Bounty hunters charged after forcing veteran to ground

Bounty hunters charged after forcing veteran to ground at wrong address

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Mark Brummett, 33 Mark Brummett, 33
Angela Brummett, 35 Angela Brummett, 35
BETHPAGE, Tenn. -

Two Sumner County bounty hunters face charges after they went to a wrong address and allegedly held a veteran against his will on his own property earlier this month.

Nashville's News 2 Investigates has learned Mark and Angela Brummett are both licensed bounty hunters and work for Community Bonding in Gallatin.

Both face felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor false imprisonment for an incident that occurred after going to the wrong address on January 8.

Gene Travis said when he stepped outside his Bethpage home, he was targeted with a laser attached to a Taser. He previously told Nashville's News 2 Investigates he was held against his will and was forced to lie on the ground.

The arrest affidavit states the bounty hunters also made Travis walk the property and searched a barn while looking for a suspect, who they said was making meth on Travis' property.

After a few minutes, the bounty hunters realized they were at the wrong house and apologized to 62-year-old Travis.

Travis said he and his wife were terrified during the whole ordeal and thought the bounty hunters might be drug dealers.

"I thought I was gone. I got concerned about my life and the life of my wife," Travis previously told Nashville's News 2 Investigates. "If they are going to be allowed to do it they need to do it in a responsible manner."

Nashville's News 2 Investigates made numerous attempts to get a comment regarding the incident from the bonding company, but was asked to leave the premises.  

However, Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitley said the Brummetts need to be held accountable for their actions.

"They don't have more rights than anybody else," he said, adding, "This is something that should not have happened and we need to take care of it."

Travis said the owner of the bonding company has since called him to apologize for the incident.

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