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January 11, 2014

Man allegedly threatens repo man with gun, bat

No arrest after man allegedly threatens tow driver with gun, bat

DERRY — A car repossession led to chaos yesterday morning at 11L Matthew Drive. But police released minimal information at the end of the day yesterday.

Police said a man threatened the driver of a Recovery Solutions tow truck with a handgun and a baseball bat just before 5:30 yesterday morning.

No arrests were made and no names were released by police.

Police did not return repeated phone calls about the incident, but issued a written press release after 5 p.m.

The tow truck driver told police he had backed his truck into the driveway after arriving at the home. As he prepared to hook up the vehicle to his truck, a man came out of the home with a handgun and threatened to shoot the driver in the head if he did not leave the property, police said.

Police said the driver told them that a woman then appeared in the doorway with a baseball bat. The tow driver said the man told him he would “beat his head in” with the bat.

As the driver continued to try to repossess the vehicle, the man stood in front of his tow truck to block him. The woman then jumped into the vehicle he was trying to tow and attempted to drive off with the vehicle being repossessed.

A neighbor said the commotion woke him up early yesterday morning. He said he witnessed a pickup truck driving away from the scene.

Police were at the house for at least six hours after the incident. At least six police vehicles, including the Derry Crime Scene unit, were parked in front of the house.

Officers initiated a criminal threat investigation and attempted to speak with the residents of the home.

Derry police then received warrants to search the vehicles and the home. It was unclear what they were searching for or if they found anything.

The neighbor said police were prepared to have them evacuate their home, but allowed them to stay after the man cooperated with police. The neighbor said there have been several police incidents at that home in the past.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

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