So what do you get when you pair a man that hunts humans for a living and a human on the run from the law? "Dog" the Bounty Hunter chasing down War Machine (The artist formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver) in a sordid tale of vicious domestic abuse that has left many wondering just how this crazy story is going to end.
In case you've been living under a rock, War Machine is wanted by the Las Vegas PD as the prime suspect in the horrific beating of his girlfriend, porn star, Christy Mack. Mack was left with 18 broken bones in her face, a ruptured liver and numerous other injuries. To date, 7 warrants have been issued for Machine's arrest.
Enter Duane "Dog" Chapman, who has made it his business to track down War Machine. In a recent interview with MMA Mania, Chapman discusses the ongoing hunt for MMA's most wanted. Here are a few quotes from the interview"
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 draw. If you have a firearm, and he outdraws you, you're shot. It's all about being smart. If you have a non-lethal weapon, and you're quicker on the draw than him, he's going down. We won't kill him, but at the same time, you won't see Dog Chapman versus the "War Machine" because I'm not stupid -- he'd probably break my nose. But, you may see him eat Dog Chapman's taser.
You can check out the rest of this great interview here.