Dog the Bounty Hunter seems convinced that Brian Laundrie’s parents know more than what they’re saying. And he has a message for them about staying silent when the whole nation is hunting their son.
Weeks ago, when he first started searching for the 23-year-old boyfriend of Gabby Petito, Dog knocked on the Laundries’ front door in North Port, Florida. They refused to open it and even called the cops on Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman. But he told The Sun recently what he would’ve said to the parents if they’d taken the time to listen to him.
“I know what it is to have a son in jail, and I know every time they hear an ambulance there or siren, we can’t tell the difference,” Dog the Bounty Hunter told the outlet in an exclusive interview. More often than not, the parents he speaks to want to cover up for their fugitive children.
“I know a lot of things that, over the 40 years of experience I have catching criminals, that I know what to tell a parent,” he continued. “Fifty to 70 percent of the parents don’t tell me where [the fugitive is] at.
“They will sit right there and lie to me like crazy. After I capture their son or daughter, then they say, ‘Dog, we knew.’ And I say, ‘I know.’ And then they say, ‘What do you expect? It’s my child.'”
At this point, it’s unclear whether the Laundries know where their son is or not. He’s evaded the FBI, police, and Dog’s efforts for over a month now. If he’s still alive, people speculate that he must be receiving help somehow. Many people believe the Laundries’ lawyer, Steven Bertolino, acts as a liaison between the family and Brian.
Dog the Bounty Hunter Calls Out Laundrie Family Lawyer for Possible Knowledge of Brian’s Location
Bertolino’s made no secret of his disdain and disgust for Dog the Bounty Hunter, and it sounds like the feeling is mutual.
“If Brian is communicating with his parents through their lawyer, we’ve got a problem [with the] lawyer,” Dog said. “This client right privileges [have] gone a little bit too far. I really don’t think the lawyer is that stupid.”
But Dog the Bounty Hunter admits that the lawyer might pick and choose which information he hears from Brian Laundrie.
“I do think … he might be like, ‘I don’t want to hear that [or], ‘You can’t tell me that kind of stuff,’ because he’s come up with a few lies that I discovered. Where they were, where the sister was,” Dog said. “They were still here on the night and the next day.”
And Dog doesn’t think Chris and Roberta Laundrie are out of the hot water yet. In fact, he thinks it’s only a matter of time before the authorities really put the pressure on Brian’s parents.
“One of these days, the men in black are gonna knock on that door and say ‘Excuse me, Mr. Chris, but we have a United States warrant for your arrest,'” Dog concluded.