Woman threatens repo man with knife, steals tow truck

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A repo man attempting to recover a vehicle Monday night got a little more than he bargained for when a woman pulled a knife on him and drove away in his tow truck.

According to the Richland County Sheriff's Department, an employee of Big Foot Recovery was in the process of repossessing a Jeep Grand Cherokee from an apartment complex on Firelane Road when he encountered an unhappy female.

The unidentified woman approached the 6' 250 pound repo man with a knife and told him to leave her car alone. The victim, 35, told the woman that he was there to repossess her vehicle because she hadn't been paying for it.

The woman, according to the report, then cut the tow truck straps which were holding the Jeep. As the victim ran toward the truck, the woman turned the knife on him and got into the tow truck and drove off, according to investigators.

As she was leaving the parking lot, the Jeep rolled off the truck and came to a stop in the roadway. The victim secured it and moved it off the road.

After a brief search, deputies found the tow truck about a half mile away at a car wash at 7333 Parklane Rd. The truck sustained approximately $30K in damages because the boom arm had been dragged across the pavement, investigators said.

A description of the suspect was not immediately available, but deputies say she is still on the run.

If you know anything about this incident, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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