An Arizona bounty hunter has been arrested after he mistakenly targeted a local police chief while trying to take down a fugitive.
Bounty hunter Brent Farley, 43, was trying to corner an Oklahoma man on the run when he received an erroneous social media tip giving him an address to find the fugitive at. According to New York Daily News, Farley and his team of 11 men headed to the home armed with flashlights and handguns in the hopes of taking down a criminal.
Unfortunately for them, the home turned out to be owned by Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner.
“They had his home surrounded and they are banging on the door trying to get in and trying to gain access,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump recounted.
Yahner woke up and grabbed his police baton before telling the men that the fugitive was not at the address, and warning them to leave. When they refused to do so, Farley was arrested for criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.
“There are a lot of things that went wrong here,” Crump said. “Not to mention the fact that they were refusing to leave his property.”
Farley is the owner of Northstar Fugitive Recovery in Mesa, Arizona. The fugitive he was looking for is described as a 6-foot-3, 300-pound black male who is wanted on drug charges.
That criminal is still at large.