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Texas Repo Man Takes Van With Kids

January 31, 2000

HALTOM CITY, Texas (AP) _ Three men attempting to repossess a minivan were arrested for towing it away with two children still buckled inside.

The youngsters’ father jumped onto the side of the moving tow truck and flagged down a police officer Friday.

The father, his 2-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter were unharmed. Their names were not released.

``They were extremely traumatized by the ordeal,″ Detective Dennis Ochs said.

Ricky Carl Stephens, owner of Roadrunner Auto Recovery, was charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault. Ryan Wade Beene and Jonathan Russell Williams were charged with aggravated kidnapping.

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