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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJanuary 18 - January 24, 2017
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Man Shoots at Tow Truck

A Pauline, S.C., man was arrested after Spartanburg County Sheriff's deputies say he fired shots at a repo agent who was repossessing a car.

Deputies were called to a residence just before 11 p.m. on Jan. 3. A man says his wife's car was repossessed because she was late on payments.

A repo agent was sent to the home to recover the car.

The man said his wife and sons were unloading items from the car when the agent began to drive away.

The man claims one of his boys ran after the truck, fell and the driver drove over his leg intentionally.

The father and Evan Collins got into a van and started following the tow truck until there was a confrontation in front of another home. A man living at that residence says he saw the tow truck blocked in by the van and when he attempted to leave, someone shot five times at the truck.

The homeowner says he grabbed a shotgun and insists he fired three times in the air to scare everyone involved away from his property.

Evan Collins was charged with assault and battery by the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. The judge didn't find probable cause against the agent because the man who was injured admitted he fell while running. The agent insisted to deputies he didn't realize he had run over the man's leg.


Colo. Man Charged [b]After Firing Shot

A repossession gone wrong ended with a Loveland, Colo., man facing four misdemeanor charges after he allegedly fired a shot while a tow truck driver took his vehicle, unaware that a three-year-old was in the back seat, according to information from the Loveland Police Department.

Andrew Reed, 29, was arrested Dec. 29 for suspicion of prohibited use of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, disorderly conduct and negligent child abuse, then released with a summons to appear in court, according to police records.

About 9 p.m. Thursday, Reed parked his car at a gas station. While Reed was out of the vehicle, a repo agent who tracked it via electronic means pulled up, hooked up the vehicle and drove off, according to police. However, the agent had no idea that a 3-year-old child was sitting in the back seat.

Reed ran after the vehicle, reportedly calling police to say it had been stolen with a child inside.

Meanwhile, the repo agent stopped around the corner to make sure the vehicle was secure and noticed the child inside. The agent reportedly asked another bystander to let Reed, who was now outside the bar, know where he was parked with the child, who was not injured, police said.

Sometime while all this was going on, Reed allegedly fired a warning shot, which led to the disorderly conduct charge, according to reports from police.

Police, who responded to reports of a shot fired as well as of the stolen car, sorted out what happened and arrested only Reed. They said he did have a weapon in his pocket; but did not have a concealed weapons permit, and charged Reed with unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon.


Repo Agent Threatened [b]with Gun

A repo agent declined to prosecute an armed man who threatened him during an attempted repossession.

According to a police report, the agent was trying to repossess a vehicle in Evans, Ga., on Jan. 5 when the owner stepped out of the residence with a gun and demanded the driver take the vehicle off the truck. The driver removed the vehicle, left and contacted police.

Police stopped Michael Primus, who was found leaving the area in the vehicle. Primus said the weapon was a pellet gun and showed it to officers.
The agent later signed a waiver of prosecution for the charge of terroristic acts and threats.


Prosecutors: Ohio Business Stole Vehicles

A West Chester, Ohio, woman, her two daughters and two other men were indicted Dec. 28 on a total of 79 felony charges in connection to a scheme involving the woman's repossession business stealing vehicles, according to court documents.

Virginia Kidd, 44, is facing 21 felony charges including multiple counts of theft, forgery, tampering with records and defrauding creditors. Her 21-year-old daughter, Regan Kidd, is facing 21 similar charges.

Virginia Kidd's 27-year-old daughter, Destiney Kidd, was indicted on eight felony charges including the same charges as her mother and violation of certificate motor vehicle title law.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office said that banks and creditors would contact Virginia Kidd's business to repossess vehicles from people who had failed to make payments.

Investigators claim the group would repossess the vehicles then submit forged and faked documents to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to obtain titles to the vehicles in their own names.

The group would then contact the banks and creditors and fabricate stories about why the vehicles could not be returned, according to the prosecutor's office.

Liroi Kennedy, 43, of College Hill has also been indicted in the case. He has been charged with 16 felony charges, multiple counts of theft, forgery, tampering with records and defrauding creditors. Elinor Anderson of Decatur, Ga., has been indicted with 11 similar charges.

The prosecutor's office said an investigation into the group was launched after the bureau of motor vehicles noticed problems with paperwork they had filed.


Fla. Man Arrested After [b]Shooting at Agent

Authorities say Melbourne, Fla., police responded to a report of the occupants in a vehicle shooting at another vehicle at around 4:50 a.m. on Dec. 31 near an apartment complex.

According to police, the suspect, identified as 48-year-old Kevin Claybourne, reportedly then chased the victim from the apartments for roughly eight miles.

During the chase, Claybourne fired multiple shots at the victim who was driving a silver Dodge Ram truck. Both vehicles were stopped by police and at least one bullet hole was discovered in the victim's truck.

Further investigation revealed the victim had just conducted a lawful repossession of Claybourne's truck, and Claybourne was trying to prevent him from taking it.

A 9mm handgun was also recovered from the suspect's vehicle.

Claybourne has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, shooting into an occupied vehicle and fleeing and eluding police.


Man Drags Car [b]Away from Agents

A Grant County, Wis., man was arrested recently after threatening repossession agents and dragging the repossessed car away from them, officials said.

Grant County sheriff's deputies received a call Dec. 21 around 4:30 p.m. from Easton Motors of Wisconsin Dells asking for help with the repossession of a vehicle in Castle Rock Township, according to a release. The callers said a business owner was causing a disturbance with the repossession agents.

Deputies found a 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo in the middle of County Road G at Witek Road, officials said.

The two repossession agents repossessed the Monte Carlo in Iowa and were repossessing another vehicle from the Castle Rock Township location when 32-year-old John Gillingham of Muscoda threatened the two agents, according to the release.

When the repossession agents left the location and stopped to attach the second vehicle to a tow truck, Gillingham connected the Monte Carlo to his Ford truck and dragged the car to the middle of County Road G, deputies said. The Monte Carlo had flat spots on the tires due to Gillingham dragging the car while it was in park.

Gillingham was arrested on tentative charges of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.

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