They came early Thursday morning — 100 deputies in armored cars — to knock down the wooden wall around the front of the Hernandez family home on Leadwell Street in Van Nuys.
The 20 or so occupiers who have kept possession of the property dubbed Fort Hernandez for four months left peacefully without anyone being arrested. A fence was put around the property and it was padlocked.
Philip Koebel, the Pasadena attorney representing the family, believes they have a valid lawsuit on several grounds against Bank of America which foreclosed on the property after rejecting loan modifications plans and may have turned over the title to Bank of New York Mellon at the last minute.
Countrywide, the bankrupt and discredited lender taken over by BofA, provided the mortgage to the low income family without a down payment and allegedly falsified their income information to make it possible for them to get an adjustable rate mortgage.