Connecticut bounty hunters say they are not kidnappers

September 12, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Connecticut bounty hunters who insist they were acting legally are fighting kidnapping charges in Rhode Island.

Forty-five-year-old Angel Guadalupe and 40-year-old William Sobota, both charged with kidnapping and conspiracy, entered not guilty pleas on Tuesday. The Rhode Island Attorney General’s office says state law does not allow out-of-state “bounty hunters” to execute warrants in the state.

The two say they dispute the office’s interpretation of the law, arguing they were acting legally when they apprehended Julian Vasquez on an outstanding warrant in Connecticut. The Attorney General’s Office says the warrant was “non-extraditable.”

A Rhode Island Sheriff’s Department report indicates the bounty hunters provided licenses to deputies along with the warrant when detaining Vasquez. State police say Vasquez told them the two dragged him around a courthouse and mocked him.

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