsequently booked into the Fulton County Jail on an $11,000 bond and was later released.
City officials have confirmed that the investigation into the incident is still ongoing. At this time, no additional details regarding the case have been provided.
“The city of South Fulton is committed to upholding the law and ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their position, are subject to the same fair and just treatment,” officials said in a statement.