Bounty hunters have a dangerous job that offers a new experience each time

Bounty hunters have a dangerous job that offers a new experience each time
CLARKSTON, WA - Have you ever wondered what a bounty hunter does on a day to day basis?

There are some right here in the valley who go to the ends of the region to get people back to where they need to be.

It's a normal evening for Washington Special Service Agents Sam Hansen and Mike Ruchert. They've strapped on their bullet proof vests and got their guns locked and loaded as they head out to go bounty hunting.

"We've been called a few choice names and stuff like that," said Ruchert.

Bounty hunting often brings the wild west to mind...but in this day and age, finding people who've skipped out on paying their bail is just as prevalent. On this particular evening, they're looking for Dustin Billings, who didn't show up for court after being charged with assault domestic violence and driving with a suspended license. They've been tipped off that he's at his mother's house.

"When I knocked on the door, and they were telling me that he wasn't there," said Hansen. "Of course they always say that."

"I know they're going to be upset because usually it's their kid going to jail and a lot of times they usually don't have the money to get them back out," said Ruchert.

Billings' mother tells the bounty hunters he's not there, but after about five minutes of searching, they found him hiding in the closet.

"The guy was trying to keep me from coming in and I had to shove my way in there," said Hansen.

Billings surrendered to the professional bounty hunters and without any trouble, they escorted him to the county jail.

"They usually calm right down and they're normal people again," said Hansen.

Now that they've handled Billings, it's on to the next one. It's a fascinating glimpse into what can be, a dangerous job. But an exciting one, that offers a new experience every time.