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Posted at 10:43 a.m., Thursday, September 14, 2006

‘Dog’ Chapman arrested over 2003 Mexico case

Advertiser Staff and News Services

TV reality star Duane "Dog" Chapman and two co-stars on his show were arrested early today in Hawaii on charges of illegal detention and conspiracy in an alleged kidnapping three years ago in Mexico, according to the U.S. Marshals office in Hawai'i.

Chapman, his son Leland Chapman and associate Timothy Chapman were taken into custody by U.S. Marshals this morning, said marshals spokeswoman Nikki Credic in Washington.

Two teams of U.S. marshals arrested the Chapmans at two homes in Hawai'i Kai and Waialae. Leland Chapman was arrested at 7:10 a.m. at his Wilhelmina Rise home. The Dog and Timothy Chapman were arrested at 6:20 a.m. without incident, according to the marshal's service.

Mona K. Wood, a publicist for the star of the popular A&E series "Dog the Bounty Hunter," said Chapman would be "vindicated."

"He arrests the bad guys — and he is definitely not one of them," she said.

The charges stem from Chapman's capture of Max Factor heir Andrew Luster on June 18, 2003, in Puerto Villarta, Mexico.

Chapman's capture of Luster — an alleged serial rapist — catapulted the bounty hunter to fame and led to the reality series on the A&E channel.

The three are being held in custody in Honolulu, and bail has not been set. They will face an extradition hearing under terms of treaties between the United States and Mexico, Credic said.

Charges have been pending against the three since local police in Mexico arrested them shortly after they captured Luster. They posted bail but never returned to Puerto Villarta for their court hearing on July 15, 2003.

A U.S. warrant for their arrest was signed by a federal judge in Honolulu on Sept. 13, 2006.