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Man arrested for trying to stop tow truck driver with hatchet-like weapon, deputies say

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Deputies say a man is facing serious charges after he tried to prevent a tow truck driver from towing a vehicle last Wednesday.

According to the Stafford County Sheriff's Office, at 12:12 a.m., deputies responded to Cynthias Place in England Run Apartments for a disturbance with a weapon. They say "a tow truck driver was attempting to tow a vehicle parked in a no-parking zone when he was confronted by an angry, intoxicated man."

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Deputies say when the tow truck began to leave, the suspect kicked the boom of the truck and struck the truck window several times with a hatchet-like weapon. The tow truck driver then sped away with the car in tow, however, the boom of the tow truck ripped off the car’s bumper and damaged a headlight.

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27-year-old Jon Pate Jr. was charged with two counts of assault, vandalism and being intoxicated in public. He was held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail on an unsecured bond until sober. Deputies say a hatchet was recovered from Pate’s vehicle.

The tow truck driver and a passenger in his vehicle were not injured in the disturbance.


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