Martin County Car Crash Leads To Two Arrests
A Martin County fender-bender ended with two men being arrested for extortion, police said.
“I was scared for my life but you can’t show any emotion,” the 32-year-old van driver, who delivers medical supplies, told The Post.
The delivery worker, who asked not to be named, said he was parking a company van on Port Salerno Avenue in Martin County when he accidentally backed into a Hyundai, according to cops.
A nearby 33-year old man, falsely claimed to own the ride and demanded to be paid for the damage without involving insurance companies, cops said. He then called his friend, a 24-year old, who drove up in a Ford Focus and flashed a gun, police said.
“I have a strap, and we don’t play,” the 24-year old growled to the van driver, according to cops.
The thugs then forced the delivery man to call his boss and ask for $700 in cash, supposedly to pay for the dented car, police said.
“I kept my composure. I just kept my mouth shut and told them, ‘You gotta deal with my boss,’” the deliveryman said.
His 29-year-old employer agreed to meet the men and give them money at a bank on West 72nd Street in Hobe Sound but then quickly called police.
When the criminals arrived at the bank with the delivery guy in tow, police were waiting.
The Ford driver hit the gas and slammed into an apartment building on West 71st Street. Both the 33-year old man and the 24-year old were arrested on charges of extortion.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident involving a van, which ultimately, resulted in injuries. We wish the victim a speedy recovery and hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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