A federal magistrate judge let the “Dog” out yesterday to the delight of his fans who packed the courtroom at his detention hearing.
Duane “Dog” Chapman, star of the reality TV show “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” was released to home detention on $300,000 bail yesterday. Chapman had been held since his arrest Thursday by federal agents for his extradition to Mexico.
Chapman, his son Leland and partner Timothy Chapman are wanted in Mexico for capturing Max Factor heir and convicted rapist Andrew Luster in 2003. Bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico.
After exiting the federal building from a side entrance at about 6:20 p.m. yesterday, Chapman, still dressed in blue prison garb, said he was grateful for his fans’ support. “If it wouldn’t have been for the people that love us, we don’t know what would have happened,” Chapman said.
“We love America, and the federal marshals treated us with great respect.”