Police: Springfield man attacks tow truck after his car was hauled away twice in one week
SPRINGFIELD -- The way Rodney L. Jones saw it, he was doing the driver a favor by only smashing bottles against his tow truck and slashing its tires.
It could have been much worse, Jones explained minutes after his car had been towed from Colonial Estates Apartments for the second time in a week, according to the arrest report.
"I spared your life," he told the driver.
Arrested later in the day, Jones, 27, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty in Springfield District Court to malicious damage to a motor vehicle and threatening to commit a crime.
The events leading to his arrest began around 5 a.m. on April 29 when someone called police to report that "an unidentified male was threatening to shoot someone and commit murder because someone stole his car," the report said.
The caller was Jones himself, who lives with his mother at the Beacon Circle apartment complex. But his car wasn't stolen -- it had been towed by CJ's Towing for not having a required parking sticker, the report said.
CJ's has a towing contract for the complex and had towed Jones car for the same reason earlier in the week, the report said.
When another CJ's truck showed up a few minutes later on April 29, Jones demanded his car back, then began yelling and threatening to kill the driver, the report said.
After his mother tried to defuse the situation, Jones went back into his apartment and returned armed with two glass bottles. The first one smashed against the cab, leaving a dent; the second landed on the flatbed and shattered, the report said.
Next, he took out a knife and slashed two of the tow truck's tires; both were damaged but neither went flat, the report said.
By the time police arrived, Jones had fled. He was arrested later in the day after calling police to complain that CJ's had not released his car, the report said.
At his arraignment, Judge Patrick Sabbs set bail at $100 cash and ordered Jones to return for a pretrial hearing on May 30.