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"Dog" Chapman Arrested, Faces Extradition

9/14/2006 3:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Duane MSNBC's Rita Cosby is reporting that Duane Dog Chapman, star of the A&E reality series "Dog the Bounty Hunter," and two members of his bounty hunting team (including his son) were arrested by U.S. officials today for extradition to Mexico. Cosby is reporting that Mexican government officials wanted the three men sent back there in relation to a three-year-old case.

In 2003, Chapman traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to retrieve Max Factor cosmetics heir Andrew Luster, who was wanted in the U.S. on rape charges. Luster is now in jail, serving a 124-year term. The Chapmans were jailed in Mexico for a brief time for the incident three years ago. Bounty hunting is considered a crime in Mexico.

Dog's wife, Beth Chapman, said 12 armed marshals "came through the door" at 6:00AM this morning. She said they took their daughter's boyfriend down at gunpoint. Dog was sleeping at the time.

TMZ spoke with Nicky Credic from the U.S. Marshals Office. She said, "The arrest warrant was signed by a U.S. magistrate in Hawaii on September 13. The warrant was based on a formal request based on a diplomatic note from the government of Mexico."

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ed    

ya know i'm not sure where this country is heading.we extradite these guys to mexico where he removed a dangerous illegal alian from their midst and they are treated like criminals ,but when pres.bush signs a bill to fence along the mexican border to keep illegal aliens from jumping our borders soon to be ex mexican pres fox says he'll sue,what kind of crap is this. we get nothing from that country execpt gardners and day laborers ....KEEP THEM HERE THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!

2807 days ago
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Clint    

Nighthunter

Truth is the truth I didnt use fear and threat of violence to Rob People and I wasnt the muscle at a murder scene. I didnt betray my wedding vows 4 going on 5 times. Dont direct your anger at me and if you are going to do a conversation then do it dont attempt to insult -it just cheapens what you are trying to say. I know you can articulate I saw your boards that you yourself have broken your own rules you have posted there. Also you might want to review the new federal cyber harassment laws. You wouldnt want someone kicking down your door with the name of a Federal Agency on their badges would you.

Clint

2807 days ago
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John    

This just shows that Max Factors money has bought the Mexican Officials!!! This is the gratitude Dogs Family gets for getting That rapist scum off the streets!! Dog I know the lord will not let you or your family down! keep the faith as I will keep you in my prayers!

2802 days ago
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Pedro    

I do not agree with the extradition of Mr. Chapman. He is a great worker and if he arrested a criminal he should not be judge for that.

2799 days ago
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tim    

This´s great he broke the law and he must paid for it.

No one is above the law

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 Vallarta for their court hearing on July 15, 2003,

Mexican authorities demanded that the Chapmans transfer Luster to Mexican police. Their refusal to do so led to their initial arrest.

Bounty hunting is considered a crime in Mexico. Mexican prosecutors maintained that Luster's capture violated their sovereignty.

i hope he spend 8 years on jail

2799 days ago
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Matt    

Dog is an example of the moral and ethical decay of america and is an example of the idiocy of the born again christian movement. that clown should be locked up. trust god bra.

2796 days ago
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reenie    

Time to put your racists comments to bed and just remember that the Dog is doing great justice cleaning up the streets of filth, weather it be here in the US or in Mexico. I hope all works out in the end for Dog and his crew. We love you Dog.

2794 days ago
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Jon Faulds (Liverpool, UK)    

Hi all,

Well I am from the UK and I think this stinks! We all have our views on how each nation reacts and does things but I think people having ill feeling toward America in this case can only be seen as wrong. Dog was doing his job - what he does best - and doing it better than local law enforcement. The Mexican govt really needs to bear in mind that their own goons couldnt catch this b*stard so a guy who had been in the business for years was the best man for it! It doesnt matter where he came from, what he believes or what he looks like - none of that matters! The fact is - he made the streets safer for all of us by putting that rapist away and now he is being punished. The law in Mexico doesnt allow for bounty hunting thats for sure but I am certain that in this case that a little more discretion should have been used before slamming Dog for doing the right thing. Laws aside.....he did what any human would do if they could.....bring a disrespectful, unlawful and inhumane b*stard to justice!

I fear for the future as to whether Dog will continue his fight for the right. If this is how he is treated - he may think twice! I know I would. Sad will be the day when that happens - God help us all!

Peace out

Jon.

2794 days ago
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Edmund A. Geswein    

The U.S. govt. should be ashamed if they let this extradition of Dog take place. This is totally unpatriatic. What kind of country hands over its own law abiding citizens to another country? The USA has no reason to bow down to Mexico. Dog was only doing his job and should be rewarded rather than punished.

2794 days ago
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Kay    

I love how he catches a rapist, then he goes to jail.

Shows you how messed up the justice system is... in both countries.

2875 days ago
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JPsDollRenee1    

You know what , it does not matter if you like Dog's wife or not, the fact of the matter is He got a rapist that was convicted back where he belonged, IN JAIL. So why now after 3 years does the mexican government feel the need to arrest Dog?????? I can tell ya, the max factor heir's family has paid the mexican president to do this, money is talking here folks , wake up and smell the coffee!!!!!

2875 days ago
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STFU    

That's horrible. Mexico should thank God there are people like Dog who will go after brutal rapists, instead of just leaving them on the street to rape women. Obviously the Mexican government was going to protect its citizens from this Andrew Luster. What a shame.

2875 days ago
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Jay    

That sucks. The Luster fellow the dog as chasing was/in scum.

Poor Dog, hope it all works out.

2875 days ago
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kathryn    

Dog is an awesome guy. This just shows how jacked up Mexico is. A shame. You keep it up Dog!

2875 days ago
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fred    

WHY DONT WE SHUT OUR BORDERS ON THESE S***S UNTIL HE IS RELEASED

2875 days ago
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