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Tow Truck Operator Arrested in Targeting LGBT Drivers

Posted on: July 30, 2014

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Jason Combs, 45, accused of “predatory towing” tactics.

A tow truck operator in Florida was arrested this weekend after illegally towing cars in Orlando. Not only was he illegally towing, but the operator was also specifically targeting LGBT cars during Gay Days in Orlando. Jason Combs, 45, towed over 100 cars between June 5-9th. Combs’ attorney was not responding to email or phone messages this weekend.

During the event, Combs allegedly would send others to watch the area for cars to tow. He is now faced with 29 counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle and other charges. Combs is the owner of ASAP Towing and did not have an up-to-date contract to even tow vehicles or have proper signs to tell motorists that the lot was a tow-away zone.

“With many of these people, their cars were towed within 5, 10 15 minutes [of parking],” Cpl. Rick Schmeltzer said according to the Sentinel. “This was total predator towing. There’s really no other word for it.” The cars were towed from the Westwood Town Center across the street from the Gay Days host hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton.

Now Schmeltzer is also claiming the tow company targeted cars at Gay Days events last year. Those whose cars were towed had to take a cab ride to the towing company and were charged $165 cash to get their cars, including a $40 “gate fee,” which isn’t permitted under Florida law, the complaint says. The law was also broken because Combs towed the cars more than 10 miles away from their locations, which is against Florida law.

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