Men who had just finished working out at a Miami gym and were showering were stunned when six to eight armed bounty hunters wearing bullet-proof vests burst into the locker room.
WFOR-TV reported Scott Linnen saying he feels that his privacy rights were violated by the bondsmen seeking fugitives in the shower room.
“I was standing in a shower relaxed after having a good workout and the next thing I know I’m seeing a gun in my face,” Linnen said of the incident that occurred Tuesday night. “My first thought was I’m going to be shot.”
Although the bondsmen eventually told the shocked, naked patrons of Miami Beach’s David Barton Gym what they were searching for, Linnen says he is surprised “pulling a curtain aside and revealing me naked is apparently not breaking any kind of law.”
And according to Florida law, the bondsmen, believing a suspect was inside the gym, were within their rights to enter it. WFOR-TV reported Sgt. Bobby Hernandez with the Miami Beach Police Department saying “they work under whole different set of rules than police.”
Police would have needed a warrant to enter a third-party establishment, such as the gym.
The gym said in a statement it had “no control” over the situation, but it believes the bondmen “ignored our normal security measures.”
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