Boston Police: Dzhokar Tsarnaev, Second Boston Bombing Suspect Captured
UPDATE 7:49pm – “CAPTURED!!!” That’s the first word in a tweet by Bostonpolice about the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured alive from a boat stored in the yard of a home in Watertown. That’s the same suburb where his older brother and accomplice was killed in a shootout early today. Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick thanked all law enforcement agencies involved on behalf of those killed and wounded in the terror attack.
Live TV coverage shows residents ofWatertown,Mass., out in the street and in high spirits following the capture of the second of two suspects in Monday’s terror attack inBoston. Law enforcement units leaving the scene have been applauded by folks filling the streets. They and others in theBostonarea had spent most of the day inside at the request of local leaders.
Police say three people have been taken into custody for questioning at a housing complex where the younger marathon bombing suspect may have lived. New Bedford Police Lt. Robert Richard says a private complex of off-campus housing at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth was searched by federal authorities Friday evening. Richard says the FBI took two males and one female into custody for questioning.
More is being learned about the two figures at the center of Boston Marathon bombings. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was 26, was an amateur boxer. Federal officials say he was interviewed by the FBI at the request of an unknown foreign government in 2011. The younger brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar was popular in high school, won a city scholarship for college and liked to hang out with Russian friends off-campus.
UPDATE 7:06pm - WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Boston Police say a 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings is in custody after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.
Police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed Friday in a furious attempt to escape police.
The brothers are suspects in Monday’s marathon bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 180 others. The men are also suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer in his vehicle late Thursday.
Authorities in Boston had suspended all mass transit and warned close to 1 million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay indoors as the hunt for the remaining suspect went on.
UPDATE 6:46pm – Boston Police have announced they have captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 2nd suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing and the murder of a campus police officer.
UPDATE 6:26pm- WATERTOWN,Mass.(AP) — A law enforcement official says the suspect being hunted in the Boston Marathon bombing is in a boat stored in a Watertown,Mass., neighborhood.
The official said he was briefed on the situation and spoke on condition of anonymity because he’s not authorized to discuss it publicly.
The official does not know if Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is dead or alive.
UPDATE 6:08pm - WATERTOWN,Mass.(AP) — A round of blasts has been heard inWatertown,Mass., amid the search for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Emergency and military vehicles sped through town after an earlier burst of gunfire.
State police spokesman David Procopio says there is “renewed activity in Watertown” is connected to the search for 19-year-old college student Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Authorities are telling residents of the area to stay indoors.
The burst of activity came at the end of a tense day in and around Boston, and less than an hour after police announced that they were scaling back the hunt because they had come up empty-handed following an all-day search that sent thousands of SWAT team officers into the streets and paralyzed the metropolitan area.
UPDATE 5:38pm - WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Mass. state police spokesman: ‘Renewed activity in Watertown related to today’s events’
UPDATE 5:14pm - The sound of gunfire has been reported in Watertown, Mass., where authorities have been searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Television footage is showing emergency and military vehicles speeding through town Friday evening.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether authorities had found 19-year-old college student Dzhokar Tsarnaev.
Authorities are telling residents of the area to stay indoors.
UPDATE 12:31pm: BOSTON (AP) — The dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer allegedly killed by the bombing suspects have links to the same boxing gym.
Bob Covino, who co-founded the Somerville Boxing Club, says 26-year-old bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsarh-NY’-ev) trained at the gym several years ago. Covino says the MIT officer slain by the bombing suspects, Sean Collier, began volunteering at the gym seven or eight months ago.
Covino says it’s very unlikely that the two men crossed paths at the gym, because he hasn’t seen Tsarnaev for several years and Collier only came over recently.
Covino says Collier had been helping teach the younger boxers. The officer also set up a website for the gym.
UPDATE 12:25pm: WEST NEW YORK, N.J. (AP) — The FBI has removed a computer from the New Jersey home of the sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
Police in West New York say the woman is cooperating in the investigation, but they didn’t immediately release her name. They have cordoned off the three-story brick building across the Hudson River from New York City.
The woman, speaking earlier through a crack in the door, told News12 New Jersey and The Star-Ledger she is sorry for the families that lost loved ones.
She says she doesn’t know what got into her brothers. At the same time, she says she doesn’t know if it’s true that her brothers were responsible.
Her brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed overnight in a shootout with police outside Boston. Her younger brother remains at large.
UPDATE 11:03am: WEST NEW YORK, N.J. (AP) — The FBI is at the northern New Jersey home of the sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
The police director in West New York, N.J., says the woman has told authorities she has not been in frequent touch with her brothers. He says she is very upset.
Police did not have her name.
They have cordoned off the three-story brick building across the Hudson River from New York City.
The woman, speaking through a crack in the door, tells The Star-Ledger of Newark her brothers are smart and great people. She says she doesn’t know what got into them.
She also tells the newspaper she is sorry for “all the people who are hurt.”
UPDATE 10:44am: WASHINGTON (AP) — The senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects had collected pipe bombs, grenades and improvised explosive devices before they confronted police.Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger said that the brother who fled after a furious gunfight hurled some of the devices at police as he drove away in a stolen car.
The Maryland Democrat said, “They clearly amassed a small arsenal of explosives.”
Ruppersberger, who was briefed by authorities,said U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials plan to quickly pivot from their search for the surviving suspect to learn whether the brothers had any help or contact from terrorist groups inside or outside the U.S. Ruppersberger said authorities likely will ask Russian officials for evidence in Chechnya and other nearby Russian regions.
UPDATE 9:41am: MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md. (AP) — The uncle of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect is urging his nephew to turn himself in.
Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., said Friday that 19-year-old Dzhozkar Tsarnaev should turn himself in to police and ask for forgiveness. Officials say Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a 26-year-old who had been known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1, was killed overnight.
The brothers came from a Russian region near Chechnya and lived together in Cambridge, Mass. Tsarni says he hasn’t seen them for several years.
He says the family is ashamed. He says he loves the U.S. and respects this country.
UPDATE 9:20am: CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Sean Collier had only worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for about a year. But he was already popular with his colleagues in the campus police department, as well as with students, often joining them on hiking and skiing trips.
Authorities say the 26-year-old Collier was shot and killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
MIT says Collier was a Wilmington native and Somerville resident who had worked at MIT since January 2012. Before that, he was a civilian employee of the Somerville Police Department.
MIT Chief John DiFava says Collier was a dedicated officer, liked by his colleagues and the MIT community.
MIT President L. Rafael Reif says Collier’s loss is “deeply painful.”
Collier was found shot several times in his vehicle at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
UPDATE 9:10am: WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama was briefed for an hour Friday morning on the developments in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.
Vice President Joe Biden also attended the briefing in the White House Situation Room. The briefing was led by Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Secretary of State John Kerry, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and CIA director John Brennan participated in the briefing via video conference.
The bombing suspects were identified by law enforcement officials as brothers from a Russian region near Chechnya. One suspect is dead and a second remains at large.
Thousands of officers have swarmed the streets in a manhunt that all but paralyzed the Boston area.
UPDATE 8:45am: MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police say a vehicle believed to be linked to a wanted Boston Marathon bombing suspect has been recovered.
Police said in a news release Friday that a gray Honda CRV with Massachusetts plates was found in Boston. Authorities had said earlier that the vehicle “could possibly be occupied by” the suspect wanted in the Boston attacks. The suspect has since been identified by law enforcement officials and family members as 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed overnight.
The news release provided scant other details about the vehicle.
The two men are suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer late Thursday, then stealing a car at gunpoint. Monday’s bombings killed three people and wounded more than 180 others.