Double Dosage of Pseudo-Celebrity Crime News

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2006/09/dogwatchesdog-thumb.jpg“Dog” The Bounty Hunter was arrested by US Marshalls in Hawaii for essentially jumping bail in Mexico three years ago. Also booked were Dog’s brother and son, also bounty hunters and co-stars on his A&E reality show. All are awaiting a bond hearing and possible extradition to Mexico for “kidnapping” Andrew Luster, son of Max Factor, who Dog and crew captured and smuggled back into the US to collect a bounty on.

Luster had previously fled the county after raping three Los Angeles area women “after drugging them with GHB, the so-called date rape drug.” (source: CNN)

Its a shame that Mexican authorities have proven more dilligent in prosecuting a bounty hunter for breaking local laws than in assisting US authorities with tracking down criminals in their country.

In other news related to slightly more famous celebrites, a Torrance man has been arrested on charges of impersonating a Department of Homeland Security officer in order to become a bodyguard for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. From The Smoking Gun:

The indictment alleges that Mercado carried fake DHS credentials and drove a Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows and police lights. The vehicle, the indictment notes, was “fraudulently registered to the ‘US Dept of Homeland Security of America.'”

Nelson Mercado, 46 had applied for the gig through Thousand Oaks based Sunset Protective Services & Investigations. In addition to offering personal protection for the rich and famous, the company’s website also lists services including Corporate Espionage, Aerial Surveillance, and my favorite, Paparazzi Abatement.

(photo by snowy4052002 via Flickr)