Rule number one of being a bounty hunter: don’t mistakenly wake up a police chief in the middle of the night by shouting at his front door.
This was a lesson 11 Oklahoma bounty hunters from NorthStar Fugitive Recovery learned the hard way after they banged on Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner’s front door. They were looking for a wanted fugitive, but found a very angry police chief instead.
The bounty hunters canvassed Yahner’s residence for two hours before finally making their move.
“They were filming this like it was made for TV,” said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump.
The bounty hunters also brought along an 11-year-old girl who was armed with a toy gun belt.
They shouted for Yahner to come outside, and police chief responded by arming up with his baton before opening the door.
“After awakening him (Yahner) from a dead sleep, he comes out in protection mode,” said Crump. “And when he does come out and he challenges them, I think they quickly come to realize (the mistake), with the exception of one of them.”
Brent Farley, 43, owner of NorthStar Fugitive Recovery, was adamant that the criminal was hiding inside and refused to leave the property.
He was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.
“This is a case in which these two companies did not do their due diligence,” said Crump. “They hit the wrong house and the wrong person.”
(This article is a submission from freelance writer Brent Rogers)