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P.I. with Ties to Haleigh Cummings Case Arrested

6:47 PM, May 22, 2009   |    comments
William Eugene Staubs
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SATSUMA, FL -- A man whose name has been in the news in the search for Haleigh Cummings has been arrested.

William Eugene Staubs, also known as "Cobra," a private investigator and bounty hunter from south Florida, has been in Satsuma looking for the missing girl since March.

Staubs, 51, was arrested Friday.

According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Staubs is accused of throwing a 55-year-old man to the ground, handcuffing him and forcing him into Staubs' car on March 12.

The man had been arrested for sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12, and was bonded out of jail and wearing a GPS tracking device.

Staubs is accused of telling the man that he was revoking the man's bond.  Detectives determined that his bond had not been revoked; he had been bonded out by a licensed company and had committed no violations.

The bond company told police Staubs did not represent them.

After driving toward Palatka for a while and making several phone calls, Staubs took the man back home and let him go.

That was the information the man gave police, and witnesses said the same thing.

Staubs faces a charge of false imprisonment.

First Coast News

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