Police: Duo threatens tow truck driver repossessing vehicle

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Two people are facing charges after police say they threatened and tried to stop a tow truck driver assigned to repossess a vehicle.

According to Utica Police, a tow truck driver was at a residence on Brayton Park Place in Utica on Monday morning, trying to locate the owner of a vehicle he was assigned to repossess. The tow truck driver loaded the vehicle onto his truck when police say the owner, Danielle Gary, 22, of Utica, appeared from inside the house, and began to yell at the driver.

Police say she then jumped on top of the lift and refused to the driver leave.

Darnell Pete, 17, then threatened to get a gun and shoot the driver, police said, before he took a shovel and struck the windshield of the tow truck twice, shattering it. The driver then called police, who responded and said Gary refused to cooperate.

When officers placed her into custody, they say Pete appeared from inside the house and was taken into custody.

Gary was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and obstructing governmental administration while Pete was charged with third-degree criminal mischief.

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