A Fresno mom is sharing a terrifying story after a tow driver towed her car away with her 5-year-old child asleep inside.
“I’ve never heard of anything like this,” said mom, Latonya Sweet. “I’m just trying to figure out the reasoning for all of this was. Just in shock. Still till this moment like wondering a whole bunch of questions.”
Sweet was pulling into her complex on North Polk Avenue around 8:30 Thursday morning when she noticed a truck from West Coast Towing behind her.
She pulled under this tree like she always does so she can lift open her garage. She never went inside her apartment. That’s when she says the driver made his move.
“During that time, the brief moment there, the tow truck pulled up on the side of me and said, ‘That’s illegal parking,'” Sweet added.
She says she explained to him what she was doing.
“I’m not sure the reasoning for his aggression or his approach but my reasoning was not suffice enough for him,” Sweet explained.
Sweet says she opened her garage and he then quickly hooked up her car as she stood there. She says she told him her 5-year-old daughter was asleep in the backseat.
“I just began like yelling, ‘My daughter. You’re kidnapping my daughter. Like what is wrong with you? Did you not understand that my daughter is in the car and I live here, like I’m not trespassing. I’m not doing anything wrong,'” Sweet said. “So after him taking pictures of the perimeter of my car, he got back in his car and right before he shut the door he said, ‘Just as I thought, there’s no one in this car and he put the pedal to the metal and he zoomed out.'”
Sweet also added, “I’m trying to plea out my guts to him to get him to stop so I can get my daughter back.”
She was able to flag down nearby police officers. They caught the tow driver not far from Sweet’s home.
“When they contacted the tow driver, the tow driver indicated he had no idea that the child was in the car,” said Sgt. John Romo of the Fresno Police Department.
“The police woke me up and I was so scared and I cried and I wanted my mommy,” said Sweet’s daughter, Jasmine.
Sweet got her car and daughter back.
“Mommy was crying and ran to me in the crosswalk,” Jasmine added. “I’m okay but I’m alive.”
“I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” Sweet concluded.
Police add the tow driver was released but he could face a possible child endangerment charge.
We reached out to West Coast Towing for comment but have not yet heard back.