CRIME

Bounty hunter arrested in raid on Phoenix police chief's home says anonymous tip came by text

  • Brent Farley speaks to the media while holding up a piece of paper listing his offences during a news conference held at Durango Jail in Phoenix, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Authorities said they are investigating whether a group of armed bounty hunters who mistakenly swarmed the Phoenix police chief's home were the victims of a prank. Farley, 43, is facing one count each of disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. (Isaac Hale/The Arizona Republic via AP)

    Brent Farley speaks to the media while holding up a piece of paper listing his offences during a news conference held at Durango Jail in Phoenix, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Authorities said they are investigating whether a group of armed bounty hunters who mistakenly swarmed the Phoenix police chief's home were the victims of a prank. Farley, 43, is facing one count each of disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. (Isaac Hale/The Arizona Republic via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Brent Farley. The 43-year-old Farley is facing one count each of disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing.  Authorities would not comment Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, on whether a group of armed bounty hunters who mistakenly swarmed the Phoenix police chief’s home were the victims of a prank. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    This undated photo provided by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Brent Farley. The 43-year-old Farley is facing one count each of disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. Authorities would not comment Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, on whether a group of armed bounty hunters who mistakenly swarmed the Phoenix police chief’s home were the victims of a prank. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brent Farley speaks to the media during a news conference held at Durango Jail in Phoenix, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Authorities said they are investigating whether a group of armed bounty hunters who mistakenly swarmed the Phoenix police chief's home were the victims of a prank. Farley, 43, is facing one count each of disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. (Isaac Hale/The Arizona Republic via AP)

    Brent Farley speaks to the media during a news conference held at Durango Jail in Phoenix, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Authorities said they are investigating whether a group of armed bounty hunters who mistakenly swarmed the Phoenix police chief's home were the victims of a prank. Farley, 43, is facing one count each of disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. (Isaac Hale/The Arizona Republic via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The owner of a bond-recovery company says an anonymous tip via text message led him and other armed bounty hunters to swarm the Phoenix police chief's home in search of a fugitive.

Brent Farley told Phoenix news station KNXV-TV (http://goo.gl/fMzWKM ) in a jailhouse interview that he and others wouldn't have gone to Chief Joe Yahner's home if they had known it was his. He says it's always possible tips won't be good.

Police arrested Farley after the Tuesday night incident. He faces charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing.

Officers responded to a 911 call from Yahner's home, finding it surrounded by armed employees of two bond-recovery companies.

Farley says the anonymous tipster sent a text from an Oklahoma number to say a fugitive sought on drug charges in that state was at the chief's house.