Did Bounty Hunters Go Too Far?

A woman in Nampa filed a complaint against a bail bonds company claiming that the bounty hunters who tracked down her brother used excessive force.

Johnny Lee Martinez took off his monitoring bracelet and this set the events in motion. Recovery agents working for Robert Muse Bail Bonds worked to bring Martinez back into custody. According to his sister, Chricelda Martinez, the bounty hunters went too far.

“They pulled out a gun and started shooting at them and later I found out they were (not) lethal bullets,” she said. “There was a pedestrian walking on a sidewalk that as they were chasing my brother and they got on the sidewalk and side-swiped her.”

Local news crews talked to the owner of the bond agency, Robert Muse and received the following statement:

“All bail agents acted in accordance with the State of Idaho Bail Act and 1872 U.S. Supreme Court case federal authority.”

The Supreme Court case referenced by Muse involves a ruling that gives bail enforcement agencies a great deal of power when searching for a suspect.

Prosecuting attorney Bryan Taylor says “There are a lot fewer rules for the bondsman than there are for law enforcement.”

Martinez says she understands that her brother needs to be held responsible for his crime, but she believes he should not have been treated the way he was.

The case is under review. The bond agency claims that they did not damage any property and they did not injure any bystanders during the chase.



Posted on September 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM