Fla Man Accused Of Predatory Towing At Gay Fest

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man they say illegally towed cars during Orlando’s 2014 Gay Days celebration.

Orange County Sheriffs deputies arrested 45 year-old Jason Combs for towing more than 100 vehicles between June 5 and June 9. The annual festivities draw tens of thousands to the area. The arrest came after numerous complaints that Combs’ ASAP Towing company targeted victims based on their sexual orientation.

Authorities say ASAP Towing made some $16,000 towing the cars but lacked permission to do so. Combs’ attorney said Saturday his client denied the charges. He said Combs had a contract to tow vehicles parked illegally. Investigators are also looking into collusion with cab companies who lined up to take stranded drivers to the tow lot. Combs faces 29 counts of grand theft auto.

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