State Rep. Linda Stewart this week has tried to clarify how her daughter came to live under the same roof as an alleged career criminal — and in a home that the Orlando Democrat owns and federal agents raided on Wednesday.
Stewart said the circumstances surrounding her adult daughter's residence there were not clear cut. She also did not know what her daughter knew about the other people living in the home.
But Stewart stressed that she had been trying to evict the house's growing number of occupants, and had no idea that Darrell Wayne Roby was living there.
"I don't know that guy," said Stewart, referring to the target of the raid who was arrested.
In Orlando federal court, a U.S. Homeland Security Investigations agent said a gun was found under Roby's bed. And in a court record Roby said he bought it from a prostitute.
Roby, who has drug convictions and suspected ties to prostitution, is prohibited from having a gun and was previously arrested for injuring a deputy.
Stewart said she had no idea Roby was living in the home and was not closely monitoring who her daughter, Amanda Endress, was spending time with.
Stewart said Endress had lived at the home for some time, but had moved out after a separation and was "living at my house" with a boyfriend until two or so months ago.
The targeted house, where about 11 people were living at the time of the raid, was rented out for $900 a month to four people in December. Stewart said her daughter's boyfriend had recently moved into the furnished rental property on Barcelona Street in return for much-needed handyman work.
But as unpaid rent piled up there, and a growing number cars appeared outside, Stewart said, she started the eviction process. That included posting a notice on the door two different times, beginning in mid-February, and recently reaching out to a lawyer to take a more aggressive approach, she said.
Stewart said her daughter was "there a lot" over that time. But she did not consider that to be her daughter's permanent or long-term address, and felt that "her residence is at my house."
Orange County Public School officials said that an Amanda L. Stewart — a name under which Endress also appears in other records — is a language arts teacher at Lake Nona High School and has worked in the system since 2003. The address on file at the school district for Amanda L. Stewart is the same one federal agents raided on Barcelona Street.
Election officials say Amanda Endress is registered at the Barcelona Street home. However, in October of 2012, officials sent a signature verification document for her there that was returned, and indicated that "the person no longer lives there," said Election Supervisor Bill Cowles.
Later, on Election Day in November, Endress was flagged for an address issue at the polls, and "she gave an oath that the Barcelona Street address was where she lived," Cowles said.
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