A man in Compton jumped onto the back of a tow truck repossessing his car on Monday and bashed in the rear windows with a crow bar, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The incident happened in the 17600 block of South Santa Fe Avenue at around 10 a.m., the department said. The man riding and hitting the tow truck and the truck’s driver were both detained, questioned and later released, according to a sheriff’s news release.
However, there’s a possibility the man who jumped onto the truck could face vandalism charges, officials said.
The truck was towing away a repossessed car when the registered owner noticed it being taken away and started yelling at the truck’s driver, the release stated . The driver then identified himself and explained he needed to take the car.
But that’s when the car’s owner showed “aggressive behavior,” and the driver became afraid for his safety and got into the truck and tried to leave, according to the release.
However, as video shows, the altercation did not end there.
The car’s owner somehow got onto the back of the tow truck and started bashing in the rear windows with a crow bar, shattering them, the department said.
Video on Facebook — taken from a vehicle driving behind the tow truck — shows a man on the back of the truck as it drives away with a car dragging on the back.
The front end of a red-colored car can be seen scraping against the road, with some sparks flying as it is dragged away by the truck. Later, the car sways from side to side as parts of it nearly fall off.
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Throughout the wreckage-carrying ride, a man is still seen standing on the back of the truck. He can be seen in the video leaning forward, holding onto the hood as it keeps driving.
Meanwhile, the driver of the tow truck saw two vehicles following him “at a high rate of speed,” according to the Sheriff’s Department. He tried losing them as he drove away.