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North Huntingdon couple charged in altercation over car

| Thursday, May 3, 2012, 2:27 p.m.

A North Huntingdon couple faces several charges for allegedly threatening a man who was hired to repossess their 2007 Ford Mustang.

According to the criminal complaint filed by township police, Charles W. Schlegel, 37, and Sonya Schlegel, 36, both of 1390 Second St., Westmoreland City, confronted Vincent Labarbera, of Allegheny Towing and Recovery Inc., who removed their black Mustang from their residence at 3:30 a..m. on June 15.

Police said Sonya Schlegel approached Labarbera while he was lifting the car with his tow truck and informed him that he was taking the wrong car. She allegedly told Labarbera several times that she would "get her .22 gun" if he didn't release her car. Police said Charles Schlegel then got in the Mustang and tried to drive it off the lift of the tow truck.

Labarbera told police he warned Charles Schlegel to stop trying to drive the car off the lift because it would become damaged but he ignored the request and continued to spin the tires. Labarbera said Sonya Schlegel tried to reach into the truck to grab the controller to lower the car, but Labarbera shut off the power, exited the truck and locked it. He then asked a neighbor to call police, the complaint said.

Police said Charles Schlegel eventually got out of the Mustang, but then got into a Bobcat front-end loader and drove it into the side door and fender of the car, causing $1,458 in damage.

Police charged Charles Schlegel with criminal mischief and defrauding secured creditors. Sonya Schlegel was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, defrauding secured creditors and harassment. The couple faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 29 before North Huntingdon District Judge Douglas Weimer.

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