Tow Company Owner Arrested After Allegedly Targeting Gay Days Visitors
Jason Combs, the owner of an Orange County towing company, ASAP Towing, has been arrested and is facing grand theft charges after allegedly targeting drivers that were parked near Gay Days events in June.
The Sheriff's Office said Combs illegally towed cars from a lot on International Drive across from the DoubleTree hotel. It was the site of the annual Gay Days celebration that took place between June 5 and June 9.
"He had no authority to tow vehicles from that property during the time he took those people's cars," said Cpl. Rick Schmeltzer with the Sheriff's Office.
Investigators said ASAP Towing is a "predatory" tow company and Combs targeted dozens of people because of their sexual orientation.
"A lot of customers were angry they were getting their cars towed illegally," Schmeltzer said. "Some of them felt they were intimidated because of their sexual orientation."
According to deputies, Combs did not have a contract to do towing at the lot. He's facing nearly 100 grand theft auto charges and is being held on a $51,000 bond at the Orange County Jail.
Thoughts, Instincters? Should Combs be charged with a hate crime?