Repo man charged after wielding gun

Mansfield resident jailed after altercation with van owner’s wife.
Jessica Cuffman
Nov 3, 2013


A Mansfield repo man faces an assault charge after an altercation with woman whose van he tried to seize.

At about noon Thursday, Ronald Maddox, 37, warned Huron County deputies he would be in Willard trying to take back a vehicle, Huron County Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.

The job didn’t go as well as he hoped.

“All hell broke loose by the time we got there,” Patrick said.

Maddox found the van, owned by Don Vantu, in the 3300 block of Maple Ridge Road in Willard. He knocked on the door and asked for Vantu. It turned out, Vantu’s wife had been driving the vehicle and was at the residence visiting a friend.

Wanda Vantu, 51, told Maddox he must have been mistaken, that her husband had caught up on the payments on the van. She told him she was going to find her husband and he could follow her. Vantu climbed in the van and started to pull away, but she stopped when Maddox allegedly got in front of her and banged on the hood of the vehicle.

When Maddox walked to her driver’s-side window, Vantu locked the doors and put the vehicle back into drive, Patrick said. Maddox then allegedly pulled out a silver semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at Vantu’s head.

“He said, ‘You stop the van or I’m going to blow your head off,’” Patrick said.

The woman unlocked the van, and a sort of wrestling match ensued. Maddox allegedly grabbed Vantu by the neck and pinned her to the floor of the van. Vantu then grabbed a stun gun device and set it off near his head, but it didn’t touch him. He backed off and deputies arrived.

Maddox admitted he had pulled the weapon, but he said it was in self-defense, Patrick said.

Vantu told deputies she had pain in her groin, where Maddox had kneed her, and she had visible red marks around her neck, Patrick said.

Maddox was charged with assault and aggravated menacing and taken to the Huron County jail, where he posted $10,000 bond Friday and was released.

Law enforcement officers will often respond to a repo situation to keep the peace, but ownership of the property is a civil matter, and such force cannot be used to retain property, Patrick said.

Maddox was a concealed carry permit holder.

His license has since been seized and sent to the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, where it was originally issued.

It may be suspended pending a future court hearing, Patrick said.



Another clueless CCW permit holder!

2cents's picture

He must have slept through the part in class that the permit is for defensive purposes! There goes his permit : 0


Botched repo
Free car

looking around

Ahhhh yes....the wild wild west. I gotta gun and a permit, I can do anything I want and won't have to answer to the law about it cause I took a course and got a CCW! How's that working out for you?


There's one in every kind of crowd. We all know that.

getit right be4...

It is very easy to say all or most CHL permit holders act like this tool. It is also very ignorant.


Unfortunately I'm related to a couple people that act this way!! They think that nothing can touch them and are above the law.

getit right be4...

Sounds like members of Fraternal Order of Police.

See how easy it is to lump a moron to a group of people.

Darwin's choice

It's kinda like some police officers, gun and a badge make you a man....

Good 2 B Me

^^^True Story!

Stop It

He watches all the fake "reality" TV shows too much.


I'm a repossession agent and also a ccw permit holder. I would never pull my weapon unless my life was in danger. Some buy here pay here repo guys have no training.

Kottage Kat

Read the NR for the rest of the story.

Stop It

Who is in jail?