An arrest warrant has been issued for reality television star Beth Chapman for the alleged harassment of a teenage girl at Monument Lake.
The warrant was issued July 19 for the incident that occurred on July 10. Chapman is the wife of Duane `Dog' Chapman and appears with him in the reality TV series “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”
According to the arrest affidavit and witness statements the Chapmans were fishing at Monument Lake when the teenage girl and her boyfriend arrived at the lake. Witnesses told police that Beth Chapman yelled at the teenage boy because she thought he was driving too fast and then began yelling at the teenage girl, calling her names and was very mean to her.
The two teens left, worried that it would escalate, and then the Chapmans left, getting into a black Suburban and `peeling out.' A short time later the two teens called El Paso County dispatch and asked to meet a Monument police officer at the lake to talk about what happened. The officer gave the teens written statement forms and asked them to fill them out. Their statements were consistent with witness reports.
Prior to the officer going to the lake to talk to the teens, he saw a call for service regarding the open carry of a gun at the lake. The officer went to the lake to see if he could find who made the call after another officer tried to call the reporting party, who later turned out to be Beth Chapman, but only got a voice mail.
The officer talked to two young men, one of which had a firearm in his holster. That was when the officer learned about Beth Chapman yelling at the teen girl. One of the men told the officer that Duane Chapman had initially yelled at him, telling him that it was a felony to open carry. The Chapmans own a home in Douglas County.
According to the arrest warrant another witness told police that at one point, “Duane started yelling at Beth and telling her to stop acting stupid and get in the car.”
The Monument Police Department attempted to contact Beth Chapman several times but the calls went directly to voice mail and she didn't call back.
In situations like these, a summons would be issued, but Beth Chapman did not return calls made by the Monument Police Department, so an arrest warrant was issued. Since the arrest warrant was issued, Beth Chapman's attorneys have been in contact with MPD.
“Her attorney has contacted us and they have made arrangements to take care of the warrant and get this resolved,” Lt. Steve Burk, public information officer, for the Monument Police Department, said.