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Marine Veteran Arrested While Protesting Foreclosure at Freddie Mac Regional Headquarters Downtown

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A marine veteran protesting the foreclosure of his home was arrested today in downtown Los Angeles.Arturo de los Santos, a veteran whose home in Riverside was foreclosed on, was arrested today at Freddie Mac Regional Headquarters in downtown. He stayed in the lobby and refused to leave until Freddie Mac negotiated with him, according to a release from a group that has been working with de los Santos Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. His wife, four children and several protesters were on hand when he was arrested. Police arrested him after they asked him to leave the building.

Last month the former marine "reoccupied" his home in Riverside after he had been booted out by Chase bank. His troubles began, he told ABC 7, when things got slow at his job and he couldn't afford to make his home payments. He renegotiated with Chase and they lowered his payment by $300. But after a few payments, he said the bank stopped taking his money, because his house had been sold. (It's not clear what the status of his house is now.)