This is a guest article by Bail Recovery Agent (AKA Bounty Hunter) Jason Pollock. I have not changed the article, other than to make it read less like an FBI report – Simon
Hunting people is always interesting, you never know what might happen. The best laid plans of ‘Mice and Men’ can go down the drain in a heartbeat. Probably it should come as no surprise that on occasions it is not the person you are hunting that causes problems, rather it is their friends and family. There was a delightful case a while ago. There was a young lady who I rather needed to put back in custody. Her last known address was her father’s. Stealth did not seem to be required so…
I openly approached and knocked on the front door. The accused’s father answered the door and I identified myself to him as being a bail recovery agent. I asked him whether or not his daughter, the accused, was home. He told me that his daughter did not currently live there with him and further stated that he did not know where she currently lived, nor did he know her telephone number.
Hmm Plan A was a bust! Or was it?
Based on his body language, listening to his specific choice of words and the types of answers that he provided to my interview questions, I deduced that he was blatantly lying to me, so I warned him about the potential hazards of aiding and abetting a known wanted fugitive and got out of the area.
Hunting people is not that different to hunting anything, except that people tend to make more mistakes than most other large game. It was time to ‘chum the water’ (fishing term) or bait the trap (hunting term). I was pretty certain that the young lady was in the house. But kicking down doors is not my style.
A short time later I utilized a more subtle approach. I brought three other bail recovery agents with me and we put plan B into effect. Two of my team members and I approached the residence and stood in front of the garage door, which was nearby yet out of sight of the front door. The ruse ensued with one of my team members approaching the front door to the suspected residence with a large, boxed package in hand which was addressed to the accused as being the intended recipient. The accused’s father answered the door and stated that his daughter wasn’t currently home, but that he could accept the package for her. Our “courier” informed the accused’s father that only the intended recipient would be allowed to personally accept delivery of the package and that she would be required to show a photographic identification and sign for it.
The accused’s father responded to this approach by loudly calling for his daughter to come to the front door because she had a pending delivery and every member of my team heard his summons. Our “courier” asked the accused for her name and she supplied it. Then, our “courier” requested to review her photographic identification, which she eagerly provided. As the accused was signing for her delivery, the remainder of our team approached the front door. The young lady ran to her bedroom in an attempt to evade capture, but her effort was futile.
Jason Pollock has been in the bail bond and recovery agent field since 1999, he calls LA home and can be reached through his web site http://www.suretyriskmanagement.com/