Dog The Bounty Hunter Is Out Of Jail, But His Problems Aren't Over
By Josh Tyler 2006-09-16 00:00:00
In a strange twist of fate, reality show criminal hunter Dog the Bounty Hunter ended up a jailbird himself. Duane "Dog" Chapman and two of his co-stars were accused of illegal detention and conspiracy in the capture of a fugitive cosmetics company heir Andrew Luster in Mexico on June 18, 2003.
Luster, heir to the Max Factor makeup fortune, fled the country during his trial for the charge of raping three women. He's a pretty bad dude. Dog's capture of him was what first launched him into stardom and reality television on A&E. Luster is now serving 124 years in prison, so what's the problem?
The problem is Mexico, where bounty hunting is considered a crime. Charges against Dog and his co-stars have been in the works since they left the country, but they've simply refused to return. For some bizarre reason, the U.S. has decided to arrest him and extradite him to Mexico… a country which refused to extradite a rapist to the United States, prompting Dog's hunt in the first place.
The whole thing really stinks.
The good news is that for now, Dog and his friends are out of jail on bail. But they're required to wear electronic monitoring devices, and they will be forced to return to court for hearings on whether or not they'll face extradition to Mexico.