"Dog" Bounty Hunting in Jackson

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

Fans in Jackson eagerly waited to catch a glimpse of famed bounty hunters Duane "Dog" Chapman and his wife Beth Chapman.

They're on a mission to bring in fugitive Ricky Wheeldon. The 53-year-old man was convicted for his role in a massive theft ring. He took off during trial and has been on the run for five months.

"We have never not captured our fugitive and Ricky will not be the first one," said Duane Chapman.

Several people involved have taken a hit since Wheeldon took off, including the bail bondsman who signed off on his $500,000 bond and also the fugitive's elderly mother.

"To do a bail bond in this state you have a fee and then you have what is called a collateral. So Ricky Wheeldon's mother put up her home," said Duane Chapman.

That means she lost her own home and her new living conditions, according to Beth Chapman, are far less than desirable.

"This woman is sitting in a house over here with no refrigerator, no stove, no nothing. 81 years old," said Beth Chapman.

On Thursday, Beth Chapman brought her some food and they're hoping news of what his mother is going through will persuade Wheeldon to turn himself in.

"I've done this for 32 1/2 years and I have never seen anyone in any city any state run away and let their mother be actually evicted from property and sit there hungry," said Duane Chapman.

As they continue on the hunt, they're asking fans to not call asking for autographs but to call in any tips. Their tipline is (517) 219-4765. You can also call the Jackson County Sheriff's Office with any leads.


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  • by Name Location: Location on Oct 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM
    g
  • by angel coffey Location: marion county ind on Oct 18, 2012 at 08:00 AM
    he's a jerk no one should ever treat their mother like that
  • by janice Location: lansing on Oct 17, 2012 at 02:20 AM
    Dog you and Beth keep up what you do best... catching these people who don't belong on the streets.. If ANYONE can do it, it's you! Go get him!!!!!!!
  • by rhonda dingesss Location: logan county wv 25508 on Oct 14, 2012 at 05:23 PM
    please call me i would love to be with your you all . please me 30485550283 beth please write me back, i need someone to talk to so..i'm 40 i have no one i'm like the black shep of the family..i would love to come on your show . please write or call me 3048550283. your friend always rhonda.. rhondagreen2424@yahoo.com.. p.s i'm from wva...
  • by barb Location: lansing on Oct 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM
    Thank you for the picture!
  • by barb Location: lansing on Oct 12, 2012 at 09:21 AM
    If WILX could put up a picture of Ricky Wheeldon, it may help. I have no idea what he looks like. Thanks!
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