Mt. Clemens , MI – April 8, 2015 – A Mt. Clemens man was arrested after he allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at an unnamed Repo Man and ordered him to “drop the car” during its repossession according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Howard K. McSwain, 63, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm in Monday’s incident. He was arraigned Tuesday in 41B District Court in Clinton Township and released on a $10,000 personal bond.
Police report that a 31-year-old Kingston Repo Man had a valid repossession order to repossess a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban from an address on Washington Street. Upon arrival, he went to the door and spoke to McSwain, the vehicle’s owner, who asked him to wait outside.
As the Repo Man removed the license plate from the vehicle, McSwain came out of the house with a handgun, pointed at the man’s face and ordered him to “drop the car,” the sheriff’s office said.
The unnamed Repo Man began wrestling with McSwain and took away the gun. McSwain went to his house, then got into a different vehicle and fled, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Repo Man called the sheriff’s office and turned over to the deputies a black, 7-shot Burgo .32-caliber revolver that he claimed he had taken off McSwain. Deputies made phone contact with McSwain and asked him to return to the scene.
McSwain returned with his hands up, Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke said, and was treated for a minor injury. Because of an undisclosed, unrelated medical condition, he was taken to an area hospital for treatment. He was treated, then taken to the county jail, the sheriff’s office said.
The Repo Man was not hurt, Michalke said. He said the gun was loaded.
McSwain does not have a concealed pistol license and has an extensive criminal history dating to 1969, Michalke said.