Dog the Bounty Hunter Hunts Down Most Wanted Fugitive

Eva Fu
By Eva Fu
May 28, 2019Entertainment
Dog the Bounty Hunter Hunts Down Most Wanted Fugitive
Dog the Bounty Hunter, Duane Chapman films a segment of his television show outside of a news conference on June 28, 2015 in Malone, N.Y. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Dog the Bounty Hunter star, Duane Chapman, tracked down and captured a most wanted criminal in Colorado’s Rocky Ford on May 8.

“We are cleaning up America, one city at a time,” Chapman said in a video prior to the man’s arrest.

Leonard Trujillo Jr. was wanted for first-degree assault in El Paso County and for missing a court date in Otero County, according to Rocky Ford police, the La Junta Tribune reported.

“This guy’s record is horrendous. He has terrorized this peaceful town enough. He tried to run—but you can’t hide from me! We are making America safe again,” Chapman said in a statement, according to PopCulture.

Chapman also said that Trujillo “has mile-long rap sheet including armed robbery, assault on a police officer, bank robbery, drug charges, and forgery.”

Garry Chapman, Chapman’s youngest son, also helped in catching the suspect.

Trujillo was taken into Arkansas Valley Medical Center for minor injuries.

duane chapman family
TV personality Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman (C) and family at Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards at USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 23, 2013. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The entire process of the bust was recorded and will be available on Dog’s Most Wanted, the latest reality TV program in which the Chapman family and his team, The Dirty Dozen, joined in for pursuit of America’s most wanted fugitives.

Chapman earned his name through the hit reality show Dog the Bounty Hunter that ran for eight seasons from 2004 to 2012. It featured Chapman going after criminals in Hawaii and Colorado. It was followed by another program, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, that ran from 2013 to 2015. Beth is Chapman’s wife.

Dog’s Most Wanted started production in early 2019 and is the first unscripted series on entertainment television show provider WGN America in the past five years, according to their press release.

“America has been captivated by Dog, Beth, and their dramatic true-crime experiences for over a decade,” Gavin Harvey, president of WGN America, said, according to the statement. “In this brand-new series, millions of Dog and Beth fans will join them on bigger hunts, pursuing more dangerous criminals, with a supporting cast of tough-as-nails crime fighters.”

It remains unclear when the series will air on WGN America.

‘Bend on the Road’

Duane 'Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman, and Beth Chapman
Duane ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, and Beth Chapman attend the Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball at Hay-Adams Hotel on Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)

Beth, who also stars in the upcoming show, has been battling with cancer since last November. She has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment and recently went through emergency surgery due to excess fluid in her lungs.

But that has not stopped them from filming their new show.

“She has told me repeatedly that if these are her last days on earth, she wants to spend every moment with me on the hunt, living life to the fullest and enjoying the time we have left together,” Chapman told the Daily Mail.

“The best part of my job is having her by my side on every journey. I can’t imagine a day without her and think deep down inside she is always concerned for my safety because she wants the security of knowing I come home to her every night.”

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