Michael Robidoux, the well respected owner of Central Mass Towing, was killed in June after a drunk driver without a license crossed double yellow lines on Route 20 in Auburn while trying to flee a police stop. The killer had taken shots of Hennessy and should’ve been locked up from a plethora of previous charges, but was kept out of jail by a series of lenient, activist judges.
DeJesus Amaro is arraigned in Central District Court on charges including motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation. He is accused of causing a crash that killed Michael Robidoux of #Auburn Thursday. @telegramdotcom pic.twitter.com/JFkoJ8j7a0
— Rick Cinclair (@RickCinclair) June 7, 2019
Robidoux was a well liked, and well respected business owner. However, tows in Auburn all go to one of their competitors, Direnzo Towing out of Millbury, so they got the call to have Mr. Robidoux’s car towed. Now Direnzo is charging Central Mass Towing $16,342 to get their deceased father’s car back.
This model of health and fitness is John Direnzo Jr, the owner of Direnzo Towing.
While I understand that he’s running a business, Direnzo is one of the most profitable towing companies in the area, thanks in large part to an unregulated towing industry and Direnzo’s political connections with elected officials and the police. Far be it for me to suggest that he should just wave the absurd storage fee, since it’s not my business and I have no right to make such demands. But their competitor is dead, and they’re basically holding his car hostage, which they only want back for sentimental reasons. There’s business, and then there’s being a douchebag. This is the latter.
Just to review:
- After Michael Robidoux was killed Direnzo Towing towed the car because Direnzo has used its political connections to create a virtual monopoly on the towing racket in Worcester County after Pat’s Towing went full mafioso
- The Robidoux family was unable to get the car back because the police told them it was under investigation
- Direnzo Towing charged them $150 a day for storage, racking up a bill of over $14K just in storage fees, even though the Robidoux family didn’t have the option of getting the car out earlier
- The police allegedly told the Robidoux family that it’s not a big deal because insurance would cover it, which sounds a lot like state sanctioned insurance fraud to me
The OP is correct about Direnzo’s political connections, as he’s been on our radar for quite sometime. We just haven’t had quite enough to work with until now.
In May Fox 25 News did a story on this that briefly outlined the relationship between Direnzo Towing and State Police Captain Robert Johnson out of the Holden Barracks. The same barracks where two state troopers were ordered to cover up the arrest report of Judge Tim Bibaud’s daughter Alli Bibaud in 2017. If you’ll recall, Captain Johnson was involved in the coverup but somehow skated free, probably because people above him on the food chain fell on the sword for him.
Documents released to the Boston Herald showed Capt. Robert Johnson sent a text message to Major Susan Anderson 36 minutes after the initial report of a car crash. Trooper Ryan Sceviour, one of Kesten’s two clients, found a “groggy” Alli Bibaud. Johnson’s text to Anderson noted that Alli Bibaud is the daughter of Judge Timothy Bibaud.
When a car needs a tow on a highway in Central Mass there’s no competitive bidding process for which company gets the call. It’s completely left up to the discretion of the trooper, or his or her bosses. Coincidentally Captain Johnson, who oversees the Holden barracks, just so happens to be good friends with John Direnzo.
And here’s Captain Johnson on a vacation with Direnzo’s father.
Here’s Direnzo Jr. and Johnson eating out at dinner with Public Safety Secretary Tom Turco at what appears to (I will correct this if I’m wrong) the 111 Chophouse in Worcester (or possibly Via), where Eastern Mass rejects go to rub elbows and spend a lot of money on steak, while convincing themselves that they’re not Central Mass townies.
That picture was taken immediately after a fundraiser that the Statewide Towing Association held for Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito. Direnzo just so happens to be the vice president of the STA, and Direnzo is the most used tow company by far out of the Holden barracks by the MSP. It’s the second most used company out of the Millbury barracks.
What a coincidence.
While I was writing this blog I got a call from a friend who Direnzo reached out to, and Direnzo had asked him if we could hold off on this story because he says he plans on making this right with the Robidoux family on Tuesday. He claims that he had no knowledge of this bill.
Sorry John, that’s not how this works. You’re the captain of the ship, and ultimately you are responsible for the actions of your employees.
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