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Updated at 6:33 p.m., Friday, September 15, 2006

'Dog' Chapman released on $300,000 bail

By Ken Kobayashi
Advertiser Staff Writer

Duane "Dog" Chapman, star of the television reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter," was released on bail this evening pending extradition proceedings sending him to Mexico to face illegal detention charges.

He left the federal courthouse at about 6:20 p.m.

U. S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled that Chapman could be released on $300,000 bail. Kurren ordered him to remain at home unless he has to leave his house for his business.

Chapman's son Leland and Tim Chapman (no relation), can be freed on $100,000 bail each, Kurren said.

Chapman and the other two were arrested by by U. S. Marshals yesterday morning on a federal extradition warrant signed by a federal judge. They were being held at the Federal Detention Center near Honolulu International Airport.

The three had a hearing yesterday before Kurren, who set another hearing for this afternoon on whether to release the three on bail.

The three are wanted back in Mexico in connection with their 2003 capture Andrew Luster, a Max Factor heir and convicted rapist. Dog Chapman tracked Luster down in Puerto Vallarta. The Chapmans and their camera crew were later arrested on kidnapping charges.

They were released by Mexican authorities on bail, but did not show up at a hearing in the case in Mexico on July 15, 2003.

Reach Ken Kobayashi at kkobayashi@honoluluadvertiser.com

Reach Ken Kobayashi at kkobayashi@honoluluadvertiser.com.