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06/22/03

Mom Wants Son Out Of Mexican Jail

Fugitive and convicted rapist, Andrew Luster is behind bars in California. Luster was apprehended by a crew of bounty hunters last week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After capture, Luster was extradited to the United States, but the bounty hunters we're thrown in jail.

Timothy Chapman along with brother Duane "Dog" Chapman, Duane's son Leland, a TV producer and camera man remain in Mexican custody Sunday, for the capture of Andrew Luster at a Taco Stand on Wednesday.

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"That's correct because they are not actually law enforcement," mother of bounty hunter Timothy Chapman, Dianne Carpender said.

Carpender worries about what might happen to her son in Mexico.

"I don't know exactly what went wrong. I've talked to him once, since he's been down there and that was just yesterday.  But he said he's been sleeping on concrete for three days, so that doesn't seem real pleasant, and he said he would have stories to tell me when he got home," Carpendar said.

Dianne said she's proud of Timothy for taking a rapist off the street, but says realistically these last few days have been nothing but torture.

What went through your head when you heard, your son is in a Mexican Jail?

"Horror stories, because everyone hears that, that's not the most pleasant experience to be in, and you're children don't ever get so old that they're not considered your babies," Carpender said.

For the past several nights on TV, Diane watches TV for any new information. Interest in the story has caught national attention. Mexican officials allowed the American detainees to talk to the media.

"They have been kind to us and have the utmost respect. I wanted to let my wife know I'm OK, she's seven months pregnant," Timony Chapman said from Mexico.

"I work in reality TV and this is about as reality as you can get. I was looking for a story like you all are," Jeff Sells said to reporters during the news conference.

With your help Dianne hopes this story will have a happy ending.

"I have a lot of faith and I believe this is all going to work itself out, but if the public would just e-mail the governor of Mexico, with American support and the support of these guys who took the predator off the street.

In 2000, in an unprecedented decision, three California state appellate court justice ordered Luster's bail lowered from ten million dollars, to one million dollars. It was the first reversal of a bail setting in the 18 year history of the court. After the decision, Luster said he was ecstatic to hear that now he had the chance to post bail.

Although still in Mexican custody, the Americans have been moved out of the prison and into house arrest, at an undisclosed hotel.

The group is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

By Nathan Mihelich

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