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Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman arrested by U.S. marshals

Mark Niesse
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HONOLULU (AP) – This time, the Dog got bitten.

TV reality star Duane “Dog” Chapman and two co-stars on his bounty hunter show were arrested early Thursday in Hawaii on charges of illegal detention and conspiracy in the alleged kidnapping of a California fugitive three years ago.

Chapman, 53, son Leland Chapman and associate Timothy Chapman were taken into custody by 15 officers and did not resist arrest, said Mark Hanohano, U.S. marshal for the district of Hawaii.



“It went down without incident,” Hanohano said.

Mona K. Wood, a publicist for the star of the popular A&E series “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” said Chapman would be vindicated.



“He arrests the bad guys – and he is definitely not one of them,” she said.

The charges stem from Chapman’s capture of Max Factor heir Andrew Luster on June 18, 2003, in Puerto Villarta, Mexico, said Marshals spokeswoman Nikki Credic in Washington. Bounty hunting is considered a crime in Mexico.

Chapman’s detention of Luster, who had fled California while on trial for drugging and raping three women, catapulted the bounty hunter to fame and led to the reality series on the A&E channel. Luster, who was convicted in absentia, is serving a 124-year prison term.

The three are being held in custody in Honolulu, and bail has not been set. They will face an extradition hearing to Mexico under terms of treaties between the U.S. and Mexico, Credic said.

Chapman’s son Leland, 29, and Tim Chapman, 41, no relation, assist Chapman in exploits chronicled for the weekly TV show around the Hawaiian Islands. The show focuses on Chapman’s family as much as the bounty hunting, which generally involves tracking down bail jumpers, often creating emotional scenes with repentant captives.

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 to Puerto Villarta for their court hearing on July 15, 2003, Credic said.

Mexican authorities demanded that the Chapmans transfer Luster to Mexican police.

A U.S. warrant for their arrest was signed by a federal judge in Honolulu on Wednesday.

The three were to face a hearing later Thursday in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren, Hanohano said. They were to be transported to a federal detention center near the Honolulu airport pending extradition.

“Dog the Bounty Hunter” is the A&E channel’s top-rated show. It is currently in its third season, airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

“A&E supports Dog and his family during this difficult time and is proud of his role in helping to bring a convicted serial rapist to justice,” said A&E spokesman Dan Silberman.

On the Net:

Dog the Bounty Hunter: http://www.aetv.com/dog_the_bounty_hunter/


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