Repo gone wrong

Man pulls handgun and tells local woman he would 'blow her head off' if she didn't give him the keys; she answers with her stun gun.
Scott Seitz
Nov 3, 2013

A Mansfield man is facing a pair of charges after attempting to repossess a vehicle Thursday at a Maple Ridge Road location.

Ronald D. Maddox, 37, was trying to repossess a van owned by a Willard couple, according to Huron County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.

Patrick said Maddox arrived at the Maple Ridge Road residence and encountered a 51-year-old Willard woman who was there visiting her sister.

Patrick said Maddox indicated he was not receiving any cooperation from the woman when trying to seize the vehicle.

Patrick, along with deputies John Vogel and Eric Bardar responded to the scene.

"The woman disputed what Maddox was saying," Patrick said. "The woman said her husband had been making the payments and they were current on the debt.

"The woman indicated she would leave to get her husband so he could show Maddox they were current on their bill," Patrick said. "The woman said Maddox was free to follow her.

"When the woman attempted to leave in the van, Maddox reportedly stopped her and started banging on the hood of the vehicle," he said. "Maddox demanded the keys and told her not to leave the property."

Patrick said things went from bad to worse after that.

"The woman then backed up the vehicle and Maddox approached at the driver's side door," Patrick said. "Maddox pulled out a handgun and told her he would 'blow her head off' if she didn't give him the keys.

"Maddox had a concealed carry permit, but that does not allow him to do that," Patrick said.

Patrick said the woman then parked the van.

"Once she parked the van, Maddox re-holstered the gun, but then began wrestling with her over the keys," he said. "She then pulls out a stun gun and fires it near his (Maddox) head, but did not make contact. She did give him the keys prior to us arriving."

Maddox was arrested and charged with assault and aggravated menacing.

"He did admit he used the handgun to try and get the keys from her while she was in the vehicle," Patrick said.

The woman was not charged.

The handgun was a semi-automatic pistol.

"Maddox did have the paperwork to repossess the van," Patrick said. "But, he certainly was in error in how he used the handgun."

Maddox bonded out of the jail Friday.

"The gun is in evidence," Patrick said. "His concealed carry permit was confiscated and sent to Richland County Sheriff's Office for review of the incident. The permit is now suspended pending the outcome of the court case."

Comments

ThomasJefferson

Guy was definitely wrong...but pay your bills and you wouldn't be in this situation. I have little sympathy for someone not paying what they OWE. If you have a loan on a car, a house, or anything else...it does not belong to you. You have the privilege of using it because you are making payments. If you can't make the payments, find someone to take over the lease, sell it for more than you have left to pay on it, or turn it back in. I am sure it takes quite a while of not making payments for them to repo a vehicle.

Karma Watcher

no it doesnt take a while. again people, know your facts. Maybe they lost their job, but found a new one. And from experience new jobs pay very low. I recently lost a job and now make half of what I did. Hence I am losing my vehicle too. And I've worked since I was legally allowed. Times are tough for some and not others. But remember you will be judged someday too.

Put them on blast

THE COMPANY IS IN FACT ECHO RECOVERY OUT OF NEWARK, HEATH , OHIO AREA..THEY ARE A SPINOFF OF A GREAT MANCARL MOSS WHO KILLED HIMSELF WHO OWNED INTEGRITY...BUT HIS DISLOYAL VICE PRESIDENT BANKRUPTED HIS COMPANY AFTER HE COMMITTED SUICIDE AND WILL HIRE ANY person OFF THE STREETS and call them recovery agents....they are a bunch of hacks who should not be in the industry...spread the word...echo's people have been committing hanus crimes against debtors since they opened....even did business as integrity for a spell while doing business as echo at same time.....any client who deals with echo recovery should re think this through......and this guy should not have had a gun regardless of his job as repo insurance says guns are no no's. So not only is not out of compliance with his companies insurance regulations....he broke the law by using his fire arm as a show of force...good riddance to bad rubbish......

AEversole

I agree with Thomas and trucking..... first of all we were not there, for all we know she could have almost ran him over in the car. And its not robbery when it is his property that he is trying to recover, weather it is his or he is contracted to pick it up. It is a dangerous and frustrating job, and unless you have been there it is hard to symathize. No one repossess a vehicle for being one payment late, it normally takes around 3 to get the ball rolling.

Uputwhatwhere7

It is a robbery when you use a gun. The repo laws are clear.

TheGravyWhisperer

...our OJ certainly found that out the hard way ...lmao

TrollingMotors

Nice 38 year old mohawk

AEversole

She should ve givin up the keys off the get go. If there was an error she would get it worked out. I know that their are alot of laws that protect the consumer from repos and she might just get her vehicle free and clear because of this situation. Even though I feel like there was more to this than she told the police. After he admitted to pulling the pistol, the cops automatically take her side of the story. lesson for all people in the recovery buisness, take a video camera with you so the public and law enforcement can see how people act when they realize what you are their for.. it will help you out of situations like these and people are less likely to assault you when they know they are on camera... I feel for everyone involved and if it really happened exacally like the women is saying, I have a feeling she will have a big smile on her face as soon as she talks to a attorney

lugnut2511

Soooo half of you are saying this is caused by them not making payments? Well let's see here, the lady has claimed they have made all their payments and are up to date. I don't see anyone of you that's blaming this lady taking into consideration that she may be just right!! I hope she is and maybe then it will shut you haters up!

somescrewyname

What amazes me is every screams when someone is on welfare, ok I agree don't make welfare your career, but with the way the job market is, yeah people are going to get behind in bills, and working at McDonalds and Walmart for minimum wage is not going to cover everything. Most people who got laid off were making more than minimum wage and they lived according to what they were making, now they are trying to live on how big of a pay cut? Trying to make it on unemployment or minimum wage just won't cover what people lived on when they had a job.Not everyone is a dead beat, and it's only going to get worse, and before you even say it no I'm not behind in my bills. I was blessed that I had a chance to retire, and made sure before I retired I would be living within my retirement pay......my mother had a saying shyt or get off the pot, which is it everyone is a welfare junky and dead beat who don't want to work, or we do have those in our community who have lost their job, and are struggling to make ends meet. I don't care how you look at it whether they are dead beats or struggling to pay their bills the guy had no right to pull a gun on that person, and threaten to blow their head off.

deertracker

Agreed!

deertraoker

Disagreed

deertraoker

I t-totally misread the headline.. I. Began reading and it started ok but I wasn't very turned on so I re-read the headline and it was not rape gone wrong!

deertracker

May I suggest Hooked on Phonics or in your case Hooked on EBONICS?

ThomasJefferson

@ Lugnut..did you read the article? He had paperwork authorizing for the repossession of the vehicle. He definitely did not have right to pull a gun and threaten..but who knows what really happened...again...pay your bills, and you don't have to worry about it. If you can't afford it-don't buy it. Companies would rather work with you than pay to have a car repo'd, so I doubt this situation happened overnight.

exoticnoise420

Dude. Banks make mistakes. If I made my payment, and it was the banks fault for not processing that payment in time, and then somebody comes on MY property and trys to take MY vehicle. I'll freaking shoot there as$. Would that be just cause? I don't care if its his job or not.. if you make a mistake you pay for it on the job. If it was me he pulled a gun on he would be really hurt or other...

Most Wanted

His job is to repossess the car, not to threaten a woman to do so. That weapon is for self defense. He was not in danger. That's what this story is about. Why don't we quit with the insults to people who may very well be down on their luck and working for half their pay and stick to the story. This guy pulled a weapon on a woman and he was not in any danger. He's a putz. He did not act according to his job description. It doesn't matter what her situation is.

AlterEgo

Well he did end up getting the keys and she was in the wrong for not giving them to him, but he was in the wrong for improper use of the handgun.

KElkins

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Most Wanted

KElkins, your story makes sense. I apologize for my comments. I guess there's two sides to every story. If that's true, I hope everything gets worked out for you.

KElkins

Thank you. I really appreciate that and God bless you.

KElkins

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KElkins

If the Norwalk Reflector continues to remove my comments, the editor WILL be hearing from our lawyer for slandering Ron's name all over this news source. If she can have her "story", then I don't see why I can't have my story heard.

somescrewyname

I'm happy to hear your side of it, but the question does come up, why weren't both Ron and Wanda arrested,because you are right if she was trying to run over him , her van would be considered a deadly weapon.the next question I have to ask is, if she didn't take the van what did she take to go get her husband? and if she could use that vehicle or her feet, why not use them instead of the van to start with?

Kmaddox

To answer your first question, we dont know right off hand. We're thinking its because he didnt see the physical injury to his legs until he was booked in at county and to the other question, she left in a black jeep.

somescrewyname

KEIkins Take the name out of your comments Ron, Wanda and her husbands name. it is saying and I quote " it contained Personal information."Note the article says Willard woman it don't give her name since according to the article she is the victim

KElkins

Thank you! That helps. I just hope they don't remove it again.

KElkins

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Uputwhatwhere7

Now that both sides of the story are heard and if this was indeed the correct version of events as a CCW carrier myself, I probably would have done the exact same thing. A vehicle IS considered a deadly weapon. Good luck to you both in your case.

AlterEgo

Thank you for your side of the story and I apologize if I was a bit harsh. I too have a CCW so I get a little feisty when I see improper use of a firearm. it is not clear if there was an opportunity to flee rather than pull the weapon. If you could clarify that would be great, thanks.

I wish you and your husband luck as your case winds its way through the courts.

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