Police: Man rammed pickup into tow truck
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:26:45 GMT —
A man whose family owns De Leon Funeral Home in Pharr is out on bond but facing multiple criminal charges.
Pharr police booked 59-year-old Lauro De Leon into the Hidalgo County Jail on Monday.
De Leon is facing two counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle and one count of unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Court records released to Action 4 News show that the incident stems from when De Leon allegedly used his pickup truck to ram a tow truck.
The tow truck driver was allegedly in the parking lot of the funeral home working to tow a vehicle taken from a body shop across the street.
De Leon allegedly got upset and aimed his pickup for the driver while he was operating the levers of the tow truck.
Police said De Leon did not hit the driver but crashed his pickup into the tow truck where the driver's elderly mother was sitting inside the cab.
Pharr police reported finding that De Leon had a handgun laying on top of the passenger seat of his pickup prompting the weapons charge.
De Leon allegedly told police that he didn TMt mean for the accident to happen but that his shoe got stuck on the gas pedal.
The funeral home owner allegedly declined to answer any more questions but allegedly told police that he was tired of tow trucks using his family TMs parking lot.
De Leon was released from custody after posting $15,000 dollars in bonds on Wednesday.
He did not return calls for comment but family members told Action 4 News that he maintains his innocence and is fighting the charges filed against him.