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Squatter picked up teen girl at grocery store

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A new affidavit obtained by the Channel 4 I-Team reveals a man charged with harboring runaway girls picked up a 17-year-old girl at a grocery store and invited her to stay with him in a foreclosed property.

It's the latest development in a Channel 4 I-Team investigation into a man accused of squatting in a foreclosed house and later resulted in an arrest and the discovery of two runaway girls.

Ashley King, 50, of Nashville, was arrested and charged with two counts of harboring a runaway child. Now, Metro sex crimes detectives are also investigating.

King has been the subject of an ongoing Channel 4 I-Team investigation that showed how after the owner of 1909 28th Avenue North died, the home went into foreclosure and King had moved in.

The Channel 4 I-Team documented King living in the foreclosed home and how he was clashing with his neighbors.

On July 24, the Channel 4 I-Team went to the house to try again interview King to ask him about a judge's ruling that proved he didn't own or rent the home.

When we arrived, we found two women who appeared to be teenagers outside the home hanging out clothes.

When one of the teenage girls saw our camera, she said, "I can't be on the news."

King's voice could be heard from inside the house, telling the other girl to come into the house.

Police took out an arrest warrant, citing the Channel 4 I-Team's video and reporting as evidence that King should be charged with harboring a runaway child.

At 6:45 a.m. Thursday, detectives arrived at the foreclosed home with the warrant, but again no one answered.

Officers with the north precinct flex unit them arrived in the afternoon to make another attempt to serve the warrant and were surprised with the other girl captured in our video answered the door.

The girl admitted to police that she was only 17 years old.

"And from their investigation, they found that she was a missing juvenile from Mt. Juliet," said Metro Police Det. Shawn Rohweder.

Rohweder said police were stunned with King then arrived at the house to pick up the girl.

"He ended up showing up at that location to pick that juvenile up, and we took him into custody," Rohweder said.

In an affidavit, obtained by the Channel 4 I-Team, the 17-year-old runaway told police she met King at a Kroger near Cheatham Place.

The girl said she told King she got "put out" of her house, and King offered for her to come stay with him at the foreclosed property.

It's unclear how Khloe Bryant, the other runaway still missing, ended up there as well.

"What is his intention with these girls that he's harboring, allowing them to stay at a place that he doesn't even own," said Angela Bryant, Bryant's legal guardian.

We also now know how police got King to return to the house Thursday. According to the affidavit, police arrived and the girl answered the door. She said King wasn't home, so she then texted him. King came back to the house, and police were waiting.

A bonding company paid for King's bail Friday morning. He is scheduled to appear in court next month.

As King was brought into the criminal justice center, he refused to answer Finley's questions about what he was doing with the girls and why a 50-year-old man would be with young teenage girls.

"It's scary because I'm wondering what he has these teenage girls doing, and why he has them at his house," Bryant said.

King is charged with two counts of harboring a runaway child.

The Channel 4 I-Team is not identifying the 17-year-old because of her age.

King didn't give us or police any details, asking for a lawyer soon after he was arrested. He then bonded out of jail Friday morning.

Police said they have not been able to find Khloe Bryant, and are asking for the public's help in locating her.

"We are very concerned about her safety," Angela Bryant said.

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