Duane "Dog" Chapman is a celebrity icon here in Hawaii. He doesn't sing in Waikiki, he isn't a politician and he doesn't give surfing lessons on North Shore. He brings in bad guys- he is a bounty hunter.
Dog is a bail bondsman and his business Da Kine Bailbonds is featured on A&E. Dog and his family are on the constant search for bail jumpers and continually clean up the streets in Hawaii by bringing in ice heads, crack heads, rapists, and thugs. Although he is surrounded by a bad element, he treats his prisoners fairly, after eveyone has cooled down, and then he dispenses his Chicken Soup for the Soul Dog Style.
My 3 year old loves Dog and sings the song that opens the show. He recognizes not only Dog but also his family. At a recent autograph session at a Pearl Harbor Naval Base block party my son pointed Dog out and almost crapped his pull-up as he shouted his name.
Occasionally, Dog travels to the mainland to get bail jumpers who haul ass out of Honolulu International. I came across this story from Squiggler and I haven't checked the local news to read anything about it yet.
Armed Marshalls entered Dog residence yesterday morning at 6 a.m. and arrested him for a 2003 bounty Dog collected in Puerto Viarta. Dog grabbed convicted rapist Andrew Luster and brought him back to the states to serve out his 120+ year sentence. Evidently, it is against the law to bounty hunt in Mexico. This makes sense when you think about it. If bounty hunters were allowed access across the border the country's economy would take a turn for the worse as all the criminals were extradicted.
It is obvious the Mexican Government had it out for Dog. What cites me to anger is the fact that Mexico's government violates the United States immigration laws freely and openly but then gets a boner for Dog when he grabs a sexual predator douchebag across the border who needs to be locked up for the rest of his life.
** UPDATE **
15 September 2006
I found a really good article by local Hawaii Reporter columnist, Malia Zimmerman.