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TV Bounty Hunter Is Behind Bars

September 15, 2006|From the Associated Press

HONOLULU — Television reality show star Duane "Dog" Chapman and two co-stars were arrested Thursday on charges of illegal detention and conspiracy in connection with their capture of a fugitive in Mexico in 2003.

Chapman, his brother Timothy and son Leland did not resist arrest, said Mark Hanohano, U.S. marshal for the district of Hawaii.

Mona K. Wood, a publicist for the star of the cable series "Dog The Bounty Hunter," said Chapman would be vindicated.

The charges stem from Chapman's capture of Max Factor heir Andrew Luster on June 18, 2003, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, said marshal's spokeswoman Nikki Credic in Washington.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday September 22, 2006 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 28 words Type of Material: Correction
Bounty hunter: In Section A articles Sept. 15-16 about bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman, associate Tim Chapman was referred to as Duane Chapman's brother. He is no relation.

Chapman's capture of Luster, who had fled the U.S. while being tried on charges that he sexually assaulted three women, catapulted the bounty hunter to fame and led to his series on the A&E cable channel.

Luster was convicted of the charges while he was at large.

The three are being held in Honolulu. Bail has not been set. They face a hearing on extradition to Mexico, Credic said.

Charges have been pending against the three since they were arrested after refusing to put Luster in the custody of Mexican police.

The three men posted bail but never returned to Puerto Vallarta for their court hearing on July 15, 2003, Credic said.

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