Assault charge filed after car repossession dispute

Friday, November 11, 2016

A Saline County man faces two felony charges after allegedly pointing a pistol at a tow truck driver's head and striking him with it.

Landon J. Hartline, 38, was charged with second degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon, after the incident allegedly occurred on 180th road, north of Sweet Springs on Monday, Nov. 7. According to the probable cause statement in the case, the tow truck driver arrived at Hartline's residence to repossess a vehicle and an argument ensued, at which point the driver claims Hartline went into the residence, and returned with the weapon and began screaming at him while pointing the pistol at him.

As the driver attempted to get into his vehicle, according to the statement, Hartline slammed the door of the vehicle into him, then struck him in the side of the head with the pistol.

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.