McKINNEY, Texas (TCD) — A 41-year-old man was taken into custody this weekend following a lengthy standoff after investigators discovered a missing woman’s remains inside his home.
On Sunday, Nov. 12, McKinney Police Department officers received information that there might be a body inside Chad Stevens’ home. Investigators obtained a search warrant and discovered 35-year-old Heather Schwab’s remains.
According to NBC DFW, Stevens reportedly would not exit the home, so a SWAT team responded and engaged with Stevens for several hours until he finally surrendered to authorities in the afternoon.
Police arrested Stevens on a charge of tampering with evidence and booked him into the Collin County Jail, where his bond was set at $150,000.
Schwab allegedly had a reputation in multiple states for being an illegal squatter and had been dubbed the “serial squatter,” CBS Texas reports.
In 2018, she was charged with theft of an at-risk victim, two counts of forgery, and two counts of check fraud. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said in a statement at the time that she “fraudulently leases properties and fails to pay rent, living in the homes until she is evicted.”
Schwab was also charged in another case with two counts of identity theft, two counts of conspiracy to commit identity theft, two counts of computer crime, and one count of theft. According to CBS Texas, she was sentenced to six years in prison but was released in 2020 and ultimately made her way back to Texas. Rowlett Police issued a warrant for her arrest at the end of October for third-degree felony fraud.
Collin County court records show Schwab and Stevens were both named in an eviction lawsuit in 2015.
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