Bounty hunter’s Mesa County visit to be aired

BOUNTY HUNTER DUANE “DOG” CHAPMAN and his wife, Beth, leave the Mesa County Justice Center after a brief stop in Grand Junction in September 2008. Chapman was looking for fugitive Marco Padilla, who is still at large and is wanted on a $150,000 warrant. Chapman was hired by a St. Louis-based insurance company, which was legally responsible for a $75,000 bond that Padilla skppped out on before trial.

Duane “Dog” Chapman’s strange venture into Mesa County justice is apparently ready for prime time.

In the continuation of a three-part series on A&E Television’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” Chapman’s brief visit to Grand Junction in September 2008 and the manhunt that followed will be broadcast Wednesday, according to the A&E Web site.

The broadcast is scheduled for 7 p.m. on A&E, while a third and final installment is scheduled at the same time on June 24. The first episode debuted last Wednesday.

Chapman swept into the Mesa County Justice Center on Sept. 3, 2008, in search of a Mesa County fugitive, Marco Antonio Padilla. Chapman apprehended at least four suspected associates along the way in travels that took him to Denver and Pueblo. But

Padilla, 33, who was Chapman’s main target, got away.

Padilla is still wanted on a $150,000 warrant.

“We’d certainly like to see Marco in custody,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said.

Chapman was hired by a St. Louis-based insurance company, which was legally responsible for a $75,000 bond that Padilla skipped out on before trial. Padilla didn’t show in November 2007 to face charges including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, as well as a special-offender count.

While Padilla eluded “Dog,” he’s apparently keeping tabs on legal matters in Mesa County.

According to court records, a Denver attorney hired by Padilla filed a motion in Mesa County District Court on April 22, seeking records in Padilla’s case. District Judge Valerie Robison denied the request.

“Our office has no intention of dealing with Marco’s attorney until Marco is in custody,” Rubinstein said.

Rubinstein said he doesn’t plan to watch the remaining “Dog” episodes.


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