Cops: Dentist beats repo man

His job may be to fix teeth, but one Delaware County dentist has been accused of trying to bust some.

Already federally indicted for allegedly filing false tax returns, Dr. Richard Kaufman, 60, who has a dentistry practice in Newtown Square, now faces assault charges in Glen Mills after he and a buddy beat two men who tried to repossess his car last week, police said.

When two men from Stealth Recovery Repossession Company arrived at Kaufman's house on Ivy Lane in Glen Mills around 11 p.m. Thursday to repossess his car, their knocks at his doors were met with no answer, according to police.

As they were leaving the house, a man, identified by police as Michael Norley, parked their vehicle in and approached them with a metal bar in one hand, according to court documents.

Norley, 56, of West Chester, allegedly struck one of the repo men on his head, face and leg with the metal bar, sending him to the ground and then allegedly hit the other on his head, neck and arm when he tried to stop him.

That's when Kaufman came out of his house with a baseball bat and hit one of the repo men in his chest and head and held him up against his car to stop him from helping his coworker, police said.

When cops arrived, they found the two repo men with "fresh blood" on them and many injuries to their heads, necks and arms, according to court documents.

Both Kaufman and Norley were charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. Their relationship wasn't immediately clear from court documents.

Kaufman was federally indicted last month for allegedly not filing a legitimate tax return since the early 1990s. Calls to his home and business today were not immediately returned.