'Hunted' fugitives Sentra Tran and Thu Tran captured by experts after lunch at Taco Bell
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/09/2017
Hunted fugitives Sentra Tran and Thu Tran were found and captured by the show's military and law enforcement experts during Wednesday night's episode on CBS.
"I don't know if I'm more disappointed that we got caught or that we got caught for something so stupid. As soon as I look at Sentra, it makes me want to cry because I feel like I let her down. It's silly because we weren't really expecting it at all," Thu said once her team's run was over.
Hunted features 18 ordinary United States citizens going on the run across 100,000 square miles of the southeastern United States as fugitives. They are challenged to disappear in one of the most technologically-advanced nations in the world, and if a team of two people can avoid capture for 28 days, the pair will win $250,000.
The 32 hunters use real-life techniques to find the fugitives, who are given a one-hour head start to get away and only have $500 in their bank accounts. The teams on the run are allowed to ask anyone for help and can travel anywhere within "the hunting zone," which includes Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia.
At the beginning of last night's episode, four teams had already been captured and five teams still remained.
Thu and Sentra had been tracked down at two different ATM machines as well as a gas station where they purchased a burner phone to call a friend Rob, whom the hunters then found.
Thu and Sentra managed to leave Rob's house before the hunters arrived and then traveled to a campsite about 100 miles away. On Day 14, Rob told the experts that he had dropped the girls off at a coffee shop, where the hunters found the license plate of the girls' getaway vehicle thanks to cameras.
The experts were able to track Thu and Sentra's SUV via readers on the highway. The team of best friends then made an epic mistake when they decided to get lunch at a nearby Taco Bell because they were hungry.
Although they asked a random man to go inside the fast-food chain and buy meals for them, the girls ate right in the parking lot and gave the experts enough time to catch up with them. Thu and Sentra were blocked into a parking spot by the hunters' vehicle and forced to get out of the car. Thu and Sentra were completely shocked they had been found.
Another team on the run in last night's episode was Aarif Mirza and Immad Ahmed, who traveled back and forth from water to land in a kayak. After taking money out of an ATM and googling locations of where one can kayak, hunters began looking for them via helicopter. The guys hid in a camper they borrowed from a stranger and decided to disguise themselves by shaving their heads and beards.
Married couple English King and Stephen King went on the run but had to find shelter close to their starting point when a terrible storm hit.
And as for David Windecher and Emiley Cox, hunters matched impressions on a calendar they had left behind with one particular destination, Vidalia, where David's friend Holly Waltman from law school lives. A tracker was put on Holly's phone, but the pair left her quickly and found a remote cabin to stay in.
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The impressive hunters this season include former FBI Robert Clark, former Navy SEAL Andy Stumpn, former CIA Connie Min, former U.S. Marshals commander Lenny DePaul, former British intelligence Ben Owen, former White House chief information officer Theresa Payton, former CIA analyst Aki Peritz, former NSA Cyber intelligence Landop UV, former military cyber expert Myke Cole, behavioral specialist Dr. Max Wachtel, former U.S. army special forces Chad Light, cyber analyst Charles Debarber, former naval intelligence Steve Masterson, intelligence analyst Zaira Pirzada, and Georgia swat commander Ry-Phi.