America's Favorite Bounty Hunter Jailed

On September 15, 2006, Duane (aka Dog) Chapman, his son Leland, and his blood-brother Tim Chapman were all arrested in Honolulu, Hawaii on charges of the illegal bounty hunting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico of Max Factor Heir, Andrew Luster. Chapman's capture of Luster, who had fled the country during his trial on charges he raped three women, catapulted the 53-year-old bounty hunter and his family who are also bounty hunters, to fame and led to the highly rated reality series on cable's A&E channel that airs on Tuesday nights. Luster is now serving a 124-year prison term.

Bounty hunting is considered a crime in Mexico, and charges have been pending against the three since local police in Mexico arrested them shortly after they roped in Luster. They posted bail but never returned for their court hearing in July 2003, officials said. On Thursday, September 15, 2006, the trio was arrested in Honolulu, Hawaii and on Friday, September 16, 2006, the trio were released with electronic monitoring devices and forbidden to carry firearms, and had to turn in their passports. They are not considered flight risks and they must return to trial for extradition hearings to Mexico.

No word has been released on when the hearing for extradition is set.

Dog, The Bounty Hunter shows the bounty hunting Chapman Family at work and at play. Duane's wife, Beth, two of his sons, Duane Lee and Leland, and his blood-brother Timothy, (aka Young Blood) plus their nephew Justin are all featured in the A&E show. Also the non-bounty hunting children of Duane and Beth are featured to soften the side of the man that has to be the most prolific reformed gang member that spent time in a Texas jail for accessory to murder.

Back in 1977, Duane (Dog) was convicted of accessory to murder and sentenced to five years in Texas. But since then, he has turned his life around and became a bounty hunter. The majority of his captures on the show get a "pep talk" that is mostly made of advice and trying to get the criminal to see where they went wrong and what they could do to make their lives and the lives of their family better.

But what he hunts his "fugitives" for, he, himself, has become guilty of. Not showing up for a court date. How will this play out for the Television star? We will have to wait to see.


Published on September 18, 2006 in