He robbed the repo man at gunpoint, said Jefferson County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy Christian. The repo man left the car in the middle of a roadway, and it was then hit by an oncoming FedEx truck on Minor Parkway.
It was just after 12:30 a.m. when deputies responded to a report of a traffic accident involving an overturned tractor trailer on Minor Parkway near the Docena community. The truck had been traveling along Minor Parkway when it collided with an unattended Chevrolet Camaro, Christian said.
The truck jackknifed and overturned. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. While deputies were on the scene, the owner of the Camaro returned.
Meanwhile, as deputies were investigating the accident, a 30-year-old man walked in to the Center Point Substation to report that he had been robbed at gunpoint. He told deputies he was a repossession agent and had been in Docena to repossess a white Chevrolet Camaro.
He was successful in picking up the Camaro and drove out of the neighborhood. But as he was driving along Minor Parkway, he was forced to stop by a car that pulled in front of him and blocked his path. A black male suspect got out of the car, Christian said, pointed a gun at him and told him to “drop the car.”
The victim left the Camaro sitting in the road and drove away. The suspect followed him for a short distance. The victim drove to the Center Point Substation to report the robbery.
Christian said the robbery information was relayed to deputies on the scene of the accident. The registered owner of the Camaro was on the scene and matched the description of the robbery suspect. Monroe, of Birmingham, was positively identified as the man who committed the robbery.
Monroe was arrested for first-degree robbery. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $25,000.
“If he wanted the car that bad,” Christian said, “you would think he would just pay the payments.”