Repo man threatened with gun

Repo man threatened with gun
November 20, 2015
By RENEE FOX , Tribune Chronicle
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WARREN - A local repo man said he experienced for the first time the danger associated with his job when he had a gun pulled on him earlier this week.

Airiz Coleman, 38, 2244 Stephens Ave. NW, was arrested at his home Tuesday on charges of aggravated menacing and weapons charges. He was arraigned on the charges Thursday and was released from the Trumbull County Jail on a $35,000 bond, according to court records.

Coleman pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor menacing charge and a not guilty plea was entered automatically for the felony charge of possessing a weapon as a felon. He is due back in Warren Municipal Court Nov. 30.

Coleman is not allowed to possess a firearm because he pleaded guilty in June 2008 to felonious assault and was sentenced to serve three years in prison after he shot a man in Warren during a fight in 2006 and a jury couldn't reach a verdict. He was granted a judicial release January 2010, court records show.

"He had the gun right in my face the entire time," the repo man said. "The hammer was cocked back and his finger was on the trigger. He was ready to shoot."

The repo man, who lives in Warren, asked the Tribune Chronicle to only print his first name, Garry.

Garry said he pulled his tow truck onto the yard when he spotted the Mitsubishi Montero he was there to repossess. The contract came from his client's fraud division, Garry said.

The truck got stuck in the wet grass and he had to call a tow company to wench him out. While he waited, he was talking to a co-worker on a Bluetooth headset when Coleman arrived home, Garry said.

"He immediately went inside and came out holding a little black revolver," Garry said.

Garry said he sat in his truck and Coleman came straight toward him, pointing the gun at his face and yelling at him.

Garry said he asked Coleman repeatedly, "Please don't shoot me."

"My co-worker could hear the whole thing over the Bluetooth set, he told me to hang up and dial 911," Garry said.

During the 911 call, obtained from the Trumbull County 911 Center, Garry can be heard addressing the dispatcher while trying to conceal that he is on the phone.

A man's voice, further from the receiver, can be heard shouting, "If you come back here, it's going to be over... Don't come back here man."

Garry tells dispatch Coleman doesn't believe he has an order to repossess and thinks he disabled the Montero.

He shouts to Coleman, "I swear to God, I am not lying to you... Why won't you believe me?"

"The scariest part was when he told me to get out of the car and stand next to the fence, execution style," Garry said.

He said he stayed in the truck.

"And then his wife showed up," Garry said. "I thought for sure I was going to get shot. I don't imagine I would be here if she hadn't showed up."

The woman, Garry said, begged Coleman to stop, saying their two children would be home soon.

Garry said Coleman kept saying he wasn't an American citizen.

"He is one of those guys who doesn't believe the law applies to him," Garry said.

He said a May's Towing truck arrived to get him out of the grass before police, and Coleman went inside and back out without the gun. The officers arrived about five minutes after he called 911 and the whole incident lasted 10 to 15 minutes, "It seemed like it lasted a lifetime," he said.

According to the police report, the responding officer drew his gun and ordered Coleman, who stood behind the fence, to the ground.

He was handcuffed and did not have the gun on him. The report states the officers asked for a search warrant.

After it was signed by municipal Judge Thomas P. Gysegem, officers searched the house and found a loaded gun with the hammer cocked in the kitchen, the report states.

"I hope there are more charges filed," Garry said. "I don't see how pointing a gun in someone's face is only a misdemeanor, especially when he has a record for similar stuff."

rfox@tribtoday.com
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