Tempe Police: Man arrested after pulling gun on repo men

The man chased the company's tow truck down the street after it took his car.

Tempe Police reported the following incidents Tuesday:

A Tempe man was arrested May 11 on the 1800 block of East Hermosa Drive on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to a police report.

The man called police to report that a tow truck from a repo company tore up his lawn, according to the report. He told police he wanted them to make the company pay to repair his lawn and file a report for criminal damage, the report said.

He also told officers he had pulled a gun on the two repo company employees, but that he put it away when he realized where they were from, police reported.

Officers contacted the employees, who told them the man pointed a gun at them, according to the report. When they told him he had a repossessed vehicle, he responded with "I got my gun," police reported.

One of the employees was in the repossessed vehicle with the door locked as the man tried to open it, according to the report. He then unholstered his gun and pointed it at the car's window, the report said.

The other employee said it looked like the man was going to break the car's window with his gun, according to the report.

He then holstered the gun and allowed the men to leave but later began chasing after them with his gun unholstered again, police reported.

The man was arrested and transported to Tempe City Jail, where he was booked and held.

A Phoenix man was arrested May 11 at South Park Lane and West University Drive on suspicion of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, according to a police report.An officer stopped the man's vehicle because it had a suspended license plate, according to the report.When speaking to the man, the officer smelled unburnt marijuana in his car, police reported. He asked the man if there was anything illegal in the car, and the man replied, "No, not to my knowledge," police reported.

The officer then asked the man to step out of his vehicle and asked if he could search it, and the man responded, "No, I would rather you not go through my personal belongings."

The officer then called a K-9 unit to do a drug sniff on the outside of the vehicle, the report said. The man told the officer that a friend of his and his friend's girlfriend had smoked marijuana in the car the day before and that she had left a multicolored bag that said "Rastafarian" in the glove compartment, according to the report.

He said the car might still smell like marijuana because of that, police reported. When the officer told him it smelled of unburnt marijuana, not burnt marijuana, the man said he didn't have an explanation, according to the report.

The K-9 unit found a multi-colored bag in the glove compartment that contained a polka dot bag and a mason jar both with usable quantities of marijuana, police reported.

The man continued to say that the marijuana belonged to his friend's girlfriend, according to the report.

He was arrested and transported to Tempe City Jail, where he was released pending charges.

Reports compiled by Julia Shumway.

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