El Paso County Sheriff's Office arrests five bounty hunters

El Paso County Sheriff's Office arrests five bounty hunters

El Paso County sheriff's deputies arrested five men Thursday.

Deputies responded to a call in Clint, Texas, on July 30.

A woman said several armed men forced their way into her home without her consent.

According to the arrest affidavit, the victim said the five men were looking for her husband who had outstanding criminal warrants.

The arrest report also stated that the men identified themselves as being part of the "Lone Star Fugitive Task Force" and the U.S. Marshals Service.

The arrest report said the men told the woman she was being placed under arrest for an outstanding criminal warrant for "hiding fugitives."

The men then took the woman to a gas station and handed her a phone and asked her to call her ex-husband.

The woman called her ex-husband and he told her he would meet them at the El Paso County Detention Facility to turn himself in. Once there, one of the men took her ex-husband into custody and released the woman.

The investigation found the woman was unlawfully removed from her home.

The investigation found none of the men were associated with any law enforcement agency. The Sheriff's Office said the men were bounty hunters.

Michael Nelson was arrested for burglary of habitation with intent to commit a felony, impersonating a public servant and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Angel Valles was arrested for burglary of habitation with intent to commit a felony and impersonating a public servant. Juan Montes, Cristian Jurado and Jeremy Johnson were all arrested for burglary of habitation with intent to commit a felony.

According to the arrest report the victim's brother was a witness to the incident. The report states the witness saw the men arrive at the home and he started recording incident.

Montes saw him recording and told him to stop recording. The witness said he ignored him and continued recording. The witness said he saw the man enter the home with long guns and saw the men leave the area with the woman.

Detectives conducting the investigation said Nelson told them he was hired by Montes as a private investigator. Nelson told detectives he never filled out an application paperwork.

Nelson told detectives they did enter the home and did detained the woman.

The report stated that an El Paso Police officer said he saw Montes and Nelson enter the jail and hand over the victim's ex-husband. The officer said the men presented themselves with badges and wearing tactical gear. The officer said once the victim's ex-husband warrants were confirmed they took custody of the victims ex-husband.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office worked with the El Paso FBI office on the investigation.

A local company, Recon Security, teaches classes for bounty hunters.

Instructor Oscar Macias said the laws are very clear.

"Follow the rules. Do not break into people's houses. Do not lie and tell them you're a peace officer," Macias said.

Macias said this incident makes him question the training, if any, these men had.

"It concerns me for what kind of training they got," he said. "Who's responsible for them? What company are they working for? It's just against the law. It's prohibited and you can get yourself in trouble."

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