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Repo Man Arrested After Incident Turns Deadly

Oscar Lee Harrison was charged in Houston
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2019 1:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Houston police have arrested a repo man after a vehicle repossession turned deadly on Thursday, Fox News reports. Police say tow truck driver Oscar Lee Harrison, 33, was repossessing an SUV on South Gessner Road when the owner, 68-year-old Alberto Nduli, tried stopping him. "The owner came out and tried to prevent him from taking that vehicle, he jumped on top of it, the wrecker continued down the street," a Houston police commander tells Click2Houston. Nduli's family tells the Houston Chronicle that the driver gunned it. Either way, Nduli hit the street so hard it killed him, and Harrison is accused of leaving the scene.

"By his own admissions ... [the driver] knew there was an altercation," says Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County District Attorney's Office Vehicular Crimes Division. "He knew the owner of the vehicle was there and involved in a crash. Whether or not he knew that individual lost his life really is immaterial as to whether or not there's a failure to stop and render aid charge." Now Nduli's family is grappling with the sudden loss of the Congolese native and father of seven, who came to America about 20 years ago and worked as a security guard. "It's emotional," says Nduli's sister-in-law. "You're sleeping [beside] someone and they go outside to talk with a worker. Now [he's gone] forever." (On a brighter note, another repo man paid off an elderly couple's car.)

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