Fugitive’s family: Bounty hunter has made threats

Family of the fugitive whom Duane “Dog” Chapman is chasing on the Front Range say the famous bounty hunter has repeatedly threatened them during the course of his investigation.

Chapman, however, said he and his posse, featured on the A&E television show “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” have done nothing out of the ordinary.

Tony Padilla, father of Mesa County fugitive Marco Padilla, said Chapman and his crew over the past two weeks have shown up at his Aurora home and threatened him.

“I don’t know what to do,” Padilla said. “I swear to God. This is scary.”

Tony Padilla said Chapman and company threatened him, swore at him and demanded as recently as Monday night that he say where Marco is staying.

“I don’t know where he’s staying,” Padilla said. “I don’t know his phone number. Marco has changed his number.”

Marco Padilla, 32, is wanted on a $150,000 failure-to-appear warrant after he failed to show up for sentencing in a 2007 drug case in Mesa County.

Chapman and his crew, according to a police report filed Tuesday, also have harassed Elizabeth Padilla, Marco’s sister in Aurora. Padilla, according to the report, allowed Chapman, his wife, Beth, and his crew to search her home in August. Their interactions took a turn for the worse, the report said, when Chapman and his wife tailed her Sept. 10 after she left a Wal-Mart.

“When she got out of the vehicle, (Padilla) stated that Beth Chapman approached her and stated, ‘You don’t want to (expletive) with me, you stupid (expletive,)’ ” the report said. “Elizabeth stated that there were cameras all around and that Beth said she would edit the tapes.”

Chapman said Tuesday leaning on family members and those who sign for fugitives’ bonds, such as Elizabeth Padilla, is par for the course. He added that a source in the investigation has pegged Elizabeth Padilla as the woman Marco Padilla is using to receive messages.

Chapman said people complaining about bounty hunters’ tactics is “part of the game in this good guy versus bad guy (situation).”

Chapman said he and his team are close to apprehending Marco Padilla.

The bounty hunter and his crew rolled into Grand Junction two weeks ago and announced they were going to pick up a dozen Mesa County fugitives wanted on a variety of methamphetamine-related charges.

Last week, Chapman reportedly apprehended four of those fugitives in Arapahoe and Denver counties.


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