Dog Signs For Season 6, On The Record With Greta Van Susteren

This is a rush transcript from “On the Record ,” December 16, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Dog the Bounty Hunter is here to go “On the Record.” Dog is tracking down several fugitives right now. One of them is a convicted rapist of a 13-year-old boy who fled Hawaii before the prison doors could slam shut on him.

The rapist was set to begin a 10-year prison sentence on December 1, but instead he took off. Duane Dog Chapman from A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter” is here. Nice to see you, Dog.

DUANE “DOG” CHAPMAN, BOUNTY HUNTER: Nice to see you, Greta. How are you?

VAN SUSTEREN: I’m very well. Dog, before we get into this–the guy only got 10 years for a rape of a 13-year-old boy?

CHAPMAN: Yes. He plea-bargained out on a 10-year sentence. And I believe the reason was because they didn’t want to have the victim go through the court hearings. So he pled to sexual assault on a child and received a 10-year sentence.
He was supposed to show up to begin the sentence, and took off.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. What’s his name, where is he, and what are you doing about it?

CHAPMAN: OK, Greta, his name is Frank LeFrandt. He’s also before used the alias Cornelius(ph). He flew at the end of last month from Hawaii to California, from California to Tucson, where he rented this jeep, a jeep Commander. Here’s the plate number–ACE7097.

He then used his credit card in Santa Ana, Mexico. He told the border patrol that he was going on vacation as he crossed the border from California. He said he was going on vacation to Santa Ana and traveling through Mexico.

He is a 6’1″ male. He’s 215 pounds. Now just before he left, his wife noticed that he grew a beard and dyed it. So he could have a beard.

He has been a Mormon for 20, 25 years, and when he was on his journey as a Mormon, did he that in Santa Ana and in El Salvador. So that’s the connections he had down there.

The new bail for him right now in Hawaii is $5 million. So this guy is going away for a long time.

And, as you know, we cannot go down in Mexico and apprehend him as an American citizen. So I’m working very close with the United States Marshals out of Hawaii, and they’ve asked me to give their number–541- 3,000; again, 541-3000, with the area code of 808.

If anyone has any kind of clue, then we can grab this guy right away.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is Mexico helping?

CHAPMAN: You know, Mexico is helping a lot. As you noticed lately, they’ve extradited a lot of cop killers and sexual assault-convicted felons back to America. So we’ve got this open line with Mexico and, yes, they are helping very much this time.

VAN SUSTEREN: Does he have access to any money?

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CHAPMAN: You know, he doesn’t have a lot of money, but he’s hitting – – he had a credit card, closed it. Then he opened another credit card. He hit an ATM machine in Santa Ana. That’s how we tracked him. So I don’t think so.

But he’s a teacher, and he teaches kids a lot of languages. He speaks five fluent languages, one of them being Spanish. So I would think he’d be back in that kind of church atmosphere, and, of course, where children are, and down in Mexico right now.

VAN SUSTEREN: You’re also working on a lot of other cases, but one is Felix Batista. What is that case?

CHAPMAN: Felix Batista was kidnapped from Mexico last Wednesday. And we’ve been asked by the company he worked not to say too much about it, so I’m going to respect that. But, yes, he’s a kidnap victim out of Mexico, an American.

VAN SUSTEREN: What — I understand that A&E has signed season six of your show.

CHAPMAN: Oh, thank you, Greta. Yes, we just got done filming season five, and thank god we’re headed for season six. And we probably will premier season six with Mr. La Frant(ph), his capture.

VAN SUSTEREN: I hope you’re not being optimistic.

CHAPMAN: Well, I’m always optimistic, but you and I both know he’s going to go down.

VAN SUSTEREN: And, in terms of season six, any other good investigations you can tip us off to so we sort of have the tease?

CHAPMAN: You know, we’re kind of like doing group arrests right now. It seems like the last four or five fugitives we’ve arrested, he’s had two buddies that are always wanted.

So now as we go through the door, we used to just get one, and now we’re getting two and three at a time. So season six has upped itself without us having to create anything. Birds of a feather flock together.

So as long as they stay in a group–big ones come in pairs, and little one come in bunches. So hopefully we’ll have a bunch of them for season six.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you love your work, Dog?

CHAPMAN: Oh, Greta, I love this work, especially when you capture the guy. I wear shade as lot because I cry, and every time I capture them I get goose bumps all over, and I get teary-eyed. I love what I do. I love to capture the guy. I love to tell the victim “Don’t worry anymore. They’re in jail.”

And this is my way to heaven. This is my way to contribute to America what I know how to do best, and that’s chase down the predator.

VAN SUSTEREN: People oftentimes forget the victim. the person sitting at home, whether it’s a child rape case or a family of a murder victim. It’s important to talk to the families, isn’t it?

CHAPMAN: Well, it’s important to capture these guys, because this guy, again, was convicted of sexual assault to a 13-year-old child. So you know that little boy is scared to death right now while this predator is running around. So the first one I’m going to call after we capture the guy is him.

But the victims never get really vindicated. But the only thing they can do is see that the predator or the perp is in jail, and that helps them out a lot.

VAN SUSTEREN: And I bet the judge who gave him bond is probably not very happy right now because he ran off on his sentence.

CHAPMAN: Well, it just so happens to be it’s one of my favorite judges. And when he heard that he had ran off, you can see the bond. It’s probably one of the highest bonds in the country. It’s now set at $5 million bail. So, yes, the judge is very upset.

VAN SUSTEREN: Dog, thank you, and say hi to Beth for me, your wife.

CHAPMAN: Thank you, ma’am, I will. Aloha to your family and to Fox. And happy holidays, too, from Hawaii, the land of Obama.

VAN SUSTEREN: Thank you, Dog

Dog Returns With New Shows In Febuary

By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES ( — A&E and Sci Fi are expanding their January slates, network sources have confirmed today.

The latter will serve up newcomer “RelicQuest” on Wednesday, January 21 at 10:00/9:00c following new episodes of “Ghost Hunters International” (now billed as season 1.75). The series, hosted by Bruce Burgess, “travels the globe in search of some of history’s greatest relics and artifacts.”

As previously announced, “Battlestar Galactica” kicks off its swan song on Friday, January 16 at 10:00/9:00c. Also keep an eye out for “Battlestar Galactica: The Top 10 Things You Need to Know” (formerly known as “Essential Elements”) on Sunday, January 11 at 11:00/10:00c.

A&E will also be busy in January with the return of “Paranormal State” (Mondays at 10:00/9:00c starting January 19)* and “The First 48” (Thursdays at 9:00/8:00c starting January 1) as well as the previously announced new drama “The Beast” (Thursdays at 10:00/9:00c starting January 15).

The trio will join original episodes of “Intervention” (Mondays at 9:00/8:00c starting December 15) and “Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force” (Tuesdays at 10:00/9:00c).

And finally starting February 4, “Dog the Bounty Hunter” offers up new episodes at 10:00/9:00c followed by newcomer “The Exterminators.”

As always, you can track all of the new and returning series this January – and beyond – using our Winter Guide.

* a typo in the original article listed “Paranormal State’s” return as January 26

Dog Traces Fugitive To El Savador

Bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman will return from the Mainland today with evidence that convicted sex offender Frank Lefrandt Jr. left Honolulu and ended up in El Salvador — via Los Angeles and Phoenix, Chapman’s publicist said yesterday.

Although Chapman will give authorities ATM and other records that show that Lefrandt is in San Salvador, El Salvador, he will not pursue Lefrandt without a provisional arrest warrant to enter El Salvador, publicist Mona Wood said yesterday.

In June 2003, Chapman, his son Leland Chapman and fellow bounty hunter Tim Chapman, who is not related, faced criminal charges in Mexico for “unlawful deprivation of liberty” when they captured a fugitive serial rapist, Max Factor heir Andrew Luster, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

A Mexican judge eventually dismissed their case, but the Chapmans had also faced extradition and arrest warrants that were issued in the United States while their case was on appeal.

Chapman is the star of the Honolulu-based A&E reality TV show, “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” but the show was not in production while Chapman followed Lefrandt’s trail on the Mainland and into El Salvador, Wood said.

It is likely, however, that A&E crews would follow Chapman into El Salvador if he gets permission to go there, Wood said.

a former missionary

Chapman also found out that Lefrandt served as a Mormon missionary in Guatemala 30 years ago.

“He may know the area, but it is definitely not going to be a vacation for him,” Chapman said in a statement released by Wood.

On Tuesday, a Circuit Court judge ordered forfeiture of $100,000 bail posted by bondsman James Lindblad for Lefrandt after Lefrandt failed to turn himself in to prison authorities.

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Fugitive leaves bail bondsman in lurch

By Jim Dooley
Advertiser Staff Writer

It’s been a roller-coaster week for bail bondsman James Lindblad.

On Tuesday, a Circuit Court judge ordered forfeiture of $100,000 bail posted by Lindblad for convicted sex offender Frank Lefrandt Jr.

The order came after Lefrandt failed to turn himself in to prison authorities last Friday. His whereabouts are unknown.

“It’s a terrible thing for his (Lefrandt’s) family,” Lindblad said. “First the criminal charges, now this. He’s married, with five children. They put up their house as collateral for the bond.”

Lindblad, owner of A-1 Bail Bonds, said he’s enlisted Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman to find Lefrandt.

“We work together sometimes,” Lindblad said. “He’s on the Mainland now, looking for Frank.”

Good news came Wednesday night on another case that has gnawed at Lindblad for more than a decade. U.S. Marshals announced they had captured fugitive Hawai’i sex offender Michael Andrew Stephens in Mexico.

Lindblad forfeited $42,000 bail posted for Stephens in 1995 when he fled the state while awaiting retrial on charges of kidnaping and sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

“I’ve written more than 20,000 bonds in my career here, and this is the only guy that ever got away,” Lindblad said. “I always knew he was in Mexico. I almost caught him there once, but he slipped away.”

Lindblad said he also partnered with Chapman in trying to track down Stephens.

“We found out in 1996 that he was traveling between Palm Springs and Mexico,” he said.

“We got an an address for him in Mexico and notified the authorities, but when they got there, he had slipped away.”

Marshals and Mexico customs officials located Stephens this month after he was profiled earlier this year on the “America’s Most Wanted” television show.

He was helping run a restaurant called Casa Bahia in Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa, Mexico.

Stephens was known in the area as “Will,” according to messages posted on a Zihuatanejo Internet message board since Stephens was arrested.

Stephens is being deported by the Mexican government to Houston, where he will be held for extradition to Hawai’i.

He was convicted here in 1990 of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy. Prosecutors sought a 20-year prison sentence in that case, calling Stephens a danger to society.

Stephens had been investigated earlier for alleged sex assaults of teenage boys, and five days before he was arrested in the 1990 case, police charged him with assaulting another teenager at the Hawai’i Kai boat ramp, according to court records.

Charges in that case were dropped after Stephens was convicted in the 1990 case.

Friends and business associates of Stephens wrote letters of recommendation on his behalf to the court in the 1990 case, and he was sentenced to five years of probation. He was re-indicted on new charges of sexually assaulting a teenage victim in 1993.

Jurors could not agree on a verdict on the assault charges, convicting Stephen only of promoting liquor to a minor.

After staging a fake disappearance at sea, Stephens fled the state while awaiting retrial on the 1993 sex assault charges.


Dog Headed To California In Search Of Child Abuser

HONOLULU — Duane “Dog” Chapman headed for California Wednesday night to find another Hawaii fugitive.

Frank LeFrandt Jr. was supposed to have started serving a 10-year prison term for raping a 13-year-old boy.

A Circuit Court judge issued a $5 million bench warrant on Tuesday after LeFrandt jumped bail. His car was found last week at the airport. This afternoon A-1 Bondsman hired Chapman to help find LeFrandt. Chapman left for Los Angeles in the evening. Chapman is known for his reality TV series on the A&E Network “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” LeFrandt was arrested in August after sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in the back of his newspaper delivery van.
Deputy Prosecutor Thalia Murphy said a deal was cut with the married father of two children to spare the victim from testifying. Prosecutors said he is traveling under a false identity. His lawyers said they do not know where he is.
Chapman broke into the national limelight when he captured Max Factor heir Andrew Luster in Mexico. Luster was wanted in connection with a series of rapes.

Frank Lefrandt Jr.

Leave us a comment if you know where this man is or have seen him

Dog Looks For Child Molester

Dog Chapman Searching For Child Molester

By Andrew Pereira


Duane “Dog” Chapman, bounty hunter and star of his own reality TV show is on the trail of a convicted child molester who failed to report to a Honolulu prison on December 1.

Under a deal with prosecutors Frank Lefrandt Jr., 47 of Aiea, pled guilty to second and third degree sex assault and one count of second degree attempted sex assault against a 13 year old boy. At the time of the attack Lefrandt was working as a newspaper delivery supervisor and had hired the child as his helper.

“I’ve chased many and caught many sexual predators,” said Chapman during an autograph signing session for fans at his Downtown Honolulu office.

Chapman says he found Lefrandt’s abandoned car last week at Honolulu International Airport. The bounty hunter believes the fugitive is no longer in Hawaii and may have fled the U.S.

“He doesn’t have a lot of money but all of a sudden he does have money to buy plane tickets, rent cars (and) go different places, so someone is obviously helping.”

Chapman stands to make ten percent of the $100,000 bail bond issued on Lefrandt’s behalf in August. However Chapman’s wife Beth says her husband is not concerned about money.

She points to Chapman’s capture of convicted rapist Andrew Luster in Mexico in June of 2003. The bounty hunter was never awarded the $300,000 he requested from the state of California for capturing the heir to the Max factor cosmetics fortune.

“Cases that involved women or children who have been hurt by predators, those cases he feels the most passionate about,” said Beth Chapman. “People that Dog goes after unfortunately they all fall because he can’t shake it out of his mind; he can’t stop thinking about it.”

Chapman says anyone with information about Lefrandt’s whereabouts should call authorities first, but he says he’s willing to listen to anyone who may have a lead.

Chapman can be reached at Da Kine Bail Bonds at 808-921-2245 or by e-mail at

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December 03, 2008 06:15 PM

Dozens of excited fans of Duane “Dog” Chapman lined up for the chance to get his autograph Wednesday.

It was quite a scene at “Da Dog House,” a store that sells “Dog the Bounty Hunter” merchandise.

Dog and his crew from the popular A&E show met the fans, took pictures and signed whatever they wanted signed.

Two ladies flew 4,500 miles to meet Dog. They say his show is inspiring.

“He has a tough side to him, and people like to watch that chase, that adrenaline watch, but there’s that softer side to him that he shows you can still be a tough guy but you can still have emotions, show emotions and have compassion for your fellow man, ” said Diann Bess, who is visiting from Orlando, Fl. “He truly wants people to get their lives right and help them out.”

Chapman also signed copies of his New York Times best-selling book “You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide.

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