Actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi Quaid, have been arrested in Santa Barbara, California, on burglary charges, with Evi also being charged with resisting arrest. It follows a bizarre year of arrests and missed court appearances for the couple who seem to be struggling to find a place to live lawfully.
The Associated Press is reporting that the Quaids are facing these more recent charges for living in a house without permission. The house was formally owned by them, and while they told the police Saturday afternoon that they had owned the property since the 1990s, the current property owner’s representative showed documents proving ownership since 2007.
In addition to being caught living in the house as squatters, a contractor showed the police damages to the guest house where the Quaids have been living, and is estimating the cost of the damages to be around $5,000. Both Randy and Evi Quaid were then arrested on a felony charge of residential burglary, and misdemeanor charge of entering a noncommercial building without consent. Evi was then also charged with resisting arrest.
Last September the Quaids had been arrested in Texas for allegdly defrauding an innkeeper, burglary, in California, for leaving Santa Barbara without paying their hotel bill of close to $10,000. They later paid the bill, but the charges still held up. They then missed court hearings and forfeited $40,000 in bail. Eventually the case was dismissed against Randy because of lack of evidence, but Evi pled no contest to a misdemeanor count of defrauding an innkeeper and was given three years of probation and 240 hours of community service.
Randy Quaid hasn’t completed more than one film a year since 2005 when he had his last hit with Brokeback Mountain, and his last film,Â Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach, was released direct-to-video. Assumably the couple is going through money problems, but living places illegally doesn’t seem to be the way to solve the problems. The question at hand is how much money they have left, and if they have at least enough to rent a studio apartment.