Arrested TV Bounty Hunter Gets Support from Network

Sep 14, 2006 4:45pm

"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," the network said following the arrest of reality show star and bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman today. U.S. Marshals arrested Chapman for extradition to Mexico.  Chapman, his son Leland Blaine Chapman and fellow bounty hunter Tim Chapman (no relation) were arrested in Hawaii this morning, a U.S. Marshals spokesman said. All three face illegal detention and conspiracy charges related to their capture of fugitive rapist and Max Factor heir Andrew Luster in Mexico in 2003.    Mexican prosecutors charged Chapman and his team with criminal association and deprivation of liberty saying they should have informed the police before snagging Chapman on their own. Mexican officials requested help from the U.S. Department of Justice in capturing the three because they failed to appear for a July 14 court hearing in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.  Chapman and his associates were arrested by Mexican police shortly after their 2003 capture of Luster but posted bail and returned to the United States.  A marshals official said the charges are extraditable offenses under an agreement between the U.S. and Mexican government.

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