Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman is free. But the man known by many as ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ is only out on bail. He was arrested early Thursday in Hawaii.
Jay Bieber, public affairs officer for the U.S. Marshal’s office in Hawaii, told People Magazine the US government will attempt to extradite Dog, his son Leland, 29, and Timothy Chapman (no relation), 41 to Mexico for alleged crimes there.
“The warrant was based on a formal request based on a diplomatic note from the government of Mexico,” said Bieber, who said the arrest occurred “around 6:30 a.m., (when) seven deputy marshals went to Chapman’s home in Honolulu County.”
The case is three years old.
In 2003, Chapman traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to retrieve Max Factor cosmetics heir Andrew Luster, who was wanted in the U.S. on multiple rape charges. Luster is now in jail, serving a 124-year term.
Bounty hunting is considered a crime in Mexico and they were arrested and the three Chapman’s were jailed in Mexico for a brief time for the incident three years ago. They posted bail and returned to the United States.
Bounty hunting is not a crime in the US, so many believe that the United States is under no obligation to respond to the Mexican government’s request.
Now a petition has been set up online and it reads:
To: USA and Mexican Governments
We, the friends and fans of (Duane) “Dog, the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, son Leland Chapman and associate Tim Chapman, call for the US and Mexican Governments to drops all warrants and charges against this man who does so much to improve our society and rid the streets of criminals.
Dog Chapman and family captured a very dangerous escaped Rapist that was on the run, something that neither the US or Mexican Officials could do.
Dog Chapman, Leland Chapman and Tim Chapman, are the good guys who help our society everyday. We request and demand their freedom.
The petition is here for those that wish to sign it
Orignally found here. Author Jon Shanks