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Dog the Bounty Hunter could end up in handcuffs if he apprehends Brian Laundrie, leaves search after injuring himself

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Could this be a case of law bites Dog?

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Duane Chapman, known to reality TV fans as Dog the Bounty Hunter, has absolutely no power to detain Brian Laundrie if he ever catches up with him.

Laundrie is a person of interest in the death of Gabby Petito. Petito’s body was found last month in Wyoming and her death was declared a homicide. She was last heard from on Aug. 25. She was reported missing on Sept. 11, which was 10 days after Laundrie, 23, returned alone to North Port, Florida, where they lived.

After his return, Laundrie told his family he was heading to a nature reserve, but a search there has not turned up any sign of him. Chapman entered the search for Laundrie last month. Chapman was in Florida for his honeymoon, after marrying his new wife, Francie, on Sept. 2. He said he was intrigued by the case and felt sorry for Petito’s family.

Mike Harrison, vice president of the Florida Bail Bondsmen Association, said Chapman could face criminal charges if he finds Laundrie and holds onto him.

“That would be kidnapping or false imprisonment,” Harrison said.

Legally, Chapman is just like anyone else because he has no license as a bounty hunter or private investigator, according to the report.

That would mean that if Chapman were to try to arrest Laundrie, it would be the equivalent of a citizen’s arrest, which would only be valid if the citizen catches a criminal in the act of committing a crime.

The report said a 1976 conviction for first-degree murder over a crime in which Chapman drove the getaway car, but did not participate in the killing, is the reason Chapman can’t get a license.

Jennifer Willingham,  Chapman’s publicist, said in an email there is “nothing tenuous” concerning Chapman’s legal status.

In a recent interview with The Sun, Chapman said Laundrie had a very dark side, judging from his books.

“I’m thinking more and more about him being maybe a serial killer, not just a killer of Gabby. The books he read are unbelievable,” said Chapman.

“A couple of the books that he’s been reading are 10 times worse than Dungeon and Dragons. This kid, Brian, has taken those books, obviously to heart,” he said.

“And this is what happens when your kid is looking at those kinds of things. He just overnight just didn’t become a killer. A killer is made, and he is built to be, or she, a killer,” he said.

Laundrie has not been charged with a crime in connection with Petito’s death.

Dog the Bounty Hunter leaves Brian Laundrie search after injuring himself

Dog the Bounty Hunter has left his search for Brian Laundrie due to an injury.

The reality television star, 68, has been leading a high-profile search for the 23-year-old fugitive who is wanted in connection with the murder of his fiancee Gabby Petito.

Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, has gone back to Colorado while his team remains on the search in Florida.

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Megan Thee Stallion announces new partnership with Popeyes with her own restaurant, ‘Hottie’ hot sauce, merchandise

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It’s time to get in line at your nearest Popeyes because Megan Thee Stallion has signed a deal with the global fast-food company. 

The “WAP” artist took to her Instagram on Thursday (Oct. 14) to announce that she will have her very own Popeyes restaurant, new hot sauce (Megan Thee Stallion Hottie Sauce), and co-branded merchandise.

Fans will not only be able to buy the critically-acclaimed chicken sandwich (as well as other menu items of course) but bikinis, shirts, hats, tumblers and Popeyes chicken tenders plush dog toys to match.

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The partnership begins on Tuesday (Oct. 19) and you can purchase the first of three exclusive, limited edition merch drops at TheeHottieSauce.com starting at 12PM ET.

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Brian Laundrie ‘forced Gabby Petito to say she was his fiancé’ and acted ‘strange’ at store ‘hours before she died’

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Brian Laundrie “prompted” Gabby Petito to say she was engaged during an “odd” encounter at an Idaho ice cream shop shortly before she died, a store worker has claimed.

Sunny Mason, who works at Victor Emporium, just 30 miles from Grand Teton National Park, says she believes Gabby, 22, and Brian, 23, stopped by her store on either August 25 or August 26.

August 25 is the date Gabby uploaded what would be her final Instagram post and Facetimed her mother for the last time.

August 26 is the day before witnesses claimed to have seen Brian screaming at wait staff in a Wyoming restaurant while Gabby stood nearby in tears.

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Gabby Petito was strangled with ‘human hands’; body was dumped ‘quick’, experts say

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Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old YouTuber who never returned alive from her cross-country trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie, was killed by strangulation and was dumped “quick,” according to an expert.

In a final autopsy report released Tuesday, Teton County Coroner Brent Blue revealed that Petito died by “manual strangulation” or “throttling,” which according to him meant that she was killed using human hands.

“Throttling generally means that it was done with human hands as opposed to an instrument. It doesn’t necessarily have to be, but manual strangulation basically means it was not done with equipment,” Blue told NewsNationsNow.com.

This August 12, 2021, still image from a police bodycam released by the Moab City Police Department in Utah, shows Gabrielle Petito speaking with police as they responded to an altercation between Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie (Photo: Moab City Police Department/Handout)

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