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April 20th, 2013
01:47 AM ET

Robert Duffy, stepson of the man who discovered "Suspect #2": "At that point, he became an absolute hero"

On the heels of Friday evening's dramatic capture of the second suspect wanted in connection with Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon, Piers Morgan spoke on the phone with Robert Duffy, who supplied vidid detail as to the way in which 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev was discovered, and how authorities were ultimately alerted.

Duffy's mother and stepfather live in Watertown, Mass., and upon the lifting of the outdoor ban, the couple took a walk through their yard, and noticed something interesting:

"The wind had picked up during the day, and the tarp on his [David, Robert's stepfather] winterized boat had sort of been flapping in the wind," explained Duffy. "He got closer and realized that one of the retention straps had literally been cut."

Noticing some blood on the outside of the tarp, Duffy's stepfather used a stepladder to look inside of his boat:

"He definitely noticed that there was something crumpled up in a ball in the forward portion, and at that point, he became an absolute hero," Duffy said of his stepfather. "He did the right thing as law enforcement had urged, he jumped off the ladder and called 9-1-1. They were within foot traffic distance, immediately my mother and David were evacuated from the home."

Unable to take their cell phones with them, the Watertown residents couldn't get in touch with Duffy and his sister, creating a period of extreme tension:

"As the bullets were coming across the television, my sister and I were in close communication with each other. We only saw the bullets, we only heard that there was a man covered in blood in the boat. We couldn't reach the household, they had already been evacuated, unbeknownst to us," he told the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "It was absolutely horrifying for approximately 40 minutes, we had no idea what was going on."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Duffy goes on to explain the moment he learned his mother and stepfather were safe, at which point his "tears of horror, went to tears of joy."
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  1. Prime Minister George Grenville LEGEND


    I want you to stay in the United In A State,which shall hereby be known as Colonnus Britannicus,and,like me,tax the
    bejesus outta them;you're doing a great job bestriding Yankville like a Colossus,and they all love you,Piers,their Lord
    And Master,like I was,THREE different kinds of TAXATION,Piers,wonderful–and they were STILL LOYAL!

    What a bunch of mugs!

    Keep up the good work,George.

    April 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Piers Morgan

    Thanks for getting in touch!

    April 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Diane

    You always ask the right questions. I have one. Why is the truth that all of our "forces" and trained personnel did not look in the boat not being discussed? They had called off the search and a Civilian was the hero who found the second suspect. The inability of all of these law enforcement men not being able to find the young man does not inspire my confidence. How about you?

    April 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Hey Diane,recognise your name.

      A trail of blood,right?This all needs delving into,supposition he may have been disgruntled by the FBI interview at the
      behest of the Russians.It's a cat's cradle,alright.

      April 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • sm

        Hey Shepherd Dork! Keep your voice in England, We dont care about it Now! the American Spirit will Never Die!

        April 21, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Am I Vengeful? me...

        April 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      I have some inside information on this! Of course they will never tell you, but the yard was searched three separate times by supposedly trained observers, and Joe blow citizen finds it right away. Our police, FB I and military would not ever dare admit this. Wait till of trained true reporter gets his hands on this, they will be extremely embarrassed! Fortunately, Mr. Morgan is not one of them, and by one of them, I mean a trained reporter who will dig through thousands of pages to find this out! I wonder if this citizen owns any weapons that may offend Mr. Morgan even though he used a telephone instead. Thanks for bringing the topic up, and keep your posts coming.

      April 21, 2013 at 12:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • shepherdgregory

        You continually see their pictures close-up,and you can't but wonder on how innocent,and even doe-eyed they look...

        If there's something concrete on them that would convince us it would be prudent to do so;like you say,the press will
        be on it,fine toothcomb.And the elephant in the room?If not them...

        they're still out there.

        I just don't know WHERE this is gonna go...

        April 21, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
      • sm

        How Lame Terry! Knowbody in this life is perfect!!! The Planets all lined up for us this time..... Here's to the Hero of Boston Who put his life in Question and checked his boat, then called the Police!

        April 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve In Mo Thinks Bible Study Would Have Prevented Sandy Hook

    Well,he's a Silly Billy...

    April 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      Keep praying Stevie , See the Light Kid-o!

      April 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Terry

        You can call me lame all you want, but these are the people who were being praised so much by politicians for their great work, etc. and even with infrared cameras in helicopters, they still did not find him! It is retards like you who believe that gun registration will never lead to abuses by the same people. They got a great big pat on the back and when they were fired upon by the kid, they fired well over 100 rounds and still did not manage to kill him. Even though the homeowner does not want attention, they act like they were superheroes. What a joke!

        April 21, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • sm

        So what is it with you, What are you sayin? Do Nothing!!!!!!! ( Not ). Americans have spoke , we want new measures for security and safety for our kids. New Gun legislation!! 2014 and 2016 ( its ours again, Democracy). And Terrorism, we'll keepon moving forward everyday. Business as usual!!!!

        April 22, 2013 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
      • sm

        Stop it about the Home owner, He did what hes suppose to do, many would ignore. Give him his Due! your a coward or jelous! which is it? Terry!

        April 22, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Head Over Heels In Love With SM(Shame 'Bout Dana Currently In A Temple...CADAVEROUS!)


        I...think I'm in love with you.(I know I told you before,but I wanted to say it again now that Dana is DEAD,and residing in
        NRA Pauper's Graves which they'll be digging a lot of seeing as everyone(not you,my love)is spending a' thir money on...


        Twenty Candles.

        'Something happens and I'm head over heels...'

        Tears For Fears.

        April 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tesla

        It seems you all could use a timely removal of the kebab.

        April 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. America Couldn't Batter A Fish With A Basting Brush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Right...just hold that a minute...NOOOO!!!

    April 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Americans COME From Eggs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    April 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      Hey Loser! But a smoke bomb up your Butt and enjoy it!

      April 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • She Is Here


        April 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. How Many Americans Does It Take To INVENT A Light Bulb?

    None,Joseph Swan did,he was English.


    (You ungrateful curs,grrrrrrrr.)

    April 20, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tesla

      You seem rather upset. Perhaps you would like assistance in the removal of the kebab?

      April 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. xanas d

    Google: "What things about Piers Morgan was/is his wife attracted to? Does he have any attractive traits?"

    April 21, 2013 at 12:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Slimy Limey


      April 21, 2013 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. max
    Not only did Van Jones think that the 9/11 was an inside job but so did the nut - Tamerlan Tsarnaev so when you have him on your shoe ask him about that okay?

    April 21, 2013 at 8:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • America Is A Big Pile Of Pants And That's FINAL!


      April 21, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Americans Like Flowers And Sniffing Them Also


        April 21, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Uncle Sam Is As Good At Running His Affairs As He Is At Golf Or Tennis


        April 21, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Steve In Mo Is A Bible-Thumpin' Big Girl's Blouse Who Never Leaves The House

        Hi,I'm Steve,the Happy Emoticon Whilst We Gang To Hell In A Goodly Handcart Cos Of America's Incompetence!


        April 21, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Slimy Limey


        April 21, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Sebastian Sutton Couldn't Fiddle A Button


        April 21, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
      • America's Just A Bit Silly

        Silly shoe?

        April 21, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Americans Like Dressing As Sailors At The Gay Bar


        April 21, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Steve In Mo Thinks Bible Study Would Have Prevented Sandy Hook


        April 21, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
      • sm

        Majority America Takes Care of Business!!!!! Boston, What Class!!!! Haters can move to Chechenia!

        April 21, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tesla

        Very efficient removal of the kebab, eh?

        April 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Prime Minister George Grenville LEGEND


    How's the clubbing going?No,not the NIGHTclubbing,Piers,though picking up American women is a cakewalk if you're
    British and PROUD,Piers–just lie down my dear,and George will be with you...ANYWAY! YES! THE CLUBBING!

    LIKE SEALS,Piers,how many have you done?There are 330 million,you know,with 310million guns,Piers,minimum,
    and NOT A SINGLE ONE has the finesse of the Birmingham Brown Bess,Piers,beautiful stock,and BRITISH,Piers!

    LIKE US!

    I've been reading of a Mr.Daniel Boone,Piers,he's a chicken-chaser in Kenturkey,and said we're not even WORTH

    What do you make of that,Piers?(You can club while we talk–no,Piers,not having intercourse with American girls,
    we could do that all day:SCRAPING THEM OFF,PIERS!THINK IT'S THE ACCENT!

    Anyways,this Mr Boone,Piers,he works for Colonel Bill who now works for me,and they chase chickens all day,
    and they're the only thing he IS chasing!Why,Piers?Well,get this:DANIEL BOONE IS 55 YEARS OLD AND CAN*ahem*

    Keep clubbing,it's JUST the Drones!

    Carry on!

    April 21, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • The Immediate Colonisation Of Kenturkey By Imperial Britannicus The Biggest Power In The History Of Time

      ++++++++++++++++CONQUER+++++++++KENTURKEY+++++++++++TWO-BIT REDNECKS++++++BOONE BRAGGING GUNS

      Cut fingers........................................

      April 21, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. RobinRocks

    Just wanted to comment on the amazing capture events of the two bombers and murderers. It's sort of a "It takes a Village" deal. Civilian vigilance, store and everyman videos, On Top of It federal and local law enforcement. It feels miraculous. Unfolding in a near perfect apprehension. Who would ever want to mess with Boston. America seems to be getting appropriately angry... so much more powerful than frightened. All are in my prayers.

    April 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Sam

    This message is for Piers Morgan...What is Our Big Brother ( America) is doing, with all his power, we cant control atleast the killing of innocent people in Syria where the death toll rises to 70K
    Killing of innocent ppl anywhere in the world should be controlled by USA...No matter its here in home or anywhere in the world...Where we know The Person...specially when its one against millions...

    April 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      It's not the US's responsibility to sort it out,although John McCain certainly vociferous on this;after Gaddafi,the US,France
      and Britain were still cranked up militarily,and I believe may well have intervened,but PEOPLE DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW NOT REALISING HOW BAD IT WAS GONNA GET,and the iron went cold.I guess Syria is on the back burner right now,but it's a hectic time in the States,and the Russians arming Assad doesn't help.(A ship full of weapons off the West Coast Of Scotland was boarded,and Lloyds withdrew insurance forcing it to turn back.)

      Maybe 'John' Wayne La Pierre could succeed Putin...

      April 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. sm

    America got it right this weekend! Boston, What a City of Class.... You did real GOOD! Thank You..........

    April 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. sm

    America got it right this weekend! Boston, What a City of Class...............You Done Real Good!!!!!

    April 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. sm

    Don Lemon is the Man!!!!!!

    April 21, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • A Sniffing Bloodhound With A Bone...

      Who's Don Lemon?

      (You're in Boston,aren't you,my chickadee? TAXI ! )

      April 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. sm

    America Got It Right !!!!!!!! Boston, What Class............ Done Good!!!!!!

    April 21, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. sm

    Terry, your absolutely right, but go back to 1776, Our forefathers wanted an Honest days work and a good meal for their families, and possibly the new way was education. How do you Judge different Era's and Times. There was No Internet, Automobiles, Personal demands of personal wants_ it was what was best for the community and as a COUNTRY as a Whole, Which alomost every generation forgets each new spawn of a new Generation. Me , Me, Me and I, I ,I want and deserve. My 2nd and 1st Amendment. Alot of people dont deserve the time of day for there want and opinion because they divide the people and lost the meaning of a hard days work with their hands. And dont look out for their Community. Maybe we'll figure it out and shut some mouths along the way who dont give a " D about America as a Whole Country. You'll stand out in the End, believe me, your neighbors will see the ignorant! 2014 and 2016 The majority people ( not right and not left, but conservative, helpful, feed everyone, all about Education and a Safe new America) will remain in control and direct the Country to greatness again> please feed back, I'll debate!

    April 22, 2013 at 12:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. shepherdgregory

    'Crossing Continents' – BBC Radio 4 or World Service on Mexico's 11th Century nightmare,internecine as ever,hope not an
    encroaching malaise...Have a listen on website.

    April 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. shepherdgregory

    [21:30 GMT]


    What the blazes...

    April 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Hissing Sid

    Sssshed your ssskin,ssssm!

    April 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. shepherdgregory

    I was a bit hacked off with it all the other day,and had a look at Pravda's website,and namely some racist Russian
    visiting London(lucky them)bemoaning the amount of 'colored' people,and claiming there's hardly any Brits there which
    is ridiculous,and thinking Scotland isn't part of Great Britain which is risible(another Brit sent a comment saying exactly
    the same).They seem to have a real problem with black people in particular,and the government should be publishing
    hard-hitting pamphlets at least to try and combat this,but,oh no,they just spend their time trying to smuggle arms to
    Assad round our West Coast(HM Coastguard far smarter though).It reminded me America is a far better country–
    they certainly seem to have it in for you,but I'd trust them about as far as I could throw them,so I didn't care for it.

    It's ALL THE MORE REASON to try and SORT THINGS OUT without just buying yet more guns,and crossing our fingers.


    April 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Tesla And Here Be Dragons Are Holding Hands And Wearing Flowers In Our Hair (For Now)


    you do HAVE hair,Tesla?

    (Nikola didn't...)

    April 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tesla

      ...Who are you talking to? I just got to this thread...

      ...Also, can't say I've ever heard of Nikola Tesla being bald...

      Perhaps we should just remove the kebab and call it a day?

      April 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • sm

        Tesla hates those Kabobs, Dont eat them, Racsist!

        April 22, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Tesla

    Next step... remove kebab.

    April 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. sm is nasty to me and sm is nice to me and I don't know where I stand and I love her BAA! (I was so worried...)

    Hello?Bwaston Calling!

    (Or are you already there?)

    Don't go to Vancouver:Al-Qaeda's trying to kill us again,frying pans into fires...

    April 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Personal Training Long Island

    Piers, you rock my man.

    January 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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