St. Cloud, FL – July 1, 2015 – A Repo Man claims a St. Cloud police sergeant attacked him when he attempted to tow away his vehicle but Police Department concluded that there was probable cause to arrest both men on battery charges, however the State Attorney’s Office will review the case and decide who, if anyone, is at fault. In the meantime, the Cop will remain on the job.
Alex Maldonado said he didn’t know the car he was repossessing Monday night, a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu, belonged to police Sgt. Angel Herrera until a lieutenant told him at the scene.
“He jumped on top of me and I went straight back,” Maldonado said. “I was scared. He could have pulled out a gun.”
He said the sergeant injured his arm so badly that he required a trip to the hospital.
“It’s a legal repossession regardless of where it is. I see the car, I’m going to take it because that’s my job,” Maldonado said.
“He pretty much bum-rushed him from behind, almost like a bear hug from behind, and starting yanking on Alex, you know, which, you don’t do that,” said witness Jonathan Martinez, who is also Maldonado’s brother in law.
Herrera, 40, said he stood between the vehicles as the tow truck backed up and then sat on the hood of his car to prevent it from being towed. Herrera said they pushed each other in a struggle over a towing strap Maldonado tried to wrap around a front tire, records show.
Herrera also said that the tow was bring opposed and the he and Maldonado pushed each other with their shoulders in an effort to gain control of a tow strap, documents said.
Maldonado, 36, said Herrera jumped on his back, records show. He eventually unhooked the officer’s car and left it in the parking lot.
The police department filed reports asking the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office to consider charging both men with misdemeanor battery. Police policy requires an internal affairs investigation of the incident.