PROVIDENCE (AP) — Two Connecticut bounty hunters who insist they were acting legally are fighting kidnapping charges in Rhode Island. Angel Guadalupe, 45, and William Sobota, 40, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of kidnapping and conspiracy.
The state Attorney General’s Office said that state law does not allow out-of-state “bounty hunters” to execute warrants in the state.
The two are disputing the attorney general’s interpretation of the law. They said they were acting legally when they apprehended Julian Vasquez on a warrant from Connecticut. The Attorney General’s Office said the warrant was “non-extraditable.”
A Rhode Island Sheriff’s Department report said the men provided licenses to deputies along with the warrant when detaining Vasquez. State police said Vasquez complained that the men dragged him around a courthouse and mocked him.