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Police: Man Pulls Gun on Tow Truck Driver Following Parking Violation

No injuries reported.

William Eugene Jones Jr., 36, of Woodbridge | Photo courtesy Arlington County Police Department
William Eugene Jones Jr., 36, of Woodbridge | Photo courtesy Arlington County Police Department

A Woodbridge man was jailed over the weekend after police said he pulled a gun on a tow truck operator near Arlington's Long Branch Creek community.

The driver told investigators that at about 10:43 p.m. Friday he tried to tow a vehicle for a parking permit violation in the 2900 block of South Glebe Road, according to information police released this week.

In the process of towing the vehicle, 36-year-old William Eugene Jones Jr., the car's owner, refused to pay a $25 drop fee and pulled a pistol on the driver, forcing him to release the vehicle, police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck told Patch.

Jones drove off but police found him a short time later.

Jones was arrested and charged with robbery, use of a firearm in committing a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and brandishing and possession of a concealed weapon, according to police.

He was held without bond.

No one was injured.

This isn't the first time recently that a parking dispute turned violent in Arlington.

In December, a woman and two acquaintances were jailed following an incident where a car was being towed and an officer was assaulted.

Hawa Coulibaly January 14, 2014 at 05:29 PM
What a fool! Why in the world did he have to go that far? You can't just park somewhere that requires permit and get violent when being towed! Smh
Nemo January 17, 2014 at 12:37 AM
Years ago I had my car picked up by a tow truck driver in Arlington. He asked for $100 cash or he takes it the lot where it will cost be double to get it back. When I called the company he denied saying that. He became belligerent and got it my face making threats. Let's say if it turned into a fight who are they going to believe me or the guy taking my car? No offense but tow truck drivers are not the most educated or trusting individuals. I would like to see the record of the driver posted in this article. I would also like to see free public parking in Arlington. I paid $15,000 for a parking spot in my building. I think they use all our tax money on hiring more ticket enforcers.

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