Police investigate two unusual attempts at debt collection

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Police are investigating two separate altercations, one involving a dispute and threat over a disputed reimbursement for beautician services.

A 24-year-old Boardman woman told police she was visiting a friend on South Heights earlier this week and decided to go for a ride with one male friend. She said she noticed they were being followed as they traveled through the South Side.

The couple stopped in the area of Glenwood Avenue and High Street, and the woman who had been following them in a white sport utility vehicle got out of the vehicle and came up to the victim demanding money. The victim told police the woman wanted a $40 refund on the beautician services she had performed several days earlier. The irate woman said she was not happy with the hairstyle.

The dissatisfied customer pulled the beautician from her car and began punching and kicking the woman while she was on the ground. At some point during the altercation, the attacker sprayed pepper spray in the beautician’s face.

The beautician told police the woman attempted to run her over, but she was able to scramble back to her own vehicle. She told officers she does not remember what happened next, but she made it home, and her husband took her to the hospital.

Police noted eye irritation and other indications on the victim consistent with being beaten and sprayed with pepper spray.

The victim could not provide police with the attacker’s name, and the woman has not been arrested.

Another assault being investigated by police has nothing do with hair care, but instead involves the attempted repossession of a vehicle that one man claims has not been fully paid for.

The victim in this situation, a 20-year-old Youngstown woman, also was driving earlier this week when she noticed a car riding close to the rear of her bumper. The woman said the tailgating driver rammed her car from behind when she reached Oak Street Extension on the East Side.

The woman told police she accelerated to get away from the other car, making a left turn onto Walnut Street and into the parking lot of the Choffin Career and Technical Center. After the victim parked, the woman driving the second car jumped out and began yelling.

“Come on now, we need to get it on now, we need to get that car,” the woman reportedly said.

The victim told police the woman was upset about a 1997 Buick LeSabre purchased from the woman by a third party and given to the victim. The victim said the other woman claims the full purchase price for the car was never paid.

No arrests were made in the altercation.

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