For more than a year, Hammond, now 27, ran a company he called the
Midwest Fugitive Task Force. He dressed in tactical gear and carried
guns, a Taser, a badge, and a patch identifying him as an agent. At
least eight times, he kidnapped people who had skipped bail and received
payment from an actual bail bondsman for returning them. Hammond also
falsely claimed on several occasions that he was a federal agent.
knew how to talk like a cop. He knew the lingo, and people believed
him,” said Officer Roger Dickinson of the Columbus Police Department,
who serves on the FBI Cincinnati Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task
Bail bondsman licensing varies by state, and Hammond
did not have a proper license to operate in Ohio. Hammond was an
authorized employee of a private security company, but that license did
not allow him to run his own operation.
Hammond wanted to imitate
police officers but his behavior differed from that of legitimate law
enforcement personnel. He carried an assault rifle, violated
individuals’ rights, and demeaned those he interacted with,
investigators said. Hammond even once pointed an assault rifle at a
young child while trying to capture a fugitive.