Audubon couple attacked by people posing as bounty huntersFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - An Audubon couple says they're shaken, and the latest victims of violent bounty hunters, who were arrested in Cass County.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - An Audubon couple says they're shaken, and the latest victims of violent bounty hunters, who were arrested in Cass County.
They recognized the men from the story we brought you last night, realizing they're the same bounty hunters who busted into their home and threatened them with guns earlier this month.
Anthony Greeno and four other people who claim they're part of Northern Bounty Fugitive Enforcement were charged in Cass County just yesterday.
Fargo police say they were posing as bounty hunters.
And today we learned this same group may have been involved in other cases in our area.
It was late the night of Oct. 5 when Jonathan Gilbert and his girlfriend Lisa Nelson had some terrifying visitors.
Jonathan Gilbert: “Door busts open and I was tossed on the floor, they identified themselves as bail bondsmen recovery.”
Nelson had been in the other room sleeping at the time.
Lisa Nelson: “And I heard screaming of get on the floor, get on the floor, get on the floor.”
Gilbert: “Barged right in, tossed me on the floor, handcuffed me.”
Then they moved on to his girlfriend.
Nelson: “They told me that I needed to put my hands up or they would shoot me.”
Gilbert says the group of more than a dozen was there after he failed to show for court in Richland County, on a misdemeanor driving related violation.
Nelson: “They had our whole block surrounded.”
Gilbert says they brought him outside, loaded him up in one of the bondsman's personal vehicles, then drove him to the jail in Wahpeton.
Gilbert: “Like I'm a felon.”
And just Tuesday night while watching WDAY, they saw these men for the second time, this time arrested in Cass County after breaking into the wrong apartment while trying to collect a bond there.
And police say they don't appear to even be licensed bounty hunters.
Gilbert: “Oh it pisses me off. I feel like they have no right taking me into custody, across state lines.”
Nelson: “How do I trust one law enforcement agency when I find out these people aren't even licensed, they're not real.”
And the two can't believe this group could be so violent on only a misdemeanor charge.
Nelson: “What they did was illegal, unbelievable, and scary as hell.”
They plan to speak with law enforcement and attorneys to see what can be done.
The owner of Stubstad insurance and bonding company in charge of handling Gilbert's bond in Richland County was not available for comment.