Tow truck driver's family: He felt threatened, was defending himself in shooting driver
Posted November 25, 2019 2:57 p.m. EST
Updated November 25, 2019 5:27 p.m. EST
Durham — The family of 24-year-old Brandon Ayscue wants the world to know that he was only defending himself in an encounter early Friday with a driver. Ayscue, who works for Unlimited Recovery, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and second-degree kidnapping. The driver, Bielman Yovany Miranda-Orozco, was seriously injured. Police say Ayscue shot and slashed him when the men clashed as Ayscue tried to tow the Miranda-Orozco's car from a Durham apartment complex.
Unlimited Recovery declined any comment on the situation on Friday and again Monday. This is the second time in two years that an Unlimited driver shot someone.
In April 2017, Taurean Whitfield Sutton, 30, died at WakeMed after being shot in the 6100 block of St. Giles Street. Sutton's car had been towed from a Raleigh apartment complex for having expired tags. Police say Sutton, angry about the loss of his car, jumped into the cab of an Unlimited Recovery tow truck and got into a fight with that driver, who shot him. That case was determined to be self defense, and no charges were filed against the tow truck driver.
Ayscue's grandmother said he is a good person who has never been in trouble before. “His life was threatened. He did what he had to do,“ she told WRAL News.
Clareese Moss says her grandson was overwhelmed at the scene by all of the police officers asking him questions, and he asked for an attorney. In court on Monday, other tow truck drivers came to show their support, something his family says they hope will continue as his case makes its way through the criminal justice system.
Ayscue was released from the Durham jail after posting a $50,000 bond. He got a court-appointed lawyer to help with his defense.