The hunt is on … for real. It’s no joke. Duane Dog Chapman is hot on the trail of Jon Koppenhaver, a.k.a. War Machine, who is wanted by law enforcement in Las Vegas, Nevada, after an alleged early-morning sadistic rampage that put his ex-girlfriend, Christy Mack, in the hospital with a host of horrific injuries.
The damage done was remarkable (photo evidence). Dog, of course, is the world’s most famous bounty hunter thanks to a hit show on A&E (and now CMT) that followed him and his crew as they tracked down criminals who skipped bond or who otherwise alluded authorities.
And when he took to Twitter.com last night to warn War Machine that he was coming, most figured it was much ado about nothing. It’s not. In fact, Dog has been on the case for several days, way before the warrants for War Machine were issued earlier this week.
Indeed, he’s already completed most of his investigation — spoken with friends, family and others, etc. — and is set to start pounding the pavement in search of the mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran … with camera crew in tow. Not before, however, he gave War Machine the opportunity to turn himself in.
He’s already imposed a six-hour deadline, one that expired at 8 p.m. ET. In other words, the hunt for War Machine is officially on. We spoke with Dog moments before he and his team set out — from an undisclosed location– and he’s confident that he will be the one to bring him to justice.
Seriously: How on Earth did you get involved in something like this? I have friends in the MMA world, so you know how that goes. If it’s something that happens in your domain or area of expertise then you know what’s going on. We heard about it right away. And there was a couple of people who requested that we get involved so, that’s what I do for a living. That’s how we actually first found out about it. It took awhile for the seven warrants, or whatever it is, to be on paper and be issued.
I can’t pull the trigger until [those] are out there. Once everything was entered into the system, we could do our thing. What makes you so interested in this specific situation … is it for publicity or is there some emotional reaction after hearing her account of what happened. This is a domestic violence situation between a low-life MMA fighter and a porn star. That’s a good question. Honestly, anytime a fugitive in America is on the run, that’s what I do for a living for the past 30 years.
And then, of course, I am a husband and a father. Anytime any kind of girl is beaten like this by any kind of man — and he’s been on the run — he enters into not an MMA ring, but Dog’s Ring. Any fugitive in America knows that if you go on the run and you do something that horrendous to be on the run, Dog Chapman and crew are coming after you. Everybody has at least known that for 11 years from the television show, but probably 20 years in the area in which we used to live.
It’s kind of like a natural thing, like a fireman who sees a building on fire. He is going to be attracted to that. And the circumstances with her being a defenseless girl and him being a modern-day O.J. Simpson, everyone is lucky — especially her — that she is not dead. I didn’t know what she did for a living until today, actually. What do you say to those folks who think she brought this on herself, knowing he had a violent, checkered past and she was an adult film star?
I try to be a Christian, or I at least claim to be, and there’s a story about Jesus and a young lady named Mary Magdalene, and I think she might have done the same thing for a living. So, I don’t care what she does for a living, what her preferences are or anything like that. This guy did a terrible, horrendous thing to a woman. And there is so many people who I can’t believe on social media who thought she deserves this. And I was thinking, wait a minute, these kids — these younger guys — need to realize and be taught that you don’t hit a woman. I was told, There was no referee. He just kept beating her and the blood was flying off her face into his mouth.
There was no ref to stop it. And when you hear that kind of stuff, it’s like the D is in the sky, brotha.’ It just gets my adrenaline and Americanism [pumping] … the bounty hunter in me comes out. As you know, there are three sides to every story … any sliver of belief that War Machine might be getting the short end of the stick as he claims to suggest? I would think that unless he was born like this — and I hear his dad was a retired police detective in Los Angeles, Calif., who was one of the best. So let’s start with who made him, okay? I think that there is some kind of drug, brother, that is involved, whether it be steroids or some other substance because I hope to God this guy isn’t naturally like this.
I don’t think he was drunk. What I found through my initial investigation is that in the last three or four years, his life and personality took a nose dive. That comes from talking to people on both sides — families, neighbors, relatives — we’ve talked to a lot of people already. I think that he needs to turn himself into me, tell his side of the story and get out of whatever is causing him problems. Again, I’ve heard it’s steroids, but whatever, he needs to get in prison, dry out and then maybe come out and be a referee or something.
We just have to teach these young guys and young people that you don’t hit a woman. And I guess, like a said, bruh, she has so many bones broken that she is very lucky to be alive. I guess he broke the knife he [pulled on her and cut her with] … she’s very lucky to be alive and he’s very lucky he’s not being sought for first-degree murder right now. What do you say to those who might be harboring him? He’s got a lot of friends. So what you are going to see soon through social media — this is a social media kind of hunt, you don’t go to 7-Eleven and pass out mugshots on this one.
This one we have to cover everything … and social media does that. So, pretty soon on social media some of his best friends, relatives and people close to him are going to start telling him to call Dog because this is it. And, hopefully, he doesn’t want to do suicide by cop — he’s very depressed. Very soon you are going to see pleas for him to come in because we are going to catch him — we are very close to him right now. We just have to handle it right because we don’t want anyone killed.
In this day and age, does technology make it easier to track a fugitive (cell phone triangulation, social media, ATM withdrawals, etc.)? Do you have any access to that technology? Oh yeah, we do. In today’s world, as you know, there more information you have, that’s your armory. The more connections you have, the better. So we have the best connections in the world. Now, what these guys do though is maybe hit the ATM one time — BING! Then they throw away their cards, throw away their phones — all that stuff is gone.
So, they have to create all brand new stuff. They’re not stupid. He is smart enough to throw away that stuff, don’t use credit cards, don’t check into a hotel with his real name. Somebody is going to see him. And as far as someone harboring him, you can get as much time for harboring someone as you can for doing the actual crime. Especially in a case like this where a guy almost kills a girl. He’s going to make a move soon and end up by himself.
I hope no one would hide someone like that — that’s just awful. He has to stop right now unless he wants to die. But, wait, you don’t use lethal force … For 31 years, I’ve used non-lethal weapons. My weapons will drop a rhinoceros. Brother, I can not believe the new stuff they got going on, I’m telling you. I used it the other day and I was like, Oh my God! And this guy was huge, more than 300 pounds. So, you don’t have to kill them. Over the years — after 6,500, 7,000 arrests — you realized you don’t need to use deadly force. We’ve gone up against guns, but it’s about who is quickest on the dra…
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