Grand Junction, Colorado – Anthony Ryan, 33, is accused of vehicular eluding, motor vehicle theft, and second-degree assault, among other charges on multiple arrest warrants out of Mesa County.
A repossession employee was attempting to repossess a car at 6:30 a.m. June 22 due to nonpayment on a loan when he was approached by a man who allegedly threatened him, according to the arrest affidavit.
The agent hooked the vehicle by the back wheel and was lifting it from the ground when the man allegedly approached with the car keys, got in the vehicle and drove it off, causing damage to the rear bumper.
The man also threatened him, citing the “Make My Day” law, the affidavit said.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office questioned Ryan about the confrontation. He reportedly said he and the repossession agent argued for a short time before someone drove the vehicle off the tow truck, but he would not say who.
Ryan was charged with motor vehicle theft and was released from the scene as the jail didn’t accept felony property crimes due to COVID-19, according to the arrest affidavit.
Later in the summer [sic], a man was reportedly hit with a crowbar outside a gas station July 25. Security footage at the gas station reportedly showed a man get out of a black vehicle and swing at the victim in the parking lot with an unknown item.
The vehicle in the footage was later associated with Ryan, according to the arrest affidavit.
During an arrest Aug. 6, Ryan allegedly attempted to elude law enforcement for a second time but was Tased as he was attempting to drive his vehicle onto the curb, according to the arrest affidavit.
He was arrested and taken to Mesa County Jail.