Dog the Bounty Hunter doesn’t have a license to seize fugitives in Florida and will doubtlessly face kidnapping fees if he did handle to monitor down and detain Brian Laundrie, an expert bondsman informed The Post on Friday.
Duane “Dog” Chapman, 68, is presently in Florida — alongside hordes of regulation enforcement officers — attempting to find Gabby Petito’s fugitive boyfriend.
Despite the TV persona’s extensively publicized manhunt for Laundrie, Florida has strict legal guidelines in place for individuals who need to go after fugitives.
According to on-line data, Chapman doesn’t have the bail agent license that’s required in the state.
This means it could possibly be dangerous for Chapman to personally attempt to catch Laundrie, in accordance to skilled bondsman Mike Harrison.
“I don’t think he’s personally going to put handcuffs on anyone because that’d be kidnapping and false imprisonment,” Harrison, who runs Harrison Bail Bonds and is vp of the Florida Bail Agents Association, informed The Post.
“If he finds him, he’s going to have to call law enforcement.”
It is against the law in Florida for folks to signify themselves as “bounty hunters” after the time period was faraway from state laws again in 2007.
“There’s no such thing as a bounty hunter in Florida. You have to be a licensed bail agent, which he’s not. Or a law enforcement officer, which he is not,” Harrison stated.
“Obviously Dog is using this to help himself with publicity. He’s been doing this for a long time. He’s very good at what he does.”
Harrison added: “He’s strictly here looking for the guy and hoping to draw some attention.”
Chapman has by no means been a licensed bail agent in Florida, in accordance to Harrison and on-line data, as a result of anybody with a felony felony historical past is prohibited from having such a license underneath state regulation.
In 1976, Chapman was convicted of first-degree homicide and sentenced to 5 years in a Texas jail. He had been ready in a getaway automotive when he fatally shot a 69-year-old man in a battle over marijuana.
Chapman’s spokesperson informed The Post the bounty hunter continues to be “covered to apprehend multiple ways” if he got here throughout Laundrie.
“There is a warrant for Brian. Any citizen who sees him can detain him and turn him over,” the spokesperson stated.
“There also are licensed people working with Dog and also off-duty police.”
The TV persona has been documenting his manhunt for Laundrie on his social media and even arrange his personal tip line that he says has resulted in greater than 2,000 calls.
Chapman additionally revealed this week he’d turned over proof to authorities that he believes may show Laundrie is in Florida’s Fort De Soto Park.
Laundrie has been lacking since Sept. 14, in accordance to his mother and father, and has been the topic of an enormous manhunt ever since.
He is being hunted for questioning in Petito’s disappearance and dying after her physique was found in Wyoming on Sept. 19 — almost three weeks after Laundrie returned to the couple’s Florida house with out her following a street journey.