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“Repo Man” Hurt During Confrontation In McKeesport

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A “repo man” had a close call after the man he was after tried to run him over.

Geoffrey Hyde, 42, of Jefferson Hills is facing charges of aggravated assault and risking a catastrophe.

McKeesport Police say he had a violent confrontation with a man at the Speedway Gas Station on Fifth Avenue in Monday afternoon.

According to court documents, Michael Engle had a valid repossession order for the car that Hyde was driving, a Chevy Impala.

Engle approached Hyde near a gas pump, but Hyde sped up and drove directly towards Engle, who was forced to jump onto the hood of the car.

An officer who observed the incident said Hyde drove recklessly in reverse, and driving in circles, until Engle was thrown from the car.

The officer said Hyde drove with a total disregard for customers who were nearby.

“They took the driver out, put him on the ground, handcuffed him and searched the car under the front seat,” said witness Tom Kamauf. “They tried to talk to the guy, but he wouldn’t listen to them.”

Hyde was jailed on $10,000 straight bond.

Police said Engle was shaken up, but, fortunately, otherwise sustained only abrasions in the confrontation.

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