As this one goes, the defendent skipped court on his “record producer” (lol) and wasn’t anywhere to be found. I spoke with his family and they claimed they only knew he was somewhere in a county just north with some friends but didn’t know where that was. I could tell the father wasn’t telling the truth. I acted like I believed him in case the target was coming and visiting them.
Within a few days I put some good intel together and get a couple block radius of a mobile home he was staying in. I also gathered they supposedly have a meth lab and numerous guns, some of which are shotguns. Bullet proof vest or not a shotgun is not a weapon you want your fugitive to have. You prefer them to just have a butter knife but that rarely happens.
To get back to the story.. I go out driving the area and actually spot the target drive past me in an old, beat-up red mustang. I’m on a very straight and long road so I go down a bit before I turn around in order to stay out of the targets sight. I pull up to a red light and see the fugitive just hopping back in his car leaving a gas station. I follow him and see him pull into a mobile home in the area I had thought he was to be in. I call local police and about 20 mins later they show up.
In the state of Florida, the police vary in the way they assist bondsman from department to department, sometimes even night shift will work differently than day shift!! It is always a crap shoot. Some will go every step of the way with you others will refuse to help at all.
In this instance if I was killed or hurt while trying to capture a wanted felon, the county would actually be held liable, so the police make me stay just outside the mobile home. They call in backup and about 6 deputies armed with AR-15’s approach the trailer. I notice the red Mustang is now gone!! Not good at all, I cannot tell the police to hold off and comeback later. Does not work like that.
So the police raid the house and the target is not there. Just then I notice the Mustang coming down the road. We all take cover and when he pulls in, the target is surrounded at gunpoint. Remind you, he has numerous deputies with AR-15’s pointed at him.
After a brief pause he opens the door and is cuffed up. Others in the trailer were arrested for various charges. Total bond recovered was $7,500.
On a side note, alot of people ask why I call the police all the time. Just about all police prefer you to call and notify them of what is going on and who you’re hunting in their county. If something bad happens and you didn’t notify them, you could have some legal issues to deal with. Also, having the police and just yourself means you have basically unlimited back-up and only yourself to split the reward with. Police cannot and will not accept money.. I’ve tried. Sometimes you feel responsible when an officer gets injured on an arrest that you called them in on, but it happens..