A 17-year-old honor student was handcuffed by police after he said that he was attacked at a towing company.
Christian Heath totaled his car recently, but when he went to pick it up, he ran into a problem. His father had just bought the car, and while the title wasn’t in his name, the previous owner had signed the back.
Paul Hubert, who worked at A&W Towing, then took the title to make a copy of it. Heath was on the phone with his father at the time, and his father told him to leave with the title, so he “swiped” the title out of Hubert’s hands.
“He just walked off with it inside, with his copy and my title, so I just swiped it out of his hand,” Heath said. “I didn’t touch him. I made sure not to touch him.”
However, Hubert claimed that Heath attacked him to get the title. “[Heath] grabbed the stuff out of my hand, knocked me down, knocked my glasses off,” Hulbert said. “Then, my friend, who was here, came over and helped me and held the kid down, so we could get our paperwork back.”
What happened next was captured on video, showing two men on the ground with Heath with one man hooking his arm around Heath’s neck.
“I was scared at one point I was going to die,” Heath said.
Heath has claimed that racial slurs were used in the incident, a claim that Hubert denies.
“He didn’t want to do business with me whatsoever,” Heath said. “I think he thought the car was stolen.”
“Anyone who looks at that thing can tell I didn’t say anything to him,” Hulbert said. “It wasn’t racially biased at all. I mean, I didn’t even know he was black. He’s real light-skinned. I thought he was an Indian or Mexican.”
Heath asked his friends to call 911, and the Creek County Sheriff’s Office responded. Heath was put in handcuffs and placed in a patrol car, but he was released later.