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Elkton man charged in assault on repo men

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    ELKTON — A man is facing several charges after he allegedly struck a worker twice with a sport utility vehicle in Elkton early Thursday morning, as the victim and a fellow employee were trying to repossess it, police reported.
    The suspect, Sterling Levi Harris, 25, of Elkton, is charged with two counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and attempted second-degree assault, according to Cecil County District Court records. Harris also is charged with driving with a suspended license, court records show.

    As of Thursday afternoon, Harris remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of a $20,000 bond after a bail review hearing earlier that day, when a district court judge lowered his initial $50,000 bond, according to court records.

    The incident occurred about 1 a.m. in the 100 block of Rolling Road, where two men were attempting to repossess a tan 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee parked in front of a residence on that street, police reported.

    A man later identified as Harris walked out of the residence and asked one of the men why the SUV was about to be towed, police said. After learning the reason, Harris asked if he could first retrieve some belongings from inside the vehicle and received permission, police added.

    When Harris returned moments later with the keys, one of the repossession men was beneath the SUV as he hooked tow chains to the vehicle, according to Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an Elkton Police Department spokesman.

    “(Harris) then jumped into the vehicle, started it up and put the vehicle into reverse, all with (the worker) still under the vehicle,” Zurolo said.

    The other man quickly jumped behind the SUV, in an attempt to prevent Harris from moving backward and potentially injuring the worker under the vehicle, police said. The SUV still went backward, striking the man who had tried to stop the Jeep, but it did not touch the man beneath the vehicle, police added.

    At that point, according to Zurolo, Harris allegedly shifted gears and started driving forward.

    “Harris then put the vehicle in drive and struck the man again, throwing the victim onto the hood of the vehicle,” Zurolo said.

    Meanwhile, the worker who had been under the SUV was able to jump into the tow truck and block Harris, according to Zurolo. Harris then struck a nearby vehicle with the SUV, before driving over a curb and coming to rest in a snow bank and getting his vehicle stuck, Zurolo reported.

    Harris, whose address is listed in court records as the 200 block of Booth Street in Elkton, then ran into the residence in the 100 block of Rolling Road, police said. EPD officers found Harris inside that residence moments later and arrested him there, police added.

    “The victims had minimal injuries and did not wish any medical treatment,” Zurolo said, adding, “The vehicle was able to be successfully repossessed.”

    Harris is scheduled for a Feb. 26 preliminary hearing, court records show.

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    This is a daily event. Most violence against repossession agents are don't make the papers, so what we read here at repo industry is just a smidgen of the true amount of what really happens.