Thursday, 04 August 2022 13:26

Auto Dealer Shot Dead While Repossessing Loaner Jeep

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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A car theft led to the death of a car dealership owner in Arlington, TX, after he tried to repossess a loaner Jeep Grand Cherokee from a customer.

According to a local news report, 31-year-old Brian Espy bought a BMW sedan in April from Salem Autos in Arlington. He took it back to the dealership for service and was given a Jeep Grand Cherokee as loaner so he could get around.


When the BMW was fixed, Espy's mother picked it up, but Espy didn’t return the loaner. 


On May 16, Salem Autos owner Adel Salem Elhindawi and one of his employees were able to track the missing Jeep to some apartments in Arlington. They drove Elhindawi’s Dodge Charger and took an extra key to go get what was lawfully the company’s property.


The unnamed employee used the extra key to get into the Grand Cherokee and drove the SUV toward the apartment parking lot exit. Espy allegedly walked up to Elhindawi’s Dodge and shot through the driver’s window several times. Then he jumped into a Volkswagen a woman was driving and they drove out of the parking lot.


After that, the dealership employee stopped in the street to call Elhindawi and see if he was OK. Then the VW pulled up, Espy allegedly got out, pointing a gun at the employee and saying he knew the employee worked for Salem Auto. The employee said Espy demanded the keys, so he complied, begged to not be shot and got out of the Jeep.


Using some quick thinking, that employee snapped some photos of the man and woman, which helped police track down Espy as well as 24-year-old Quyanna Massie.


Elhindawi was taken to the hospital but later died. Espy was initially charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated robbery, but Elhindawi’s death means he probably will be facing a murder charge. Massie is facing a count of aggravated robbery.


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