Tow Truck Driver Assaulted During Repossession

Sgt. Terry Preuninger, PIO


Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:57 p.m.


A tow truck driver was assaulted and his truck damaged, when in the middle of a repossession the man from whom they were repossessing the vehicle struck the driver, shoved his way past the other tow company employees and then got into the truck being taken.   He then rammed the tow truck with the vehicle they were there to repossess.

On December 7th, 2020 around 10:00pm SPD officers were dispatched to the 3700 block of W Bismark Ave for the report of an assault.  A tow truck driver called in and stated he was attempting to repossess a vehicle and the owner had threatened to kill him and his coworkers, then the suspect drove his vehicle into the tow truck.

Upon arrival, SPD officers contacted the complainant who stated the following in summary:

He and his fellow employees were at the property to repossess a vehicle.  They were hooking said vehicle up to their tow truck when the suspect, Andrew Perry (37), came out of the garage of the residence carrying an unknown object.  He charged the tow truck drivers while making threatening statements that included “Take my truck and I’ll kill you.”  Perry “body checked” one of the tow truck drivers and began hitting him with the object in his hand.  Perry then forced his way into the driver’s seat of the vehicle being towed and began hitting the tow truck driver with the door of the vehicle.  After that, Perry put the vehicle into reverse and rammed the tow truck, causing significant damage to the tow truck.  After crashing the vehicle, Perry retreated back into the residence.

Perry initially refused SPD commands to exit the house.  However, officers were eventually able to call Perry on the phone and get him to agree to exit the residence.

Due to the injuries sustained by one of the tow truck drivers and the damage to the vehicles, Perry was charged with Assault 3rd Degree, Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree, and Felony Harassment – Threats to Kill.

During the investigation it was also discovered that Perry had a Domestic Violence Order of Protection in place prohibiting him from being inside the residence or having contact with the woman living there.

Perry was transported and booked into Spokane County Jail on the above charges.

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