Ralph: If Silva runs, I’ll catch him

Ralph the bounty hunter.

Activist Ralph Lee White told me he’ll not only post a property bond for jailed former Mayor Anthony Silva — as he implies in today’s news story — he’ll personally chase Silva down if he jumps bail.

Silva’s bail, reduced to $350,000, requires $35,000 cash and the balance in cash or a property bond. I’m told when bail is property, the amount is double. So if someone comes up with the $35,000 White will have to put up a $630,000 property bond.

I asked White why he’d do that. “Because I don’t think its right,” White said. “And I realy don’t think he’s guilty of anything. And it’s not fair what they’re doing to him.”

Notably, White is unwilling to post the $35k cash. If additional charges are brought against Silva, as White well knows, being a bailbondsman himself, that money is not refunded.

But, “If they come to me with the money, he’s walking,” White said.

Walking, fine … but when it he runs? What if Silva were to jump bail?

“I got everybody else who ever ran on me,” White said. “I ain’t lost one since I went into the bail bond buisiness. I been some hell-of-a-places to get ‘em. I’ve been to Danville, Ky. I been to Seattle. I been to New York.”

“I went an got ‘em in bed while they laying there alseep,” White laughed. “They wake up and see me.”

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