Trenton bounty hunter stays a step ahead of new bail rules privateofficer.com

 


 — Veteran private eye and bounty hunter Robert Clark is ready for New Jersey’s new bail rules with technology for tracking a suspect’s every move between arrest and appearance in court.
Clark is convinced the answer to jails clogged with non-violent types awaiting trial is letting them out wearing monitoring devices that tell on them if they break release rules set by a bail bondsman or the courts.
He started Offender Management Solutions earlier this year to be on the cutting edge of America’s new ideas for saving incarceration costs while also making sure bailed-out suspects show in court when required.
“The most effective way to get defendants into court is a combination of work by bail bondsmen and electronic monitoring,’’ said Clark.
He clicked a listing on the GPS monitor in his Hamilton office and up came an aerial view of a street: “There, that guy is right where he’s supposed to be now, in drug rehab.’’
Tracking devices made the suspect an arrow that moved from rehab to job to home, as required by the terms of his release on bail.
Clark also put on the screen the 1,000-foot circle around the home of a domestic violence victim and said if her attacker shows in the green area on the map, cops will pounce.
“And the beauty of this is it doesn’t cost the taxpayers anything,’’ said Clark, who already has several bailed-out suspects he’s checking on all the time in a variety of ways, including a cell phone with an app that alerts him if someone goes astray.
The suspects have to pay for his services as well as daily fees for the use of the SCRAM System monitors for tracking suspect movements, as well as alcohol use by those under court order to quit drinking.
One booze device is worn on the hip. Every time it buzzes, the wearer has 20 minutes to blow into the device, which also takes a picture and has face recognition. Another constantly measures for alcohol and drugs by reading ankle sweat and sending the information back to the Big Brother backing their freedom.
GPS to keep convicts, particularly juveniles, under house arrest has been judicial practice for at least 20 years. It is only so effective.
One such device showed a teenager leaving his Trenton house, for instance, and walking to where he’s accused of shooting and killing a gang rival.
Clark said state juvenile authorities were monitoring the teen, Tahj Law, who was 15 when he allegedly killed Devahje Bing, 19, in May 2013. But he noted that authorities did end up with evidence from the device that can be used in court against Law.
Starting out as a bondsman with Trenton’s AAA Bail Bonds 15 years ago, Clark said bondsmen and bounty hunters are vital to New Jersey’s judicial system. If operating effectively and legally, he said, the bondsman pulls together enough cash and assets from a suspect’s family and other backers to protect against a default.
If a client skips bail, Clark and other bondmen will go out as bounty hunters and haul them in. And in the future, with that record of where the suspect went while wearing the monitoring anklet, tracking down a fugitive will be that much easier.
Bail reforms signed into law last week by Gov. Chris Christie cleared the way for judges to keep violent offenders in jail on high or no bail in return for easy or no-cash bail for poor lesser offenders.
Proponents of the new law contend it’s a way to save on the cost of housing suspects awaiting trial — sometimes for years — and helps families by setting breadwinners free to work and pay their bills, including lawyer and bail costs.
Jersey’s new law also is modeled on the federal system, which also is leaning away from locking up non-violent offenders awaiting trial on constitutional grounds.
In a bail hearing on the day Christie signed the new law, defense lawyer John Furlong told a Mercer County Superior Court judge that Jersey courts should set up “pre-trail services’’ sections as in the federal system for pairing suspects with people willing to take responsibility for getting them to court.
One prosecutor scoffed at that idea, saying the federal courts in Jersey handle hundreds of cases per year, while state courts handle thousands.
You’re talking another huge court bureaucracy,’’ said the prosecutor, who noted also that Jersey’s jails are loaded now with non-violent scofflaws who have been locked up repeatedly for failing to show in court.
Whatever the future, high-tech bail bondsmen and bounty hunters like Clark, 47, are likely to be part of it, as Jersey moves away from incarceration and looks for new ways to make sure defendants show for trial.
Far from putting bail bondsmen out of business, as some feared, the new law cleared the way for an expansion of Clark’s Offender Management Services and before long, he said, probably plenty of competitors.
To set up OMS, Clark said it cost him $30,000 in monitoring equipment that he figures to be using for years to come because of crime being like death and taxes.
trentorian.com

Convicted Iowa murderer captured by bounty hunter after fleeing privateofficer.com

 

David Flores back in custodyDES MOINES, Iowa June 2 2014The man convicted of the murder of Phyllis Davis 17 years ago is back in custody after eluding authorities and being wanted for the past eight months.
David Flores walked out of prison a free man after his murder conviction was overturned. But he continued to have confrontations with family members and others and was arrested several times. Last year, a warrant was issued for his arrest for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, but Flores went into hiding.
Des Moines police confirm that a bounty hunter captured Flores a few days ago in Arizona and brought him back to Des Moines. Flores was booked into the Polk County jail at 1:47 Saturday morning.
“It’s good to have him back into custody again,” said Lt. Brent Long of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. “The bondsman, of course, they’ve been tracking him for quite some time and it’s always good to get these things resolved as quickly as possible. And he has been gone for quite some time.”
Flores was initially convicted of the drive-by shooting death of Phyllis Davis, who was leaving her job in downtown Des Moines when a stray bullet hit her while driving near Ninth and University in 1996. He always maintained his innocence and claimed someone else was involved in the rolling gang fight that led to Davis being killed.
After numerous appeals, his case was overturned. Polk County authorities were attempting to re-try Flores on suspicion of first-degree murder last year when they reached a deal for Flores to accept an Alford plea, which means Flores admitted there was enough evidence to convict him but he did not admit his guilt.
The court sentenced Flores to time already served and he walked out of prison a free man.
At the time of his sentencing, Flores told the court, “I’ve been fighting for my freedom for 17 years.”  He also said, “I already lost my 20s and I have already lost half of my 30s and I’m not giving them anymore.”
But Flores’ time as a free man was short-lived. He had several physical confrontations with people which resulted in his arrest on several occasions.
After his girlfriend was assaulted, Flores went into hiding. Des Moines police suspected he had left town.
David Flores’ mother, Diane Flores, said this arrest brings her back to horrible memories.
“I felt terrible,” Diane Flores said. “It’s like going through it all over again.”
Diane Flores said she spoke to her son Sunday morning.
“I said, ‘Why did you run?’ He says, ‘Mama, I was scared when they said imprisonment that’s life in prison,’” Diane Flores said.
Despite David Flores’ criminal history, Diane Flores said she hopes her son receives one more chance. She said he is not the monster that some people think he is.
“I’m not giving up on David, but if he does get another chance, it’s a blessing. But one, two, three strikes you’re out. And that’s the way I feel,” Diane Flores said.
He’s currently in the Polk County jail facing a number of charges, including assault with physical injury, domestic abuse, harassment, false imprisonment, violation of a no-contact order, and failure to appear.
KCCI

Outdated New Orleans system makes it hard for bounty hunters privateofficer.com

 

NEW ORLEANS LA May 15 2014 – Roland Johnson was looking at 20 years or more behind bars as a multiple offender when he skipped town on a New Orleans marijuana distribution charge.
Accused car thief Donald Ferguson missed court, then disappeared back into the shadows as a semi-homeless drifter.
Daniel Ponder, facing 24 counts of possession of child pornography that allegedly included torture scenes, left the state and went deep into hiding, leaving only a sporadic social media trail behind him.
These fugitives had one thing in common, and that thing would ultimately lead to their capture: A modern-day bounty hunter named Matt Dennis.
“We live in a modern technology society. You cannot hide. It’s stupid to try to hide,” said Dennis, who sports a crew cut and old-school blue ink tattoos, but tackles his job like a computer geek.
Dennis, with Steve’s Bail Bonds, is responsible for making sure his clients appear in court after posting bail on their behalf. Most do. But when they skip, he has 180 days to find them. If he doesn’t, he has to fork over their full bond amount to the court.
And no bail agent wants to pay.
“He has to go court. That’s the only thing I’m in this for. If he doesn’t go to court, then I have to make him go to court,” Dennis said.
Unlike the popular depiction of bounty hunters as tattooed tough guys banging down doors, today’s fugitive recovery agents are far more likely to do their work with a laptop and cell phone than a battering ram and handcuffs.
Steve Adams, owner of No. 1 Bail Bonds, said bounty hunting muscle is only as effective as the cutting edge technology that supports it.
“The criminals, as they get smarter doing their thing, hiding out, we have to evolve as well,” Adams said. “We have automated phone services to check on new court dates. We have access to ping phones.”
Dennis recounted how in one recent case involving a fugitive who fled to Michigan, he displayed his technological capabilities to the defendant’s grandmother. She responded by immediately giving up his hiding place.
“It told her, “This is what I’m capable of doing.” Then I started reading to her family members that died 20 years ago. Their addresses. Their kids. Showing her pictures from satellites. Showing her tracking stuff from different electronic devices.”
In New Orleans, however, there apparently are holes in the system making it easier for fugitives to remain on the run.
Local bail bond companies explained that people who skip court aren’t routinely being entered into criminal justice databases as fugitives. There are two such databases. The local court computer system is known as the “motions system.” The national database is known as NCIC, short for National Crime Information Center.
In many cases, New Orleans defendants who miss a court date aren’t being entered into either system, leaving some New Orleans fugitives off of law enforcement radar.
“They’re not putting them into the system. And it makes it tough on us,” Adams said.
Ronald Boutee, a bounty hunter for Blair’s Bail Bonds, said he’s captured many local bail jumpers and taken them to Central Lockup, only to be turned away because nobody entered an attachment or warrant in the computer.
“We’ll bring him over to local authorities and they won’t accept him into the jail, for whatever reason, because he’s not in that system,” Boutee said. “And it causes us more man hours because we have to sit on that defendant in order to meet our obligation to bring him back to court.”
Entering a fugitive into a computer would seem to be a simple task, but there are complicated layers to the process, depending on the court.
In New Orleans Municipal Court, which handles municipal violations and low-level state misdemeanors, there are two types of warrants, known as attachments, according to a court spokesman. One type of attachment lists a defendant as wanted once they skip court. But another type of attachment, called an administrative attachment, does not alert police that a person missed court.
For example, take Natalyia Jones, currently wanted in several theft cases and missed court appearances. She remains free today and, according to the court and New Orleans police, nobody is looking for her.
Dennis said there are untold defendants just like Jones roaming the streets.
“They can be right here in the city of New Orleans, over in Gretna, Metairie,” he said. “When they get pulled over and they run their names, there are no warrants. Not wanted. Not showing that they’re wanted at all.”
In Criminal Court, which handles more serious state charges, judges routinely issue warrants, but those warrants don’t always get entered into NCIC.
The sheriff’s office is responsible for entering fugitive warrants into the local and national crime computers. A spokesman for that office said that is done at the request of either judges, prosecutors or – for a $25 fee – bail bondsmen. But the spokesman did not explain why so many local fugitives are not making it into the system.
“They’re not putting them into the system. And it makes it tough on us,” Adams said.
So how do the truly dangerous bad guys get caught? The ones fleeing felony charges, sometimes crossing state lines and going into hiding?
Enter the bounty hunter. Once the bail bond companies are chasing a fugitive, they almost always pay $25 to get their defendant the NCIC system. That allows bounty hunters to enlist the help of police anywhere in the country. Otherwise, law enforcement has no record that a defendant is on the lam.
“It should be automatic, but it’s not,” Adams said. “We pay a $25 fee for the sheriff’s office to put them in NCIC.”
That’s exactly the process that Dennis used to round up his fugitives. Johnson was hiding out in Texas. Ferguson was caught in Indiana.
And the man accused of possessing child pornography, Daniel Ponder, was tracked through social media by Dennis’ tech-savvy daughter, beating an Internet expert at his own game.
“She tracked that guy from New Orleans to Washington, D.C. to Maine, and knew where he was getting off a bus in North Carolina,” Dennis said. “That just proved to me you can’t mess with these kids when it comes to computers.”
WWLTV

Colorado bounty hunter accused of impersonating a police officer privateofficer.com

 

Still0424_00000ENGLEWOOD CO April 26 2014  – A 36-year-old man accused of impersonating a police officer says he didn’t do it.
Leslie Simpson was arrested April 18 after police received a report that he was identifying himself as an officer on the 3200 block of South Broadway.
Simpson admitted to 9NEWS he had a badge, because he’s a bounty hunter.
“I don’t indicate I’m a cop,” Simpson said.
He admitted he wasn’t perfect.
“Yes, I have an arrest record, when I was younger mostly, I was a habitual traffic offender, I overcame that. I got my driver’s license now,” he said.
Simpson’s criminal history includes burglary, motor vehicle theft and other traffic offenses. But a police impersonator, his most recent charge from Englewood—he claims he’s not.
“I describe it as a misunderstanding,” Simpson said outside of the Arapahoe County courtroom where he appeared Thursday morning. “I would never indicate that I am a police officer, I am a bounty enforcement agent, aka fugitive recovery agent, aka I’m a bounty hunter.”
He says he has pictures to prove it, one of an arrest and another, in a uniform, with a badge.
“I got five biological children, three stepchildren, in between jobs, trying to make it, it’s tough for me,” he said.
Court documents quote two witnesses who tell police Simpson asked them to leave a car dealership, saying they were trespassing. Simpson allegedly told them “I’m a police officer you need to leave now.”
The witnesses described the badge Simpson is accused of showing.
9NEWS reached out to the witnesses. But haven’t heard back.
One of them, Moon Pahlavan, has an extensive criminal history himself. It included assault and multiple traffic arrests.
Simpson is out on a $2,000 dollar bond and is due back in court in June. He’s been ordered to wear an ankle monitor.
9NEWS

Indictments in alleged Wake County NC bail bond scheme privateofficer.com

 

RALEIGH NC Feb 26 2014 – A Wake County grand jury has handed up indictments in an alleged scheme to help bail bondsmen avoid paying forfeited bonds for people who didn’t show up on their court dates.
Two former court clerks and two bondsmen were indicted Tuesday.Kenneth Vernon Golder II and James L. Perkins are charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, accessing a government computer, altering court records, and misdemeanor bond violation. Golder faces an additional charge of misdemeanor unlicensed bail bonding.
Former court clerks Kelvin Lawrence Ballentine and Latoya Tanisha Barnes are charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, accessing a government computer, and altering court records.
Investigators say the money would have gone to Wake County schools, and totaled nearly $1 million.
The SBI has been investigating the case since last August, when Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby requested agents look into it.
When someone is arrested, they often have to post a bond to get out of jail before their trial. They either have to come up with the cash themselves, or they can pay a bail bondsman a non-refundable fee to post the bond for them. If the person later doesn’t show up for court, the bondsman forfeits the full amount of the bond.
But prosecutors allege in Wake County bondsmen paid bribes to avoid paying forfeited bonds. The scheme had apparently been going on for years.
While the criminal cases are being worked by the SBI and DA’s office, Wake County Public Schools attorney Rod Malone told ABC11 he will be working in civil court to recover the money and fines and penalties to the tune of a total of about $1.5 million.
WTVD

Hawaii bounty hunter involved in high-speed chase faces serious charges privateofficer.com

 

Keaukaha HI Jan 23 2014 A bounty hunter has been indicted on numerous charges stemming from what witnesses allegedly told police was a high-speed chase through Keaukaha in September.
The six-count indictment dated Jan. 15 charges 43-year-old Benny William Gordon of Pahoa with first-degree criminal property damage, second-degree reckless endangering and two counts each of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The property damage charge is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, the drug and paraphernalia charges are both Class C felonies punishable by up to five years in prison, and the reckless endangering charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
According to police Capt. Richard Sherlock, the charges stem from an incident on the afternoon of Sept. 4 involving “two vehicles speeding on Andrews Avenue.” “The report is that one of the vehicles ran the other vehicle off the road,” Sherlock said Friday.
“The pickup truck ran the other car, a Honda sedan, into a rock wall and further tried to pin it into the rock wall. “At some point, the Honda got loose and drove to Baker Avenue, where it was run off the road again.” Sherlock said responding officers determined that Gordon was driving the pickup truck and arrested him for reckless endangerment and criminal property damage. Court documents filed by police state the pickup truck driven by Gordon rammed the Honda, driven by 36-year-old Raylad Brown of Hilo, three times.
The documents also say Gordon is employed as a fugitive recovery agent — also known as a skip tracer or bounty hunter — by 4Freedom Bail Bonds. Gordon allegedly told officers that Brown was wanted on a warrant. According to a Sept. 28, 1997, article on Slate.com, bounty hunters, whose powers are derived from the 1972 U.S. Supreme Court case Taylor vs. Taintor, are afforded more latitude than police in their methods of apprehending fugitives.
“They do not need a warrant to search the residence of a skip, even a hotel room,” the article states. “Nor are they required to announce themselves before entering private property, as police officers must. Evidence obtained illegally by bounty hunters can be submitted in court. Like all police officers, bounty hunters are authorized to use ‘all reasonable force’ to apprehend skips.” Sherlock said bounty hunters are not allowed to endanger the public to apprehend a fugitive.
“As to ramming, recklessly endangering anybody, and/or criminal property damage in this case, they’re not given that liberty. They’re definitely allowed to do their jobs within the confines of the law, which everybody else is assumed to follow,” he said.
“We as police officers are not allowed to ram cars off the road or use vehicles in any type of intervention. That’s our policy.” Sherlock said the drug and paraphernalia charges against Gordon were filed after he was searched at the Hilo police station.
“We do what is called an inventory search and we found two crystal glass pipes with white residue and initial tests done were presumptive positive for methamphetamine,” he said. Gordon said Monday Brown “knew that he was wanted by the company I work for, 4Freedom Bail Bonds.” “He saw me and he tried to evade me and run from me,” Gordon said.
“I was following him. I wasn’t endangering nobody. I was just following at a distance. He ended up spinning out on one of the turns in Keaukaha and I tried to block him in so he didn’t endanger anybody else, obviously. He got away from that one and he decided to go and try to get away through the back road, which I tried to cut him off. He proceeded to come head on into me, so I decided to use my vehicle and stop him. I stopped right there in the middle (of the road) and he ran right into it.” Gordon said Brown then fled on foot and Gordon chased him down and apprehended him.
“The bad part of this thing is that I confiscated his pipes and, unfortunately, when the cops came, I had the pipes on me,” he said. “I told the arresting officer, I forget his name, but I told him that they were his (Brown’s), but they didn’t care. … I’m trying to contest (police and prosecutors’ allegations) that the pipes were mine.”
According to court records, Brown has 18 convictions, including four felonies — burglary, theft, promotion of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. Court records also indicate that Gordon has 26 convictions, nine for felonies, including theft, attempted theft, forgery, fraudulent use of a credit card, auto theft, escape and a firearms charge, but none for drugs.
He is, however, facing a firearms charge and felony drug-related charges in another case, including attempted first-degree methamphetamine trafficking, a Class A felony punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment. Those charges were brought by indictment on Nov. 21, 2012.
Prosecutors also charged him with bail jumping by felony information complaint on Oct. 4, 2013. Gordon called the charges “a personal vendetta to see me behind bars” by Jason Skier, a deputy prosecutor, and added that he doesn’t use meth. He described himself as “a public servant.” “I’ve made mistakes in my life,” he said. “But I’ve committed the last two years to apprehending fugitives and that’s all that I do now. … I led a terrible life in the beginning, but I definitely have a higher purpose now.”
West Hawaii Today

New Oklahoma Law Requires Bounty Hunters To Be Licensed privateofficer.com

 

TULSA, Oklahoma – Nov 2 2013

Rounding up criminals could make you a criminal, starting this Friday, if you don’t have a license. It’s a new law many have been fighting to have on the books for years.

Before the law was passed, anyone – even convicted felons – could be bounty hunters.
Many say that was giving their business a bad name.
Lenny Biggers and Salomon Dionicio have been working together for nearly a decade. The two go all over town searching for criminals who’ve jumped bail. Both are hoping the new Bail Enforcement and Licensing law will make people take their jobs more seriously.
“It will weed out the people that do not know the laws,” Dionicio, a bail bondsman, said.
Lenny Biggers, a bounty hunter, said, “We need it bad. This is something that is desperately needed.”
Starting November 1, bounty hunters can’t have anything on their uniform that gives the impression they’re with law enforcement. That means Biggers will have to throw out his shirt that says “fugitive recovery”
“Nothing that says anything about bail enforcement. It will have to be bail enforcer,” Biggers said.
They’ll also have to be licensed through the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, or CLEET.
“There’s a lot of people out there who wake up in the middle of the night after watching ‘Dog’ and say, ‘Hey, I want to be a bounty hunter. This looks like fun,’” Biggers said.
In fact, while we were talking, Dionicio got a call from an amateur wanting to work for him.
Caller: “I’m a bounty hunter and I’m pretty serious about what I do. I want to see if you need help finding her?”
Salomon Dionicio, Bail Bondsman: “Are you certified by law that goes into effect tonight at midnight?”
Dionicio said he gets those calls every day, and most have no idea what law he’s talking about.
“It’s extremely dangerous if you do not know what you’re doing,” Dionicio said.
Even if a bounty hunter has his or her concealed handgun license, they must also get a carrying license through CLEET, or they could face prison time.
NewOn6

Bounty hunters wanted by Fargo police for breaking down wrong door privateofficer.com

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FARGO ND Oct 23 2013 – Bounty hunters chasing criminals in Fargo last month face criminal charges after allegedly lying to police about breaking down the wrong person’s door in a fugitive search.
Five people, including reality TV show star Rene Anthony Charles Greeno of “Southern Bounty Hunter,” were charged Friday in Cass County District Court
The charges come in connection with the bounty hunters’ September search for a man who skipped court. They didn’t find the man, but in early October they found a female wanted by U.S. marshals for skipping a court appearance on drug possession and concealed weapons charges.
Greeno, 27, of Summerville, S.C., is charged with one count of felony Class C criminal trespass, one count of misdemeanor Class A giving false information to law enforcement and one count of misdemeanor Class B criminal mischief.
Tanner James Olson, 21, of West Fargo, Jeremiah John Opheim, 29, of Moorhead, and Brooke Maryelle Starkweather, 20, of Moorhead, face charges of felony Class C criminal trespass and misdemeanor Class A giving false information. Dustin Ray Fredrickson, 25, of Moorhead, faces one charge of Class C felony criminal trespass.
Arrest warrants for all five were issued Friday.
Court documents filed with the cases state that Rebecca Sundeen reported to police Sept. 29 that her Fargo apartment had been broken into, with damage to the front door, but nothing taken.
A neighbor, Nick Meseck, told police he saw three people yelling in the hallway. One of the men kicked in an apartment door, all three people went in and then came out a few minutes later, with one of the men saying, “I thought the address had been confirmed.”
Meseck said the two men and one woman were wearing camouflage clothing, tactical vests and clothing stating “Bounty Hunter.”
Fargo Detective Ryan Nilson contacted Opheim, the owner of Moorhead-based Northern Bounty Fugitive Enforcement. Opheim said he had been looking for someone with the help of Southern Bounty Fugitive Enforcement and the other four people charged.
Opheim, Starkweather and Olson told Nilson they were involved in a downtown search for the male fugitive but denied they were involved with the break-in.
Fredrickson called police and told them he was working for Northern Bounty Fugitive Enforcement, keeping watch outside the apartment to see if anyone ran out.
When he heard the door being kicked in, he joined the others inside the apartment. That was when they realized it was a bad address, he said.
Starkweather also reportedly called police, saying she was involved in covering up the event and wanted to come clean.
Starkweather and Opheim told police they wanted to come clean sooner, but Greeno threatened them if anyone went to jail over the break-in.
Starkweather told police Greeno took the phone out of her hand as they left the scene that day, telling her he’d kill her daughter.
Court documents also state Greeno may have tried to set up someone else to take the fall.
A man claiming to be Kenneth Harris contacted Nilson to tell him he ran a fugitive apprehension company out of Oklahoma, and that he was the person who kicked the door in.
That person was Greeno attempting to divert the investigation, according to a police report filed with the charges.
Documents state Greeno also left multiple voicemail and text messages for Nilson, saying, “Your warrants can’t touch me where I am going,” and, “My family works for the marshal service and I know more people than you think.”
In a subsequent police interview, Greeno said he kicked open the door at Opheim’s request because Opheim heard the fugitive in the apartment. Greeno also told police Opheim’s credibility would be skewed if the case went to a jury trial because Opheim is mentally handicapped.
Greeno was previously quoted in a WDAY-TV story saying his group intended to work with Fargo police to apprehend another fugitive.
Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel said the group was at no time working with his department, and that anyone doing fugitive apprehension work needs to be licensed as a bail bondsman in the state of North Dakota. He said Greeno’s statements were an attempt to legitimize his operation.
Vettel said Fargo police and state officials continue to investigate the case, including allegations Greeno threatened to kill people if they cooperated with police.
“They have caused some concern not only for us but also for other law enforcement agencies around the region, and around the country,” Vettel said.
Vettel said anyone confronted by members of the bounty hunter group should contact the Fargo police immediately.
“I think we’ve made it very clear to them they should not be in the city of Fargo. And if they do, they are making a very serious mistake,” he said.
Vettel said he expected members of the group to turn themselves in voluntarily.
INFORUM

“Lipstick Bounty Hunters” sued by woman who had door kicked in privateofficer.com

 

LOS ANGELES CA Sept 28 2013— The so-called “Lipstick Bounty Hunters” of Orange County are being sued by a Hawthorne woman who claims they kicked down the door of her apartment while looking for her fugitive ex-boyfriend.
Shavonna Sutton, 25, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday on behalf of herself and her seven-year-old daughter, Jayla Smith, according to City News Service.
Sutton claims her daughter was traumatized when the Lipstick Bounty Hunters, founded by twins Lisa and Theresa Golt, burst into her home with bounty hunter Chris Alvarez to apprehend fugitive Ricky Lewis on April 20.
Lewis previously dated Sutton and the bounty hunters claimed they had information that the pair was still together. Sutton, however, claims she hadn’t spoken to Lewis in more than two years.
Alvarez, who led the search for Lewis, previously said his team tried several times to get Sutton to open the door but she refused, giving them the right to break in.
Sutton claims Alvarez detained her while Roni Alicia Faciane, Lisa Golt and Theresa Golt questioned her daughter.
According to legal filings, the women were “armed with pink guns and video cameras” when they entered her residence.
“Ms. Sutton’s and Jayla’s emphatic assurances that they had no knowledge of Lewis’ whereabouts were met with arrogant, demeaning insults and physical violence,” the lawsuit claims.
“In the videos, the bounty hunters are heard trying to extract information from Jayla, while Faciane tells the girl’s mother, ‘No (N-word) is worth that (expletive).’”
Sutton alleges civil rights violations, assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence.
She is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
Faciane has dismissed the lawsuit as “frivolous” and “malicious”, according to CNS, and claims her team was only there to back up Alvarez, who kicked down the door.
The City of Hawthorne is also named in the suit.
CBSLA.com

Bounty hunters at Quince Orchard High guilty of assault www.privateofficer.com

ROCKVILLE, Md. Aug 31 2013

Two bounty hunters have pled guilty to assault after they tried to apprehend a bail jumper at gunpoint on the grounds of a local high school.

It happened last March outside the main entrance of Quince Orchard High School as students were leaving for the day.

An incident so frightening several schools in the area were briefly placed on lockdown.

Before sentencing Jonathan Vargas-Fuentes to three years in jail, all of it suspended, the judge in the case called the man’s conduct outrageous, telling the bounty hunter in so many words he should have known he was on school grounds.

In a video released by the state’s attorney’s office and used as evidence in the case you can see a pickup truck drive up to the main entrance of the school with a gold Taurus trailing close behind.

The video shows the passenger door of the Taurus open and a man’s leg coming out. What you can’t see is what prosecutors say students saw as they were waiting for the bus.

A gun and a man shouting “get out of the car”.

The man in the pickup already had one encounter with the men, knew he was being pursued and headed for the school thinking it was a safe place. He was wanted for jumping bail and failing to appear in court on a drug charge.

Although there is no audio, the students standing nearby saw it all and heard the man screaming “get out of the car”.

As the pickup speeds off the police are called and the men are stopped a short distance away where they claim to be federal agents.

A claim police soon learn is false when they find credentials showing the men to be fugitive recovery agents, or bounty hunters.

Outside the courthouse, Vargas-Fuentes had nothing to say and let his lawyer do the talking.

“From my clients standpoint he was chasing someone who had an active warrant”, said attorney John Pikulski, “he was trying to bring someone back to justice who chose not to appear in court, he was following them, well within his duties, that person entered a school, he is not familiar with the area, he unknowingly entered a school property, they were there for a matter of minutes and when he learned where they were and what was going on they left”.

Witnesses told police when the men drove up to the school they were wearing masks.

Two items police found when they searched the car along with a tazer and a pellet gun.

“Bail bondsmen and recovery agents are an important part of the criminal justice system”, said Ramon Korionoff, spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, “they help keep the cases flowing and the cases coming to court after they have failed to appear but in this particular case they stepped over the line when they brought weapons onto school property and used them as they tried to apprehend an individual”.

Before pleading guilty last week to second degree assault and possessing a gun on school property, Clemente Balsera spent fifty nine days in jail. He too was sentenced to three years, all of it suspended.

Both men continue to work as bounty hunters and their licenses have not been suspended.

source-www.myfoxdc.com

Michigan bounty hunter gets community service on extortion charge www.privateofficer.com

FORT COLLINS CO Dec 18 2012 — A Michigan bounty hunter was sentenced to probation and community service for an extortion charge stemming from his contact with a Loveland man.

Chad Russell Farquhar, 39, stopped in Loveland to arrest a man wanted in Michigan on a misdemeanor traffic warrant while en route to Wyoming to pick up a fugitive for a Jackson, Mich, bail bonds company.

The man and his family alleged that Farquar took him into custody then offered to release him for drugs and money, according to Loveland police reports. Authorities arrested and charged Farquar with kidnapping and extortion.

In a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped the kidnapping charge and Farquhar pleaded guilty to extortion. Friday, Judge Stephen Schapanski sentenced Farquhar to three years probation and 60 hours community service.

Mobile Alabama bounter hunter arrested for posing as police officer www.privateofficer.com

MOBILE, Alabama Dec 7 2012– A bounty hunter with ties to Birmingham pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he targeted people in the criminal justice system in Mobile County, posed as a police officer and then hit them up for money.

Mobile County Circuit Judge James Wood set a Feb. 5 trial date for Eddie James Briskett and appointed attorney William “Cal” Morris to represent him. Morris could not be reached for comment.
The indictment charges Briskett, 48, with impersonating a peace officer, intimidating a witness and two counts of extortion. The most serious charge, extortion, carries a prison sentence of two to 20 years upon conviction. According to law enforcement authorities, Briskett victimized three people in February and March in Mobile and Prichard.
“He would go to their homes, in many cases, and tell them he was a police officer or a bail bondsman, and if they didn’t pay him a certain amount of money, he threatened to put them in jail,” Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Keith Blackwood said. In two of the cases, Blackwood said, Briskett arrived with blue lights on his vehicle and told the victims – who both had pending criminal charges – that he would take them to jail and hold them with no bond. In one case, according to the indictment, Briskett demanded $325 and accepted $85.
In another case, the indictment alleges, he collected $250. “He had handcuffs with him and after they would give him the money, he would write them a receipt,” he said. The witness intimidation charge stems from allegations that Briskett threatened to arrest a woman if she did not sign paperwork to drop charges against a man facing a domestic violence charge.
One of the alleged victims complained, setting off an investigation by the Prichard police and the District Attorney’s Office. Court records indicate that Briskett was living at a residence on Airport Boulevard in Mobile, but he also has listed a Birmingham address in the recent past. Blackwood said the allegations are unusual. “It’s absolutely bizarre,” he said. “I’ve never come across anybody like Eddie Briskett. We will prosecute his behavior to the fullest extent of the law.”
Source:AL.com

Oregon haven for wanted fugitives www.privateofficer.com

Portland Ore Nov 15 2012 Oregon has become a haven for small-time criminals to hide, according to bounty hunters across the border inWashington.
“Big time,” said fugitive recovery agent Dave Chadwick. “There’s nobody to come after them because Oregon is a no-bail state.”
Oregon is one of only four states that prohibits private commercial bounty hunters–called fugitive recovery agents–from capturing criminals wanted for misdemeanor crimes and taking them back to the state with a warrant for their arrest.
Jeremy Hubbard is the president of Washington’s Bail Bondsmen Association. He told Unit 8, “They’re all running to Oregon to hide. You have a warrant problem that’s going rampant right now. “
Compared to the other 46 states that allow private bond companies to put up bail money,Oregon is doing a lousy job at getting suspects to show up in court.
“Forty percent of the people arrested in Oregon do not go to court,” said Hubbard. “But here inWashington, the rate of failure to appear is less than nine percent.”
Hubbard said that big difference is all about the money. In Washington and other bail states, if a defendant doesn’t show up for court within 60 days the private bonding company has to pay the remaining 90 percent of the bond to the state.
It’s that money that entices private bonding companies to go after fugitives with misdemeanor warrants. But if that fugitive flees to Oregon, bounty hunters hired by private bondsmen can do nothing more than ask the fugitive to voluntarily return to the state where they’re wanted.
“In fact, if we were to cuff someone in Oregon that’s wanted for a misdemeanor crime in Washington, the bounty hunter could be arrested for kidnapping,” said bounty hunter Dave Chadwick.
To prove his point, Unit 8 investigators went along with bounty hunters looking to find fugitives hiding out in Oregon to see if they actually would go with the bounty hunters to pay for their crime.
The group found Washington fugitive Brad Dye at a friend’s house in Southeast Portland. Dye is wanted on his third misdemeanor of driving under the influence.
Chadwick told Dye, “I can’t put handcuffs on you right now because it’s a misdemeanor, and you’re in Oregon. If I could, you would already be handcuffed and we’d be going in the car.”
Dye told Chadwick he wanted to make things right, but he had personal things he had to do before turning himself in. He told Chadwick if he returned in three days, he would turn himself in.
But on the third day, not only did Dye fail to turn himself in, a woman living at the house we found him at said Dye didn’t care and kicked Unit 8 off her property.
Fugitive recovery agents say Dye is a good example why Oregon needs to change its law. Currently, individual counties in the state manage bail themselves.
Bondsmen say they could do a better job while saving the state millions of dollars. Law enforcement officials in Oregon agree the state’s system is more expensive and less successful at getting fugitives to appear in court, but most said they do not want private bondsmen.
Clatsop County Prosecuting Attorney Josh Marquis told Unit 8 that when money is the driving force to track down law breakers, the civil rights of the suspects can be compromised.
Marquis said he was around in 1971 when Oregon changed to a no-bail state. He said felons were being hired to track down felons, which led to more laws being broken.
But Washington bondsmen say those days are long gone. Hubble said today bounty hunters have to be licensed and insured, get tested and pass background tests. Though recent attempts to change Oregon’s law have failed, bail bondsmen said they plan to ask legislators to change the law so they can come to Oregon and capture criminals hiding out here.
source-kgw

Bounty hunter charged with false arrest, rape www.privateofficer.com

Morristown TN Oct 4 2012 A jail bondsman is facing charges after he falsely arrested a woman at a Morristown hotel and then raped her.
It happened around 11 p.m. Monday at the Scottish Inns motel at 3515 West Andrew Johnson Highway.
A police report shows that a witness told police that Michael West Rayfield knocked on his motel room door, announced he was a bounty hunter, and threatened to kick down the door if he wasn’t allowed inside.
When Rayfield entered the room, he told a woman inside that he had a warrant out of SevierCounty for the arrest of her brother and that he was taking her into custody for aiding and abetting, the report states.
He also told her he was there to serve a probation warrant out of Sevier County. Police say Rayfield did not have warrants for her arrest.
The woman told police that Rayfield handcuffed her and forced her to pay for another motel room for them both to share along with another man, in place of taking her to jail that evening.
Once inside the room, police said Rayfield told the woman that he would arrest her unless she had sex with him.
The victim told police that she agreed because she was scared and unable to get away from Rayfield.
The Morristown Police Department says the victim was held for five hours until early Tuesday morning. The police report shows that Rayfield also made the victim drive him to a nearby Pilot to buy some items.
Officers found evidence of those items in Rayfield’s room.
Rayfield is charged with extortion, rape and false imprisonment.
He is the owner of Skip and Slip Recovery.
Source:wbir

Owner of bail bond company charged with hiring convicted felon as bounty hunter www.privateofficer.com

 

Kingsport Tenn. Oct 3 2012
Police have charged the owner of a bail bond company with hiring convicted felon Joseph Scott Horne for the mid-August bounty hunter job that ultimately left him dead by his own gun in aBristol mobile home park.
Company owner Ralph B. Hawkins, of the of the Kingsport-based Tri-City Bonding, faces as much as a year in jail if convicted of the misdemeanor charge of hiring a felon to catch someone who has skipped out on bond. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office charged him last week.
Hawkins, 75, also risks losing his bail-bonding licensing because of Horne and a similar hire of a convicted felon last year, court records show.
Horne, 32, died late Aug. 10, when he tried to arrest the wrong man on Madeline Drive in the Brookside Estates mobile home park off of U.S. Highway 421. Horne died as he rolled around on the ground with the man and three shots were fired.
By law, a bail bondsman is a person who both foots the bail money for a defendant hoping to get out of jail and chases him or her down if they skip a court appearance. A bounty hunter is the professional hired by the bondsman to help capture that fugitive.
In Tennessee, convicted felons are banned from working in the bounty hunting business. A qualified bondsman can hire only card-carrying bounty hunters trained by the state. Otherwise, the bondsman, like Hawkins, faces being charged with a Class A misdemeanor.
Hawkins “unlawfully and knowingly” offered Horne $500 for the job, despite felony convictions for credit card theft and probation violations in Bristol, Va., court documents state. A search of Sullivan county court records shows a string of traffic violations and an Aug. 2, 2012, arrest on a charge of driving on a revoked license.
Horne was free on $64,000 bond, footed by Kingsport-based A to Z Bonding when he died, police have confirmed.
“Mr. Hawkins was aware of Mr. Horne’s status as a convicted felon as Tri-City Bonding posted bail for him back in 2001,” states the court motion to pull his bail-bonding certification, filed Aug. 27.
The other hire mentioned in court documents was made in Kingsport on May 24, 2011, and resulted in the convicted felon firing a shotgun into the car of his target. A passenger in the car was injured.
Source:Tri-Cities.com

Virginia bounty hunter shot to death www.privateofficer.com

 

BRISTOL, Tenn. Aug 12 2012

Mike Henegar prayed that the guy on the ground was still alive.

Moments earlier, a pair of gunshots pierced the dull silence of midnight at Brookside Estates mobile home park off of U.S. Highway 421.

Henegar stepped outside and a woman begged to use his cell phone. She dialed 911 but was too hysterical to talk.

That’s when the emergency dispatcher on the line said someone had to check for a pulse. Someone had to see if the man on the ground was still alive.

The man stared unblinking at the sky, his legs twisted, his arms spread in opposite directions with a pistol still clutched in one hand.

“I agreed to do it,” Henegar said of carrying out the dispatcher’s directive. “There was no pulse.”

Bounty hunter Joshua Scott Horne, 32, of Bristol, Tenn., died early Friday of a single shot from his own gun while trying to arrest the wrong person.

Witnesses said Horne ran up to his target, aimed his pistol and yelled that the guy was under arrest. Bristol Tennessee Police said the two men struggled over the weapon and multiple shots were fired.

Police said they are still piecing together the struggle and will let the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office make the call on whether to file charges. Investigators have not named the second person involved in the shooting.

“There’s too many unanswered questions at this point to make a decision on charges,” Capt. Charlie Thomas said.

A private, home-surveillance video obtained by the Bristol Herald Courier shows a pickup truck driving along the mobile home park’s Madeline Drive just minutes after midnight and vanishing from view. Seconds later, Horne, wearing shorts, can be seen sprinting after the truck.

Dogs are heard barking. Then there’s yelling from somewhere outside of the camera’s view and the dogs go quiet.

Suddenly, a gunshot erupts.

A resident then walks past the camera and disappears in the direction of the truck and Horne.

There’s more yelling, and then a final gunshot.

One bullet grazed Horne’s target just under his right eye, police report, and he’s since been treated at Bristol Regional Medical Center and released.

Police did not say where Horne was struck. But witness William Wesley Henson, the resident seen walking in the video, said Horne was shot in the chest.

The struggle began in the cab of the pickup truck, Henson said. Both men, their hands still on the pistol, then fell to the ground and rolled to rear of the pickup before stopping partially under the truck bed.

“The other guy [the target] had his finger on the trigger and rolled the gun around and Boom! Right in [Horne’s] chest,” Henson said.

Brookside Estates residents said they know the target only as Dave, and that he lives on disability because of medical problems with his legs.

Horne, a freelance bounty hunter, was hunting a fugitive for Kingsport-based Tri-City Bonding. A company official refused to field a reporter’s queries said he had spoken to investigators and referred all questions to police.

A search of Bristol, Va., court records shows that Horne had felony convictions for credit card theft and probation violations. A search of Sullivan County court records shows a string of traffic violations and an Aug. 5, 2012, arrest on a charge of driving on a revoked license.

Residents said Horne first scoped out the mobile home for several hours while waiting for his target to come home from work. The bounty hunter had an arrest warrant with him and showed a copy of the form to anyone who cared to look.

One resident, who requested anonymity, said that Horne promised no one would get hurt that night and said he didn’t have a gun.

Henson said Horne initially arrived with four other men. But the men left and Horne stayed behind in his car, which was parked in Henson’s driveway.

“I knew somebody was going to get hurt,” Henson said. “It never should have happened.”

Henson and his brother, who lives within yards of where the struggle happened and stepped outside after hearing the shots, tackled Horne’s target. Henson, who was bit in the ensuing fight, used a set of handcuffs he spotted near Horne’s body to shackle and subdue the target.

Surveillance video shows the two brothers handing their suspect over to police.

“I left the weapon up there,” one brother yells. “I’ve got him handcuffed.”

The man in the center, wearing handcuffs, then yells to police: “Hey! I want to talk to somebody.”

A police officer strides into the camera’s view.

“Who shot who?” she asks.

The handcuffed man replies: “He shot me first … in the head.”

Source:tri-cities.com

Bounty Hunter Chases Down Wrong Man, Faces Assault Charge www.privateofficer.com

 
Hopkins MN July 29 2012 A bounty hunter is accused of chasing a Hopkins man with a baton after he mistook the man for his target, according to court documents released Friday.

Police found 43-year-old Charles Ray Damrow, of Farmington, with a black collapsible baton on his belt, pink chain handcuffs and a pocketknife, Sgt. Michael Glassberg wrote in the charging documents.

Damrow came to officers’ attention at 5:40 a.m. June 29 when police rushed to a garage in the 12th Avenue North alley, near the Hopkins Library, in response to a report of an assault in progress.

Officers arrived to find Damrow walking away from an unoccupied SUV, with the baton on his belt. They ordered him at gunpoint to put his hands in the air and lay on the ground, then seized the baton and pocketknife.

There was also an unidentified husband and wife at the scene. Police noted the woman was crying hysterically and her hands were shaking, according to the charging documents. The man said he and his wife were rearranging their vehicles to leave for work when they saw a vehicle stop in the library parking lot.

Damrow then got out of the vehicle and began running across the alley at them “with some type of stick above his head” that they thought was a tire iron, the man told police. He got into his vehicle and began backing up—planning to hit Damrow if he continued forward.

The man said Damrow was yelling, “Jamie!” and telling him to get out of the vehicle.

Meanwhile, the wife had fled the garage, according to the court documents. She initially pounded on a neighbor’s door, but there was no answer. She then went to another neighbor, who called 911.

“I thought the guy was going crazy and he was going to smash the window and kill my husband,” the court documents quoted the woman.

After officers detained him, Damrow told them he is a bounty hunter looking for a fugitive wanted for providing false information to police, a gross misdemeanor. He said he learned through an Internet search that the fugitive might be living at the victim’s house.

Damrow—who said he had training in “Pressure Point Control Technique,” use of a Taser and advanced tactical firearms procedures—then conducted surveillance of the home the evening of June 28 and the early morning of June 29. He thought the victim fit the fugitive’s description. Although the hair color was different, he reasoned that the fugitive could’ve changed his hair color.

Damrow admitted running after the victim and said he extended the baton when the man got into the vehicle. But he added that when he went to the driver’s side window, he noticed the victim had a different name embroidered on his shirt. The victim threatened to call police, and Damrow went back to his vehicle to get paperwork, which is when police arrived, he said.

“When asked why he did not call the police first if he was doing surveillance and taking enforcement action, he claimed the situation happened quickly and noted that if the police arrest the fugitive he does not get paid. He acknowledged that makes him take more risks,” the complaint states.

Police initially had trouble verifying Damrow was working as a bounty hunter, according to the charging documents. He said he worked for “Dave’s Bail Bonds,” which they later determined was a man named “Dave” at Ace Bail Bonds.

Dave, whose last name wasn’t provided, confirmed that Damrow was trying to locate two “bail jumpers”—including one named Jamison “Jamie” McElhaney whose charges matched what Damrow told police.

Officers released Damrow pending charges. He’s been charged with second-degree assault, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years and a $4,200 to $14,000 fine.

Source:hopkinspatch

Oklahoma City bounty hunters busting down wrong door were wanted fugitives www.privateofficer.com

 

TULSA, Oklahoma May 17 2012 – Two bounty hunters bust their way through an elderly woman’s home in Tulsa looking for a fugitive.

They soon found out they were at the wrong house.

Police said two of the three bounty hunters had warrants for their own arrests.

Now, professional bounty hunters are calling for regulation.

Oklahoma law only requires bounty men to be 18 years old.

There is no gun or weapons instruction or even training on how to arrest the fugitives they are hunting.

Bounty Hunter David Dunn has been a licensed private investigator for 16 years.

Even though it’s not required, he has taken the initiative to get various certifications and training, which he said rouge hunters lack.

“They’re not licensed private investigators, they’re not licensed bondsmen, they’re not licensed anything. They simply buy a badge, a t-shirt and find a bondsman who will give them a file. From there, they go to work without knowing anything about what they are doing,” Dunn said.

Dunn said the weapons they use including, firearms, tasers, pepper spray, among others, can be deadly when used in unskilled hands.

Police said Ronnie Shaw and Cecil Deere, two of the three men who stormed through the elderly woman’s home, actually had warrants for their arrests.

Senator Ralph Shortey (R) has tried to pass Senate Bill 1872 calling for regulation of the industry for the past two legislative sessions; it failed each time.

Criminal defense attorney David Slane said, “No little old lady should be disturbed while home alone by three guys waiving guns and kicking in her front door.”

Another group of bounty hunters in Midwest City was accused of doing the same thing and holding an entire family hostage.

News Channel 4 obtained a list of almost a dozen working bounty hunters in Oklahoma who are targeting fugitives while they have criminal pasts themselves.

“We have to pass a test to drive a car. It’s just unimaginable that we allow people to kick in doors, arrest others and they don’t have to have any training or experience,” Slane said.

While there are many cases of cowboy bounty hunters who make huge mistakes, the Oklahoma Bondsman Association said legitimate bounty men save tax payers millions each year.

Bounty huunter charged with kidnapping in Colorado www.privateofficer.com

 

LOVELAND, Colo. April 26 2012 - A bounty hunter from Michigan is facing kidnapping charges after he was accused of picking up a 29-year-old man who was wanted on a misdemeanor traffic warrant and demanding money and drugs for his release.

Chad Farquhar, a 38-year-old from Jackson, was jailed on $175,000 bond after Loveland police arrested the 38-year-old Saturday night. He is accused of kidnapping Jason Olson, also of Michigan. Olson’s hometown was not available.

Farquhar is a bail enforcement agent with Quick Bail Bonds in Jackson, Mich. The firm’s owner, Charles Davis, denies the allegations and has an attorney working with Farquhar to navigate the judicial process, the Loveland Reporter-Herald reported.

Davis said Farquhar and another agent were on their way to Wyoming to apprehend a fugitive, when they decided to drive through Colorado to pick up Olson.

The two bounty hunters contacted Olson at a Loveland home. Police say the victim’s family later contacted them, saying Farquhar demanded money and drugs in exchange for Olson’s return.

Investigators say Farquhar’s family worked with Loveland police to set up a meeting that he voluntarily attended. Authorities arrested him there on the suspected charges.

Police released the other bounty hunter without charges. Olson wasn’t taken into custody because his misdemeanor traffic warrant is not extraditable.

Farquhar is scheduled to appear later this week in a Colorado courtroom.

Source: WWJ/AP

NC bail bonsmen shoot at wrong person www.privateofficer.com

 

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC April 25 2012 - A man living outside of Tabor City says back on April 16th, he came close to being gunned down.

According to Michael Thompson, two men in a white Dodge Charger fired several shots at him while he was on his private property.

Thompson says the men kept mistakenly calling him Kingston Green, and were preparing to force him on the ground. When Thompson showed the men his ID, and they realized he was not the man they were searching for, they left.

Following the incident, Thompson called the sheriff’s office and reported the men.

According to a sheriff’s office incident report, the county’s communications center located a call where a man name Chris Cherry, a bail bondsman from South Carolina said he would be going to the property looking for Kingston Green.

Thompson still has shell casings he says are from the incident, adding that three years ago, Kingston Green lived on the property where he’s currently living.

Thompson plans to hire an attorney and press charges against whoever fired the shots.

According to deputies, Monday Christopher Cherry 34 and San Baldwin 43 of West Columbia, SC turned themselves at the Columbus County sheriff’s office.

The men are facing misdemeanor charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

Source:WECT