Juan A. Barquero, 57, is accused of attempted felony murder among other charges after allegedly firing seven shots at men trying to repossess his Mercedes Benz
A Florida man has been charged with attempted felony murder for opening fire at repo men after they mistakenly tried to tow his Mercedes.Â
Juan A. Barquero, 57, allegedly shot at the two men who were repossessing his 2010 Mercedes Benz E350 from his home in Southwest Ranches, Florida, onÂ Thursday at about 1am, the South Florida Sun SentinelÂ reported.Â
He is charged with attempted felony murder, aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony and firing a missile into an occupied vehicle, records show.
During Barquero’s court appearance on Saturday, his lawyer claimed that Barquero’s car wasn’t supposed to be repossessed.
As a result, Barquero didn’t know his car was being repossessed when the two repo men broke through the gated fence surrounding his home and hooked up his car to their tow truck.Â
Police said in their report that Barquero, armed with a handgun, and a second man exited Barquero’s home and confronted the repo men, demanding that they drop the car.Â
During the incident, police said Barquero approached the repo men and demanded, at gunpoint, they release his black Mercedes Benz, which was already hooked up to the tow truck
When the repo men declined to release the car, Barquero allegedly fired seven bullets at them, six of which shattered the tow truck’s rear window
Barquero’s seventh bullet was said to have hit his own Mercedes Benz (pictured)
The tow truck driver (shown) said that he felt ‘the heat of the bullet’ as it whizzed past his neck
The repo men then supposedly identified themselves as being employees of Gryphon Recovery, a Miami-based asset recovery firm, and showed their credentials to Barquero and his friend, before stating that a bank had instructed them to take his car.Â
Police wrote in their report that Barquero supposed said ‘he did not care,’ pointed his gun at the repo men and told them to release his car.
As the men drove off, Barquero allegedly fired seven shots at the tow truck, one of which hit his own Mercedes, while the other six shattered the truck’s rear window.Â
The driver of the tow truck. who is not being named, told NBC 6 that he felt one of the gunshots go behind his neck and that he felt ‘the heat of the bullet.’Â
The repo men stopped their car a short distance away and called police. Neither of them were said to have been injured during the incident.Â
Police caught up with Barquero later in the day on Thursday during a traffic stop. He was driving a white Mercedes.Â Â
He was said to have been carrying a concealed weapons permit at the time, although no firearms were found in the car. A search of his property was said to have uncovered multiple guns and accessories, as well as seven 9mm bullet casingsÂ outside his home. Authorities did not find a 9mm gun, however.Â Â
During his court appearance, the judge failed to buy Barquero’s lawyer’s claim that the shooting was just a misunderstanding, the Sun Sentinel reported.Â
The judge noted that the crime was ‘punishable by life’ in prison and stated that the allegations included the fact that one of Barquero’s shots hit the driver’s side headrest, which indicated that there was probable cause for the charges against Barquero.Â
Barquero is being held without bond.Â Â
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