September 16, 2006 11:02 PM by Joe Blackmon
Dog, Leland and Tim Chapman were taken into custody by U.S. Marshals early Thursday morning in connection with charges stemming from their 2003 arrest of convicted serial rapist, Andrew Luster. Andrew Luster, the famed heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune, was convicted of drugging and raping three women over a four year span. During his trial in 2003, Luster fled the country to Mexico.
In June 2003, Dog and his team tracked the fugitive Luster in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where he was living under an alias, and arrested him. As bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico, Dog, Tim and Leland were arrested by the Mexican authorities and Luster was handed over to the United States government by the Mexicans. He was subsequently found guilty and is currently serving a 124 year prison sentence. After being released on bail, Dog, his family and team, returned to Hawaii and to their lives as bounty hunters.
Thursday at 6:00am, U.S. Marshals stormed Dog’s home and took him into custody. They then did the same to Leland and Tim. The three are being held in Honolulu where they will face an extradition hearing to Mexico. There will be a hearing in Hawaii today at 3:00pm local time. At that point we will have more details to share with you.
Dog, Leland and Tim were all released on Friday night on bail, as the judge concluded they are not flight risks. While out on bail, they will be required to remain in the state and wear electronic monitoring devices until they return to court for extradition hearings to face trial in Mexico. No date has been set for those hearings, and we will continue to update you as more details become available.
Hear Dog and Beth tell the full story in their own words on Tuesday at 10PM/ET exclusively on A&E’s original presentation – DOG: THE FAMILY SPEAKS. The special features post-release interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the trying ordeal. Additionally, tune in to NBC’s Today Show on Monday morning to see Dog and Beth interviewed live by Matt Lauer.