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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Man Charged With Attempted Murder In Philly Tow Feud

Here's an update on the uproar in Philly from The Philadelphia Inquirer: 

The son of the owner of a North Philadelphia towing firm was charged Friday with attempted murder in the shooting of a driver from a rival company in a war between wreck chasers. Jose LaTorre Jr., 40, surrendered to East Detectives Thursday night after being on the run for four days. Besides attempted murder, he was charged with aggravated assault, weapons offenses, terroristic threats, and simple assault in the wounding Monday of a driver from the rival Mystical Complete Auto Service at a car crash scene. Officials said LaTorre arrived at the scene in his Cadillac Escalade and claimed the tow for his family's J & Son's Auto Body. A dispute ensued when a the Mystical driver showed up in a tow truck. LaTorre, of the 5700 block of Vandike Street, shot the driver in the thigh and fled, police said.  - Troy Graham

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