Man knocks out tow truck driver; police ask for help identifying the suspect

Aimee Ambrose
York Dispatch

Over the course of about 15 seconds, a man climbed out of a car, sucker-punched a flatbed tow truck driver and left him out cold.

As York City Police investigate the attack, they’ve put out a call for help from the public.

Police released a short video Tuesday with a request for residents to help identify the suspect. The approximately 20-second-long clip, apparently from dashcam video, shows the man stopping the car he’s driving. He pulls alongside the flatbed while the tow truck driver stands next to the truck’s cab in the 100 block of South Penn Street around 8 a.m. Feb. 16.

The two seem to speak, and then as the tow truck driver walks away, the other man leaves his car and confronts him. The driver turns away again, and the man punches him from behind, knocking him into the bed. The driver, with a push from the other man, then falls to the street, apparently unconscious.

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The car's driver, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, walks away and begins to return to his vehicle when the video clip cuts off.

York City police ask the public to help identify the man seen in the black-hooded sweatshirt. The man is accused of assaulting a flatbed truck driver.

Police say anyone with information can leave tips through a variety of sources, including using the Crimewatch app, the YCPD site at, or the police department tip line at 717-849-2204 or 717-846-1234.

— Aimee Ambrose can be reached at or on Twitter at @aimee_TYD.

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