Despite some media reports to the contrary, inside trusted sources in Michigan assure us that Dog Chapman was very involved in events leading up to the capture of Ricky Wheeldon.
The BailBondsman who invited Dog to help, Leo Urban, had nothing but praise for Dog and his help Among the statements by the Bondsman who had $500,000 dollars at stake with the huge bond
“Dog was instrumental in the capture even though we didn’t do the actual take down” -Leo Urban
“You learn a lot from celebrities, first and foremost. I’ve known Duane for a while, and I have a great deal of respect for him. When he came to town, like I said, the phone kept ringing and leads kept coming. That developed several leads that were critical in his apprehension. We passed along several leads to the state task force and the federal marshall at about 11 o’clock yesterday morning. I was advised that without the leads that we gave them, the apprehension probably wouldn’t have gone down”
“Dog stepped back at my request to let the fugitive team and the Marshals go after him. It’s a cooperation.” – Leo Urban
We have confirmed that Dog respected the requests of the US Marshals and the Fugitive Team to back off and let them handle the very dangerous fugitive.. Officials were concerned that Wheeldon may be armed with anything from an Assault Rifle to a Machine Gun. Dog was attacked by a few who did not bother to mention that the Feds took over the arrest that ended Wheeldon’s freedom. You do not mess with the feds. As well, Dog’s presence started the flood of tips from citizens that helped end the fugitive’s freedom. Dog and his local team were told the feds would make the arrest
The feds as Leo Urban stated said the hard work done by Dog with Urban’s team helped with the capture. Dog was approved by the Judge, deputized and did a tremendous job at raising the profile, coaching the team, and bringing in leads. The worst thing a fugitive can face while on the run is having a high media profile. Dog’s presence helped ensure that Wheeldon’s case was kept high profile in the media. Dog came into the case after the fugitive had been on the run for months and Wheeldon was behind bars in a few weeks.
The citizens of the area did a great job submitting tips and the press coverage of Dog and the case was extensive. How many fugitives get that much attention and that many tips ? Dog’s presence helped seal the deal. The media coverage of Dog by local reporters was endless.
More to come