Kada Staples of Brandenton, Florida, was forced out of her home at gunpoint Friday when U.S. Marshals executed a raid at the wrong apartment.
“U.S. Marshals, open the door,” one of the men announced in the video. Staples told the Marshals that she was the only one home, and that she was putting her dog in their cage.
“Tell him to come out with his hands up, we know he’s in there, the place is surrounded,” the other man said.
Kada Staples opened the door, holding her baby, as the Marshals continued to insist that she was harboring a fugitive.
“Come on out, walk with me,” one of the officers can be heard saying. “Tell him to come on out,” said another.
Staples and her baby are seen being led away from the door near another armed Marshal, crying as she continues to record the incident on her phone.
“I am shaking,” Staples wrote on a caption on the TikTok. “I had guns pointed on me and my baby from every direction.”
“Shamar! U.S. Marshals,” one of the officers shouts. “Come to the door! Put your hands up!”
In the background, Staples can be seen and heard telling another Marshal through tears: “I don’t even know a Shamar.”
After apparently searching the apartment, several of the Marshals are seen slamming Staples’ door and turning to leave.
The video then cuts to the clip recorded from Staples’ phone. “You guys came in the wrong apartment?” she asks, crying.
“Yep, you’re good,” one Marshals responds, without looking back.
Marshals on the scene did not apologize, Staples told local reporters.
““No sorry, no nothing. They tell me, ‘You’re good,’ and another one said, ‘You’re fine.,’” she said.
Marshals Went to Kada Staples’ Home by Mistake
In a statement on Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals Service said that they were looking for Shamar Johnson, who was wanted on murder charges, according to NBC. The federal agency said Johnson was apprehended “moments later” in an apartment on the same floor as Staples’.
Marshals added that Kada Staples’ apartment was “not a target of the investigation” and that “team members did not make entry” into her home — the latter statement being directly contradicted by Staples.
“When the U.S. Marshals show up to your house and rush you and your newborn baby out,” the 22-year-old mother wrote on TikTok. “Running all through your home, telling you they know you are lying and they know you’re hiding someone in there, just to find out they’re at the wrong apartment.”
“I’m no cop, but I feel like the first thing I would’ve done is check the apartment number,” Staples continued. “Thank God for my Ring doorbell [camera] or else they were going to bust in.”
The Marshals Service statement also said that if Kada Staples hadn’t “made contact with the team through the Ring doorbell, the team would not have had any contact with anyone” inside her apartment.
This also appears to be contradicted by the video, as Marshals can be seen pointing their weapons at Staples’ door and demanding she come out.
The statement did not include an apology to Staples or her baby.
“They did come back an hour later and said, ‘We just want to explain to you that we saw a black male run upstairs and we thought he came to your apartment, but he didn’t go to your apartment and it turns out it wasn’t the black man we were looking [for],’” she told local reporters at WFTS.
In a follow-up she posted to TikTok after the original video gained thousands of views, Kada Staples said she believed the Marshals were going to enter her home, guns drawn, had she not made contact with them through the doorbell camera first.
“If I would not had seen that they were out there, they were going to bust the door down and come in, and I don’t know what would have happened if wouldn’t have known they were there” she said.