Ok.. this fella here skipped out on court cause he was apparently facing some prison time for a felony DUI and felony driving on suspended license. His father was really nice fella and had no idea where his son was. The only thing he knew was his son was somewhere in a hotel in south St. Petersburg. Ugghh… I hate when I hear that.

So I start driving around.. thats one part I really dislike. So after about 3 hours of driving around I spot a van that resembles his. I also notice its backed into a parking spot and the bumper is practically in some bushes which is a for sure sign someone is trying to hide their license plate from the police. So I run the tag on the van and sure enough, its his van.

I locate the room he’s in and knock. A female answers the door and I barge in. Unfortunetly.. I shouldn’t have gone by myself this time because the room was FULL of people. When you encounter a situation like this, it’s good to be a total asshole and scream and yell. It shows your not scared and you mean business.

All of the people are ordered to get down and they do, and the target is cuffed and stuffed. He’s returned to the county jail and later convicted of felony DUI and driving on a suspended license, and given a 5 year prison sentence. Total bond recovered was $20,750.



The Lemon Song

After this guy skipped out on court I went down to his grandmas’ house where he was staying at. I call local police due to the fact that the suspect had previously taken them for a high speed pursuit in which he allegedly ran 7 stop signs. So the local police bring the K-9 and about 6 deputies. I raid the house and the suspect isn’t there.

Later on, I find an address for where he might be staying. I call local police again and we pull up to the house. I notice a car in the driveway with both front doors open. I run up on the car and my suspect is sitting in the passenger’s side, smoking a blunt. At first, he doesn’t put his hands up on the dash. Just about to get tazed, he finally decides to listen. One of the deputies drags him out and cuffs him.

In the meanwhile, his brother comes out to see what all the yelling is about. He tried to go back inside when he saw the police, but it was too late. The police run his name and he comes back with felony warrrants. They are both taken to jail and the defendent later recieved a one year jail sentence for driving on suspended license (felony) and aggravated fleeing and eluding. Total bond recovered was $10,500



Down by the Seaside

This was one of those that I had absolutely zero leads to start with. I met with her parents after she skipped court and they had no idea as to where she was and I believed them. So I do some digging and find out she has a cousin on house arrest down in the Treasure Island beach area.

So I go down there and start asking around and find out that she is somewhere in the area. For those of you not familiar with fisherman and fishing docks its definetly a rough and dangerous area. Fisherman do not like law enforcement of any kind. I recieved numerous death threats and once had three fisherman surround me.

I knew she liked drinking so I began spending the days at the local bars some of which were gay bars..ugghhh. So basically I just bar hop 12 hours a day for about 5 days and then finally I spot her  drunk as a skunk at one of the bars. I grab her, cuff her up and take her to my car. Upon searching her, I found one of the wanted flyers I had been passing out in her back pocket. I kept it as a memento.

On a side note, as much fun as bar hopping for 12 hours a day seems, I could only drink half a beer every half hour – which wasn’t very fun. Total bond recovered was $7,500.



When the Levee Breaks


This one is straight from the twilight zone. After I find out he skipped court on me I went out to his house and set up. After a bit I spot him and call the local police to assist. They come out and inform me his house comes back as a “hot house”. That means there are numerous guns in the house.

So we knock and he comes out. He claims he missed court due to contagious worms under his skin and around his eyeballs!! He begins showing me weird cuts and nasty patches of dried blood and ooze. It was so nasty. Anyway, he said he could feel them crawling around his eyes and under his skin. He said if we touch him we will contract them. I’ve heard alot of excuses for skipping court but this one definetly takes the cake!!  I tell him he’s full of it and maybe a little crazy and I cuff him up.

On a side note.. I never contracted weird contagious worms that crawl around your eyeballs!!!! Total bond recovered was $5,500.



Achilles Last Stand


Ok this was offically the most diffulcult fugitive I’ve ever chased. This arrest occured on 04/27/08. I bonded the guy on a 6 count sale/possession of cocaine and marijuana. With his previous convictions of possession charges/firearm and resisting arrest with violence he was allegedly facing 40 months in the state prison.

So he runs and is very diffulcult to find in the neighborhoods I had to locate him in. Crackers like me cannot get in these hoods undetected. At one point I spotted him and chased him. As I attempted to jump an 8ft wall I dislocated my shoulder and he got away. Previous to this incident I raided about 5 other homes.

Finally I got an address for him through some expert bountyhunting tricks. So we surround the house, complete with K-9 and I knock. The female inside REFUSES to open the door. I proceed on kicking in the door. It’s heavily fortified. I then go to a window and begin pounding.. At that time I shatter the window. The suspect took a quick chance to run, then spotted the K-9 and realized this time there was no way out.

With children inside, windows being broken,doors being kicked in.. He finally opens the front door and surrenders. Total bond recovered was $15,750.



Candy Store Rock


This capture was more diffulcult than others. I really had no leads for the most part. This girl allegedly had a drug problem and pretty much left her child with family members. So I go to her last known area and start asking around. Later on that night I go into a REAL rough biker bar. Lets just say I wasnt welcomed..lol… good thing I know how to handle myself.

Anyway, after pissing some local patrons off I finally get a solid lead. I set up on the mobile home and notice some activity inside. I call local police and we knock on the door. The owner answers and says she’s not inside. If your not able to tell when someone is lying to you, your not going to be able to be a good bountyhunter at ALL!!

I was able to tell he was lying and insisted on searching his home. He’s not going along with that idea to well and the police get a little rough with him and remove him from the mobile home. After a quick search, I find the defendant inside and she’s cuffed and stuffed. It took me a whole 2 days to find her when I started with no leads… man I’m good.



In The Evening


This one here skipped bond and left his mother out to dry. She claimed she had no idea where he was and I believed her. The only thing we knew was that he was somewhere in south St. Petersburg living at a motel.

So I go down to the local ones I’m familiar with and pass out his picture. Later on that night I received a call saying the fugitive just checked in. So I go down and knock on the door and he answers. He’s cuffed, stuffed and transported back to jail.

Leaving your elderly mother hang out to dry like that… disgusting. Total bond recovered was $45,000.



Misty Mountain Hop


Not sure exactly why this guy ran but he never ended up in prison. He recieved 6 months in the county jail.

Anyway he decided to move to South Carolina. So I execute my superior bountyhunting skills and get an address for him. Another agent and I drive the 8 hours to get there and once there we get out and start walking around. We walk past his mobile home several times then I finally see him sitting inside. I barge on in and he’s quickly arrested and taken out. There were 4 kids inside freaking out. I managed to calm everyone down and we transported him back to Florida that same night. Total hunt went for about 20 straight hours… exhausting. Total bond recovered was $10,026



Over the Hills and Far Away


This capture occured on 04/19/08. Apparently the fugitive was facing 15 years for everything from drug trafficking/aggravated battery/several possession charges. So of course he runs and decides to hide in Columbia, S.C.

I put my superior bountyhunting skills together and get an address for where he’s at. I call local police and they refuse to help at all! They have 2 armed bountyhunters ready to bust a door down to capture a violent drug trafficker with active warrants totaling over $550,000 and they don’t even want to stick around to see what happens?!! They actually get in their cruisers and leave the area!! So with multiple entrances to cover I had to call one other local bountyhunter to assist.

So I knock on the door and yell “maintenance.” LOL.. I swear that works EVERY time. The fugitive answered the door and was quickly taken down and arrested. He was then transported back to Florida and is currently in the county jail. Total bond recovered was $26,500.



The Ocean


The unpredictable situations you get put in sometime are crazy. This is a classic example of a bad situation you cannot prepare for.

I had a lead that this guy was working as a waiter on a dinner boat here in Clearwater. So I go to the boat and TRY to talk to the guy at the door. Unfortunately, he can’t speak English. He just kinda shakes his head and points.

So I go onto the boat and into the dinner area. There’s approximately 100 people having a wedding reception. I spot the fugitive and grab him and cuff him up. There’s lots of commotion about me arresting him.

I look out the window and notice that the boat is moving out to sea with me on it!! I very loudly order the boat be docked immediately. The captain gives me a hard time and wont dock the boat. So I call 911 to avoid being taken out to sea with these people. As soon as I dial 911 the captain docks the boat. We get off the boat and are met by numerous deputies.

Sometimes you have to be prepared to make very quick decisions. That’s what separates the good bountyhunters from the bad ones.