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Video: Bounty Hunters Mistake Phoenix Chief's House for Fugitive's Hideout

August 06, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Bounty Hunters Mistake Phoenix Chief's House for Fugitive's Hideout

Nearly a dozen bounty hunters swarmed a house in Phoenix Tuesday night, but instead of finding a man wanted in Oklahoma, they found Joseph Yahner, the police chief of the sixth largest city in America.

"When the chief goes to the front door, he is confronted by an individual who is out there with a gun drawn," Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said.

The team of armed bounty hunters woke up the police chief and his wife. They were looking for Roderick Battle -- wanted in Oklahoma on drug charges, CBS News reports.

"There were 11 people out here; one was an 11-year-old child that had on a toy gun belt," Crump said.

Police arrested 43-year-old Brent Farley, the owner of one of the bounty hunter teams, for criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct. Farley is a convicted felon, which means he is not legally permitted to own a handgun. Police are investigating whether this was just an honest mistake or a prank.

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kevCopAz @ 8/6/2015 5:19 PM

This is such an example of the crazy and unregulated way Bounty hunters operate. Over my tears with Phx PD things like this "mistake" happened all the time. You have convicted felons (in this case and others) as well as folks that are more criminal then cop working these types of jobs. I found that some of them are worse then the folks that they are looking for. We really need to make some additional restrictions on this "profession". They have so much power (more then cops) as far as search and seizing a bail jumper. Some of this is needed but in my experience the rules need to be tightened. If police agencies did anything even close to some of what these "hunters" pull cops would be fired and or jailed. You would think that the Bounty Hunter "industry" itself would want more restrictions or at the least some qualifications for their enforcement officers, there is zero! Other then civil liability, but you can only sue them out of business.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/7/2015 10:44 AM

OOPS. Bounty hunters made heap big mistake. They are lucky that they didn't get shot pounding and yelling like the wild bunch. Now they are going to have to answer for all the stupidity that goes along with this stuff.

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