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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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ca    

So he helps the US government catch this guy and this is how they pay him back by kicking in his door and arresting him. This is so stupid, it is really scary. God help us all than.

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Johnny B    

FUCK MEXICO'S REQUEST!! We don't owe them shit! Lets round up all the illegals and shop them back to Mexico all at once. BASTARDS! Dog has done nothing but help clean the filth up in this country and set an example to others for a drug-free life.

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jen    

DOG, I'M PRAING FOR YA BRO. HOPE EVERYTHING WORKS OUT. THANK FOR GETTING THE RAPEST OF THE STREETS. LOVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. STAY STRONG WE NEED YOU ON OUR STREETS.

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Tracie T    

I can not believe that this country and it's government let million of illegal Immigrants stay in this country, and yet an upstanding American Citizen like Dog gets arrested and possibly extrodited for capturing a rapist pig. Bounty Hunting is illegal in Mexico right! That is what all this is about, well coming into this country without going through the proper channels is illegal. Yet we have millions here and were extraditing an American citizen cause he did a noble thing. OK ! I see!

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Stefanie    

Diego, you must be a terrorist, French, or Iranian et al. He tracked down a convicted rapist and more power to him. The word convicted needs to be underlined. So essentially what you are saying is, to let a convicted rapist go free in another country and put to jail those who are attempting to bring justice to an injustice world just to appease you and all of the other American haters? I find it interesting and indicative of people with your mind set to lash out at us for being upset because he was extradited instead of standing up for him when he brought a convict back to answer for his crimes. The Mexican authorities hardley ever meet our requests. You're talking about a government that has been proven to be malicious and aligned with gangsters/drug lords, etc. I hope you're not my neighbor.

2875 days ago
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steve    

That's really messed up, he's a real genuine guy and provides a great service for this country. My wife loves his show too, and all of his "Dogisms". We should send Mexico a bill for all their illegal's healthcare costs if they're going to arrest Dog for such a trivial offense.

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Texmac    



Send e-mails to the Justice Dept,, the white house, your state reps. "Free the Dog" .....................I can not believe this bull shit.

2875 days ago
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gary    

Why would a magistrate in Hawaii sign the warrant, there is more to this. Oh and Fuck face Fred they are not spics they are mexicans you white trash piece of shit.

2875 days ago
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Teri Kelley    

I think it is bullsh*t that they would even considering handing him over after he caught a rapist. Yes we should respect other goverments but, we should respect the people in this country that try to make it a better place to live for u and me. He does so much good and then to get treated like that, I think our country needs to look at itself again. My prayers are with u Beth and your family. SET DOG FREE!!!!!
They should all be set free. Leland is a hottie too.

2875 days ago
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Lynn    

This is such a crime. What is the Mexican gov. thinking, what about the U.S.gov? This is way too much. The FBI is embarrassed that DOG got the rapist and they did'nt, so the FBI works with the Mexican gov. to screw over the DOG. Is there no limit the the amount of BS that the USA has to take from Mexico? The FBI should be ashamed of themselves. Who cares if the DOG broke Mexico's law, their citizens brake our laws EVERYDAY.

2875 days ago
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Tim    

It is unbelievable that a U.S magistrate would allow this. The U.S justice system must have lots of time to waste. And for the U.S marshals to arrest him to me seems a bit ironic since he did the job they couldnt do when he caught that rich Bas!@%d rapist. I sure am glad I dont live in either of the 2 countries involved.

2875 days ago
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Johnny B    

YOU ROCK STEF!

2875 days ago
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Matt    

Only reason why he was arrested was because he did something the US Government couldn't do...how pathetic is that?

Shut the border to keep anyone going to an from Mexico and you wont have people fleeing to mexico as a safe haven and they dont have to worry about Americans going there to get the criminals they harbor.

Mexican government is just as pathetic...

2875 days ago
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Susan Orr    

This is the most pathetic excuse for justice I've ever heard of. My prayers are with the Chapmans.

2875 days ago
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Jess    

Fight fire with fire, Dog The Bounty Hunter needs to sue the Mexico government for harrassment. Dog deserves a huge medal not jail. Dog got a rapist off the streets. I guess in Mexico they let rapists live like kings. This world is so mess up. I hope in the end justice is serve. May God Bless Dog And His Crew.

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