PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Five Americans were released from a Mexican jail Saturday, days after allegedly capturing the fugitive heir to the Max Factor (search) fortune, a convicted rapist.
But the five, including three bounty hunters, a television producer and an actor, must remain in Mexico under the terms of the release, their attorneys said. Authorities did not comment on the release. Leaving police custody Saturday, the men declined to be interviewed.
Hawaii-based Duane "Dog" Chapman (search); his brother, Timothy; his son, Leland; producer Jeff Sells and actor Boris Krutonog were arrested Wednesday about two hours after they captured Andrew Luster (search) near a Puerto Vallarta taco stand where he had just ordered breakfast.
Authorities expelled Luster to the United States, and the cosmetics heir has begun a serving a 124-year prison sentence in Los Angeles for drugging and raping three women.
Mexican prosecutor Marco Roberto Juarez said Friday the five Americans will be charged with criminal association and illegal deprivation of liberty, similar to kidnapping without requesting a ransom. Both charges carry a maximum of four years in prison.
"These people carried out the detention here without any support or collaboration from any Mexican authority," Juarez said.
All five posted bail of $1,430 and were being turned over to the National Immigration Institute for questioning.
Mexican officials argue that Chapman and the rest of his crew should have gone to police instead of trying to whisk Luster out of Mexico for a reward.
Before coming to Mexico, Chapman told reporters he hoped to reap a reward from the $1 million bail that Luster forfeited by fleeing his Los Angeles trial. But bounty hunters have no special privileges in Mexico.
Krutonog has had roles in films such as The Italian Job, Air Force One and Hunt for Red October. Sells apparently was working on a television program about Chapman.