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Continued: St. Cloud bounty hunter is 'rock star'

  • Article by: AMY BOWEN , St. Cloud Times
  • Last update: December 23, 2013 - 7:44 PM

“He has the authority and ability to enforce the court’s order,” Kendall said. “Bill’s watching them, and they know it.”

The offenders know that if they mess with Nelson, they are messing with the judge’s order.

“He makes my job effective,” Kendall said. “This impacts these guys. He treats them with respect, but he carries out the orders.”

Nelson works for bond companies. If someone misses court, and the bond company is on the hook for the money, he looks for the person.

If he brings in the person, Nelson gets paid.

Safety is a primary concern. He uses everything from a bulletproof vest to a Taser when working. But Nelson avoids physical confrontations if at all possible.

“You don’t solve conflict by beating the hell out of people,” Nelson said. “You have to move smart. Treat people respectfully. By coming on strong, that doesn’t usually work.”

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  • Private investigator, bounty hunter, surveillance agent and seventh-degree black belt Bill Nelson in his office at the Soo Bahk Do martial arts studio in St. Cloud, Minn. “I work 90 hours a week,” he said. “But I say I’m retired because I love what I’m doing.”

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