Police on Friday night arrested one suspect in the Boston marathon bombing, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, in a boat stored in a driveway in Watertown, Mass., following a daylong manhunt. A second susptect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar’s brother, died in a shootout Thursday night after a police officer was killed at MIT and the suspects led police on a chase that ended in explosions and gunfire.
Follow along below as the day and night unfolded on Friday. See here for the latest photographs from Boston.
As a light rain fell, a visibly tired and relieved phalanx of officials — including the mayor and the governor — gave their final remarks, exhausted and elated by the evening’s tumultuous events.
Police Commissioner Ed Davis recalled with emotion how the brutal attacks — which he had to watch repeatedly as investigators parsed through hundreds of minutes of digital files from mobile phones and cameras — had deeply affected him. He was moved by the bravery the officers and emergency personnel had shown in the moments following Monday’s blast.
“There’s no explaining savagery,” he said. Watching surveillance tape, he said, he got to see brutality in action “over and over again,” but he also got to see the bravery of the police and emergency responders.
“It made me proud to be a Boston police officer,” Davis said.
Authorities said they found the suspect after a resident in a home on Franklin Street — just outside the 20 block perimeter that had been shuttered for most of the day — noticed blood on the boat in the back yard, then pulled up the weatherproofing plastic and saw the suspect lying bleeding inside. The homeowner called 911 and a huge contingent of officers responded, exchanging gunfire with the suspect. As a standoff ensued, a hostage negotiating team was called in, but Davis said that the suspect was not communicative before he was taken into custody.
As residents stood on their front porches and cheered, the suspect was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is listed in serious condition. Authorities were not clear on the extent of his injuries Friday.
One sign that things may be returning to normal in Boston came from this message from the NHL.
— NHL (@NHL) April 20, 2013
Bruins and Red Sox games had been postponed this week following the bombings at the marathon on Monday.
President Obama hailed the work of law enforcement officials in the capture of the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect and said they were thwarted by the resolve of Americans as well.
Questions remain, the president said, about the attack Monday at the Boston Marathon — and in shootouts with authorities on Thursday night and early Friday.
“Why did young men who grew up and studied here … resort to such violence? How did they plan and carry out these attacks, and did they receive any help?” Obama asked.
He said the nation’s thoughts are with the more than 170 wounded and with the families of the three people killed in the two bombings Monday.
“We also send our prayers to the Collier family,” Obama said, referring to MIT police officer Sean Collier, 26. who was slain Thursday night.
Obama also sent condolences to the victims and their families in the massive fertilizer facility explosion in West, Texas, north of Waco.
POTUS: “I am confident that we have the courage, and the resilience, and the spirit to overcome these challenges”
— The White House (@whitehouse) April 20, 2013
The celebration continued into the night in Watertown. Residents took to the streets, many chanting “USA! USA!” after the capture of Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.
— Kelley Tuthill (@wcvbkelleyt) April 20, 2013
— Justin Solomon (@JSolomonCNBC) April 20, 2013
President Obama will deliver a statement tonight on the capture of bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. A White House email indicated the briefing would begin at 9:45 p.m., although it is expected to start shortly after a news conference wraps up in Watertown. Obama’s statement will be available live here.
Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner issued the following statement this evening:
“Tonight, the thanks of a grateful nation go out to every single federal, state, and local law enforcement official who went above and beyond to apprehend the Boston bombing suspect. It was a job well done under trying circumstances, to say the least. We are also proud of the people of Boston and Watertown for showing great resolve and assisting authorities throughout the ordeal. This has been a long day and a long week, but along the way we have gained many examples of courage and character. Humbled and inspired, let us now turn all our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. God bless America.”
State and federal officials on Friday night praised the work of their forces and their community in helping with the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon case.
Gov. Deval Patrick said the state — and the nation — can rest easier tonight with the capture of bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev in Watertown.
Officials reminded reporters of the three people who died in the bombings Monday, the MIT police officer killed last night and the transit officer hospitalized with serious wounds.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said hard work helped to bring a satisfactory conclusion to the case.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis credited the outpouring of citizens and their help with the resolution of Monday’s horror. His Watertown colleague said a citizen led police to Friday night’s capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. Tsarnaev was taken from a boat in a back yard of a home in Watertown, west of Boston.
Davis called the killing of MIT police officer Sean Collier a vicious assassination. “He was assassinated in his cruiser,” Davis said.
Gov Deval Patrick – thanking the members of the public for their extraordinary patience and helping capture suspect. twitter.com/NewsBell/statu…
— John Bell (@NewsBell) April 20, 2013
The announcement as it was made on CBS News this evening that Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev was taken into custody:
Four friends watching television in a Brazilian restaurant in Cambridge about a block from the apartment of the suspects clicked their glasses and cheered at the news.
“Really some fantastic police work by the Boston Police Department,” said Jamie Bellagio, 24, a graduate student.
“It’s the best-case scenario that he’s captured alive,” said Amy Fanly, 30, who works in education.
“I think the hope is that maybe because they have this guy in custody, we’ll get some answers,” said Jesse Lyons, 32, a biologist. “It will be interesting to see more about why they did it.”
- David Montgomery
State police officers have closed off a stretch of New Bedford’s Carriage Drive in front of an apartment complex. This is about four miles from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where one of the two suspected bombers was registered as a student. .
A state trooper at the scene — who said he cannot be quoted by name — said that “two or three” individuals were taken away for questioning in connection with the Boston bombings, but that he didn’t know the details. He pointed to two lighted windows of a unit on the first floor and said officers were inside collecting evidence.
Boston officials and law enforcement celebrated the news that the second suspect in the marathon bombing case was taken into custody this evening. Mayor Tom Menino posted on Twitter:
— Mayor Tom Menino (@mayortommenino) April 20, 2013
Police on the scene broke out in cheers and high fives, while nearby residents stood on their front porches applauding. On their official Twitter feeds, Boston and Cambridge police wrote:
CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 20, 2013
— Cambridge Police (@CambridgePolice) April 20, 2013
The nation let out a collective sigh of relief tonight as bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev was taken into custody. Some took to the streets to celebrate. Applause could be heard in Watertown.
— Liam Martin (@LiamWCVB) April 20, 2013
Someone in #Watertown now owns the most famous boat since the Titanic.
— ßяąŋđ¤ŋ §åmůēļ(@WideX_XAwake) April 20, 2013
Cheering can be heard as we interview our Bruce Gellerman in Watertown.
— WBUR (@WBUR) April 20, 2013
Sigh of relief. Best outcome imaginable.
— radleybalko (@radleybalko) April 20, 2013
Multiple law enforcement sources confirm that the second Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, is in custody.
Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info.
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 20, 2013
Tsarnaev going to Mount Auburn Hospital Cambridge, same hospital where Transit Police officer is recovering from gunshot wound.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 20, 2013
Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev was “badly injured” in an exchange of gunfire with police and lit a fire in the boat where he’s now hiding, according to state troopers on the scene.
A negotiator has arrived to talk him out of hiding. Law enforcement sources believe Tsarnaev is still alive, but his exact condition is unknown. A Boston Globe photographer overheard police yelling at Tsarnaev to leave the boat.
BREAKING NEWS: Globe photographer can hear police say, “We know you’re in there. Come out on your own terms. Come out with your hands up.”
— Boston.com News (@BostonDotCom) April 20, 2013
Suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev “was still moving around in the boat” as of their most recent update, police told the Post’s Annie Gowen. Two sources also said they believe Tsarnaev is still alive.
That matches other reports from the scene:
BREAKING NEWS: Police believe bombing suspect still alive on boat; have seen him moving from State Police helicopter.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 19, 2013
CNN reporter on the scene says police are yelling at person in boat “come out with your hands up, come out on your own terms” (@jaketapper)
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) April 20, 2013
ABC News is reporting that police were called after a neighbor reported seeing blood in the boat. A neighbor told ABC the boat’s owner treats it like “his baby,” noting that it could sustain damage as events unfold.
ABCNews:Resident of street said while another resident was looking into boat to fix the cover, saw blood, then called 911 @abcworldnews
— Virginia Cha (@10NewsCha) April 20, 2013
Neighbor to ABC: “That boat is his baby. He takes care of it like you wouldn’t be leave. And they told him it’s gonna be all shot up.”
— Michael Crowley (@CrowleyTIME) April 20, 2013
The Post’s Annie Gowen is in Watertown and filed this description of the scene on the ground:
Helicopters circled the air. A rattle of gunfire soured the air — unclear at this point if anyone was hit or injured — and the cops began pushing back errant journalists and citizens who had just left their homes for a new taste of freedom. Some of them ferried kids — who had just come out to play to safety — holding in their arms…
Cops hunkered down behind trees and short walls as the standoff continued, and helicopters continued to circle. A crowd gathered on Mount Auburn Street nearby. The air grew quiet and tense.
Annie reports dozens of police officers, SWAT teams and armed vehicles have converged on the scene.
— FOX 25 News Boston (@fox25news) April 20, 2013
Authorities have confirmed that the man cornered in a boat in Watertown, Mass. is bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.
There were conflicting reports at what lead the police to this particular home, none of them verified by 8 p.m. — thermal heat imaging, a smear of blood on the boat or just an old-fashioned tip from a resident who had just seen a press conference where citizens were urged to be “vigilant.”
– Annie Gowen
— Tim Williams (@TimWilliamsCBS) April 20, 2013
— Liam Martin (@LiamWCVB) April 20, 2013
Police tell local news that flash bangs were used to disorient the man believed to be the suspect.
— Paula Ebben (@PaulaEbbenWBZ) April 19, 2013
Flash bang= non lethal stun grenade. #watertown
— KateMerrill (@KateMerrill) April 19, 2013
The Boston Globe is reporting that police say the man is believed to be alive and may be wearing a suicide vest.
Official tells Globe that officials are concerned the suspect may have suicide bomb vest. Flash grenade thrown into boat.
— TheBelloBlotter (@TheBelloBlotter) April 20, 2013
Dumitru Ciuc, who lives two doors away from the house on Franklin Street with the boat in the backyard, said police ordered him and his wife out of their house shortly after 6 pm.
Officers directed them down a driveway and away. Within 5 or 10 minutes he heard a burst of gunfire, he said.
He said his neighbor stores a motorboat in his backyard covered in plastic for the winter.
“I’m confident everything will end all right,” he said.
– David Montgomery
Boston’s WBZ NewsRadio reports that authorities located the suspect in the boat through thermal imaging.
Sources tell WBZ that authorities were able to locate who they believe to be the suspect in a boat in Watertown through thermal imaging
— WBZ NewsRadio (@wbznewsradio) April 19, 2013
Local news station WCVB also reported that helicopters are overhead at the scene.
An FBI official has confirmed that the bureau interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two suspected Boston Marathon bombers, in 2011 at the request of a foreign government that suspected he had ties to a terrorist organization. The interview was conducted by the FBI in Boston, said the official. The investigation found “no derogatory information” and the case was closed, according to the official, who refused to identify the country or the terrorist organization.
– Sari Horwitz
CBS News reports that Boston mayor Thomas Menino has said police have surrounded a man, believed to be the suspect, who is sitting in a boat in a residential backyard.
JUST IN: Boston mayor tells WBZ a man, believed to be suspect, surrounded by police in a boat sitting in a residential backyard
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 19, 2013
NBC and WCVB have also reported on-air that a man is on the boat, but that they cannot confirm whether he is dead or alive or whether he is definitely the suspect.
— Watertown TAB (@watertowntab) April 19, 2013
Witness Paul Sutherland told WCVB that he saw a SWAT team approach a house on Watertown’s Franklin Street and “we heard the rapid gunfire.” He estimated that there were 15 or 20 shots.
“I yelled at my friend, ‘This is going down now,'” Sutherland said. He said he saw a massive police presence in front of the house but could not get close enough to see anything else. The address where police are congregated, according to the network, is 67 Franklin Street.
Samantha Piccaluga, a student who lives in the Watertown neighborhood that has been under siege, told The Post that after the order to stay inside was lifted late this afternoon, her street filled with neighbors. ”
All of a sudden we heard shots: ‘Pah pah pah pah pah pah!” she said. Police rushed in to protect the bystanders. “I could see the helicopter turning around” overhead, she said, but did not see any arrest.
The family of Katherine Russell, the wife of deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, gave a typewritten statement to reporters at their home this evening. The statement read:
Our daughter has lost her husband today, the father of her child.
We cannot begin to comprehend how this horrible tragedy occurred. In the aftermath of the Patriot’s Day horror, we know that we never really knew Tamerlane [sic] Tsarnaev.
Our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted.
Please respect our family’s privacy in this difficult time.
Katherine’s mother, Judith Russell, declined further comment.
Multiple shots fired in Watertown. A body has been found on a boat inbackyard. #wcvb
— Kristen Setera (@KristenWCVB) April 19, 2013
Boat surrounded in Watertown with possible suspect. Many shots fired. Shooting has stopped.
— Sean Kelly (@SeanKellyTV) April 19, 2013
BREAKING NEWS: Shots fired in Watertown; source says Boston Marathon terror bomb suspect has been pinned down.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 19, 2013
Police are asking residents in the area to go back in their homes and stay inside.
Police operations in the Franklin Street Watertown area. Residents shelter in place.
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 19, 2013
Residents applauding as police push them back as gunfire could be heard for maybe up to 10 seconds. Police continue to pour in
— Seni Tienabeso Jr (@SeniABC) April 19, 2013
You can watch a livestream of WCVB here.
The Czech ambassador to the United States has put out a statement making clear that the Czech Republic and Chechnya are not the same place.
“As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect,” Petr Gandalovic writes. “The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities – the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation.” He adds that his country “is an active and reliable partner of the United States in the fight against terrorism.”
Of course, if anyone did conflate the Czech Republic and Chechnya, they might have just been referencing this classic exchange from “The Sopranos.”
Anzor Tsarnaev, father of the Tsarnaev brothers, told the Interfax news agency Friday that he had talked to his sons after the explosions at the Boston marathon and they told him they were safe and had not been near the race.
The father was in Makhachkala, in the Russian region of Dagestan, and met reporters in an apartment belonging to relatives of his wife, where he had been staying since returning from the United States recently.
“I talked to my children on the phone immediately after the terrorist attack. I asked them if they were okay. They said don’t worry, we weren’t there at all,” Anzor Tsarnaev said.
“I don’t believe that my children did it. They wouldn’t hurt a fly,” he said. “I believe they were set up.”
Anzor Tsarnaev said his sons had never had any interest in weapons. The older son, Tamerlan, who was killed in a confrontation with police, was a boxer who dreamed of a spot on the U.S. national team. His younger son, Dzhohar, was studying to be a dentist, he said.
In a video interview posted on the lifenews web site, he was visibly agitated, saying the family—ethnic Chechens— had moved repeatedly in search of a decent life for their children. They originally lived in Kyrgyzstan, he said, where they were oppressed and saw little opportunity. They thought of moving to Chechnya, but a separatist war with Russia prevented that. More than 12 years ago they left for Dagestan and stayed there about a year before going to the United States.
He said he repeatedly told his older son to make sure his younger brother was studying hard so he could get ahead. The older son, he said, had gotten married and dropped out of college. “I was afraid for my children. I tried to save them as best I could,” he said, “and this is what happened.”
The interview was cut short by law enforcement officials, who took the father away for questioning.
- Kathy Lally
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spent a normal Wednesday on campus at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, an official told the Boston Globe. He went to class, worked out at the gym and slept in his single-unit dorm room. That night, a student told the paper, he went to a party and seemed “relaxed.”
On Friday morning, when the school confirmed that Tsarnaev was registered there, the campus was closed and students were told to evacuate. The campus, where police have been investigating, will remain closed Saturday. Students without transportation are being accommodated at Dartmouth High School.
More than a dozen police cars, bright orange cones and armed officers blocked the entrance to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Friday evening, with a satellite truck and a few reporters camped out across the street.
Jenna Johnson reported from Boston.
The Massachusetts State Police have released new details on the evidence they recovered at the scene of the fight between police and the bombing suspects in Watertown, according to WBUR.
In a statement to WBUR, police spokesman David Procopio said “homemade explosives, including pipe bombs and another pressure cooker, as well as more than 200 spent rounds” were found at the scene. It continues: “We thought a car there might have an explosive but it did not. Not commenting on what, if anything, found there.”
The statement also says the controlled detonation that police had told the public to expect did not occur.
The Post’s graphics department has put together an interactive timeline and map of the Boston area. Click the image below to see it:
Of the many outstanding mysteries in the Boston bombings case, one of the most frustrating remains how 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev evaded police last night and where he went from there.
Colonel Timothy Alben would not comment in detail, aside from saying that Tsarnaev abandoned a vehicle and then fled by foot. There were not enough police on the scene at the time to capture him, Alben said.
Alben also said he has no direct knowledge that Tsarnaev is still in Massachusetts, but that he believes he would not leave. “All his ties are to Massachusetts,” Alben said.
Asked at tonight’s 6 p.m. press conference what prompted police to lift the stay-at-home order on Boston, Colonel Timothy Alben said that nothing had changed since the order was given, but police were nonetheless confident that “we can return to living our lives.”
Alben also said that, despite following multiple leads during the day, they found “nothing new” about the suspect or his whereabouts.
“We cannot continue to lockdown an entire city,” Alben said. “We’re confident we’ve done what we can here in this neighborhood.”
Police cautioned residents that this is not an all-clear and that they should remain vigilant.
Police said Friday afternoon that the robbery of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Cambridge was not connected to the bombing suspects, contrary to earlier reports. The alleged bombers did buy gas at a gas station in Cambridge, police said, and were photographed there.
Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts Boston, the Allston facility where Tamerlan Tsarnaev sparred, said in an emailed statement Friday afternoon that while the Boston bombing suspect was not ever a “member” of Wai Kru, “he was a local golden gloves boxer who came into the gym to spar from time to time.”
“Wai Kru has been working closely with the FBI & Homeland Joint Task Force all morning to provide them with any materials that might be useful to bring these people to justice for their heinous crimes,” the statement adds.
The facility was closed Friday, according to a hand-lettered sign in the window.
– David Montgomery
Gov. Deval Patrick said at a press conference in Watertown Friday evening that the lockdown has been lifted for Boston.
At the briefing, Massachusetts State Police said that police are still searching for the surviving suspect in the Boston bombing and that they are drawing back tactical teams but will be providing 10 additional patrols for the next two to three days in Watertown for the “comfort” of residents.
State Police Col. Timothy Alben said that on Friday authorities “went through 20 streets, door-to-door with tactical teams” and that there were “limited searches of homes to render them safe.” He said authorities “followed a number of leads that have taken them to different places in Eastern Massachusetts.”
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino thanked the police and the community for their support during the manhunt. Residents were repeatedly urged to stay “vigilant,” as the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is reportedly armed and extremely dangerous.
The sister of alleged Boston bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev will get 24-hour protection at her home in West New York, N.J., the town’s mayor told the New York Times.
“She’s in our town, and we have to offer her full protection,” Mayor Felix Roque said.
The FBI searched the home of the sister, Alina Tsarnaeva, who is cooperating with authorities.
“I’m hurt for everyone that’s been hurt. I’m sorry for the families that lost their loved ones, the same way I lost a loved one,” she told reporters Friday. “I don’t know what got into them.”
She said that her brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police, was “a kind and loving man and the cops took his life away, just the same as he took other lives away,” then added: “if that’s even true.”
Tsarnaev’s husband told reporters that he had never met his wife’s brothers because “I’m not Muslim and they didn’t accept me.”
President Obama was briefed on the latest news from Boston a little after 4 p.m. in the Oval Office by Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, the White House said.
Afterward the president called Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to express his condolences over the death of Sean Collier, the MIT police officer killed Thursday night during a violent shootout with suspects in the Boston bombings.
Obama promised Patrick and Menino that “the full force of the federal government will continue to be made available until those responsible are brought to justice,” a White House official said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) suggested Friday afternoon that Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the at-large suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, be held as an “enemy combatant” and not read his Miranda rights.
If captured, I hope Administration will at least consider holding the Boston suspect as enemy combatant for intelligence gathering purposes.
— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) April 19, 2013
The last thing we may want to do is read Boston suspect Miranda Rights telling him to “remain silent.”
— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) April 19, 2013
The Obama administration stopped using the phrase “enemy combatant” in early 2009 but maintained a broad right to detain those who provide “substantial” assistance to al-Qaeda and its associates around the globe. Authorities have not announced a motive behind the attack in Boston.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was married to Katherine Russell, 23, and the couple had a baby daughter, according to neighbors of Katherine’s parents. The Washington Post has not independently confirmed that the pair was married.
The couple met while Katherine was studying at a college in Boston and have spent considerable time at her childhood home in North Kingstown, R.I., the neighbors said.
One next-door neighbor, Paula Gillettte, said she saw FBI agents on Friday morning leaving the home of Russell’s parents, Warren, a surgeon, and Judith, a nurse.
Gillette said the two Russell daughters, Katherine and Anna, were sweet, polite girls growing up and that the family seemed to spend a lot of time together, with kayaks and regular family walks. Katherine had dramatically changed her dress since heading to college in Boston, Gillette said. When she returned home for visits, she wore a head covering and the long, flowing gowns of traditional Muslim women and stayed inside more. She then became pregnant and afterward was seen pushing a baby in a stroller accompanied by a young, dark-haired man who appeared to be the father, Gillette said.
– Carol Leonnig
From The Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan:
Watertown, Mass. — Samantha Piccaluga, a 23-year-old university student, said that at about 3:30 p.m. Friday, jittery police whipped out their guns and rushed toward a man who appeared to come out of a house on Dexter Street in Watertown, near where the shootings had occurred in the early morning.
The neighborhood has been cordoned off by police, who have ordered residents to stay inside.
“They’re yelling, ‘Why did you get out of your house,'” Piaccaluga said, as she watched the drama unfold from her upstairs window on nearby Nichols Avenue. Angry, cursing police were “in his face,” she said. They then slapped handcuffs on the man, who was about 40 years old and was wearing a T-shirt, she said, and then began interviewing him.
Piccaluga had spent a sleepless night after violence that had unfolded near her doorstep.
“I was sleeping — it was like 1 a.m. — and I heard pah pah pah pah pah. I went to my sister, I said I think it’s gunshots. She said, no its fireworks. Then I heard a boom … then I heard cop cars, to my street, and other streets. A lot of sirens. Then a lot of shooting again, pah pah pah pah,” she recounted by telephone.
Heavily armed SWAT forces then swept into the neighborhood, she said. Police went door-to-door looking for a suspect in the Boston bombings.
Early in the morning, she said, she saw officers bring a nude, handcuffed man down the street and put him into a patrol car. “He was completely naked, no underwear,” she said, adding that police brought the man a blanket. At around 4 a.m., the man was taken out of the car and apparently transferred away in an ambulance, she said. She said she did not know who the man was.
Piccaluga said she, her sister and her uncle, who live with her, were terrified.
“Oh, yeah. Us, we’re like really scared,” said Piccaluga. “My sister just gave birth three months go. The baby’s crying, we’re worried, we don’t understand,”
Local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, including the Secret Service, are making a door-to-door search in Watertown, Mass., for the surviving Boston bombing suspect.
K-9 teams, explosives experts, and SWAT officers are involved, said State Police spokesman David Procopio, adding that the search was about 60 percent complete.
- Vince Bzdek
Florida marathon runner David Green tells the Associated Press how he got a clear photograph of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev leaving the scene of Monday’s bombing.
Green says he was walking toward the site of the bomb when the second blast went off. He quickly shot a photo with his smartphone before running to help the wounded. When a friend then texted him to ask if he was okay, Green sent him the snapshot.
That friend saw the blurry video released by the FBI on Thursday afternoon and realized that it looked a lot like Green’s picture. “I literally had to sit down,” Jason Lubin told the AP.
When Green talked to the FBI, they said it might be the best photo they had. At that time the man in the cap had not been identified and was still known as “Suspect number two.”
Here’s a review what we know so far about the manhunt for the surviving brother suspected of setting off deadly bombs this week at the Boston Marathon:
- Boston and its suburbs are on lockdown as police and federal agents search for the younger suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who is known as “Jahar.”
- See a timetable and map showing how the bombings and the manhunt unfolded.
- What we know about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed in a shootout with police early Friday morning. The brothers carjacked a vehicle late Thursday night and tried to get cash from ATMs, according to officials.
- Watch interviews with the father and an uncle and aunt of the suspects.
- Curious about Chechnya and Dagestan? Read an explainer.
- The surreal scene in and around Boston, a metropolitan area of more than 4.5 million people that is mostly under lockdown.
- Police plan a “controlled explosion” at a Cambridge home where the brothers are believed to have lived.
- Here’s what it looked like in Boston on Friday.
- The Chechen president posted a statement on his Instagram account that blamed an American influence for the deadly attack at the marathon.
- Amtrak service is suspended between New York and Boston.
Alvi Tsarni, an uncle of the Boston bombing suspects who lives in Montgomery Village outside Gaithersburg, said in an interview Friday that a family conflict had divided the family and estranged him from his two nephews.
Tsarni wouldn’t elaborate, except to say that he had not talked to his brother, the suspects’ father, since the bombings Monday, and that he had no message for the surviving suspect, who remains at large.
“What can I tell him, message?” Alvi Tsarni said. “He’s not going to listen to me. What do you think? It’s a separate family. They are not listening; they argue with us.”
Tsarni is the second uncle to speak with the press; his brother Ruslan spoke to reporters in front of his Montgomery Village home earlier Friday. Alvi Tsarni was interviewed by FBI investigators at Ruslan’s house but returned to his townhouse a little after 2:30 p.m., driving a white pickup and wearing a plaid shirt.
Alvi Tsarni was upset and angry over the bombings but also by the media inquiries. “This is America — I didn’t do this, okay?” he said. “It’s all over the news, everything. Please, leave me alone.”
He was asked how he feels about what has happened. “How I feel? I don’t know how to say,” Tsarni responded. “I don’t feel anything. I’m just tired of everything.”
Asked about the nephew who remains at large, he said: “They will kill him, that’s all we know. You don’t have to worry about this. What’s done is done. He is already dead.”
– Suzy Khimm
Max Fisher, who writes The Post’s WorldViews blog, reports that Ramzan Kadyrov, president of the Russian republic of Chechnya, posted a statement on his Instagram account on the Boston Marathon suspects’ alleged ties to Chechnya. According to an English translation, Kadyrov blames the American influence for the two brothers’ alleged crime.
Read Fisher’s report here.
Anzor Tsarnaev, the father of the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing, claims that his sons have been set up in this video aired by CBS Boston.
He also gave an interview to a Russian newspaper in which he said he spoke to one of his sons after the bombing and was told they were not near the scene. He told the New York Times that his son Tamerlan was denied citizenship because of an arrest for domestic violence. “[H]e hit her lightly,” Tsarnaev said. “Because of that — in America you can’t touch a woman, they wouldn’t give him citizen.”
The Boston Red Sox announced Friday afternoon that their home game against the Kansas City Royals scheduled for 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park has been postponed:
OFFICIAL: Tonight’s Red Sox game at Fenway Park scheduled for 7:10pm has been postponed to support efforts of law enforcement officers.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 19, 2013
The Boston Bruins also announced that their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for Saturday at 12:30 p.m.:
Tonight’s Bruins/Penguins game has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for 4/20 at 12:30 p.m. bbru.in/104vv8v ^BB
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 19, 2013
In addition, the Big Apple Circus performance scheduled for tonight has been postponed, according to police.
#CommunityAlert: Bruins Game, Red Sox Game & Big Apple Circus performance scheduled for tonite have been postponed.
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 19, 2013
A Twitter account has surfaced that appears to belong to suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
While it’s difficult to conclusively confirm that @J_tsar is Tsarnaev’s account, two high school classmates with direct knowledge of the account told The Post that it belongs to Tsarnaev and that they were aware of the account long before this week’s events.
The account was registered in October 2011 and has posted consistently since then. It follows more than 100 people, many of whom are recent graduates of Tsarnaev’s public high school, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School in Cambridge.
Many of those people are now tweeting about Jahar, as Tsarnaev is often called, saying they knew him personally. Several have directly referred to or retweeted the @J_tsar handle.
Several months ago, the account tweeted a picture of someone wearing Cambridge wrestling shorts. The Twitter handle has also posted pictures and videos that correspond to media on an account that some have suggested belongs to Tsarnaev on VK, the Russian equivalent of Facebook.
@J_tsar has tweeted about Chechnya and college life and quotes rap lyrics regularly.
— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 5, 2012
A year ago, the user posted in Russian that he knew he would “die young.” Another post referred to last year’s Boston marathon.
Буду погибать мaлодым
— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 22, 2012
@therealabdul_ boston marathon isn’t a good place to smoke tho
— Jahar (@J_tsar) August 10, 2012
After Monday’s attacks, the account user wrote:
Ain’t no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people
— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 16, 2013
There are people that know the truth but stay silent & there are people that speak the truth but we don’t hear them cuz they’re the minority
— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 16, 2013
Three days later, someone claiming to be @J_tsar’s friend tweeted:
@j_tsar even though you probably can’t see this but if you do see this just turn in dude, don’t get yourself killed
— Jonathan Kelly (@Chi_Chi617) April 19, 2013
In an interview on Friday, the aunt of the bombing suspects defended them as innocent. Watch the interview here:
There have been many conflicting reports about the type of vehicle that the suspects in the bombings may have used early Friday morning.
The two brothers allegedly carjacked a Mercedes SUV before getting into a shootout with police. But the Connecticut State Police had said a suspect may have been using a gray Honda CRV at some point in the night. They announced earlier this morning that the CRV had been found and then reported that police were looking for a green Honda Civic registered in Massachusetts that may have been used by a suspect.
Now the Massachusetts State Police are saying that the police have the Honda Civic.
Media reporting we are looking for a Honda Civic reg 116GC7, please note that we have that car. We are not looking for it. BOLO recalled
— MASS STATE POLICE (@MassStatePolice) April 19, 2013
They said the suspects were in the Honda Civic before the alleged carjacking occurred.
Media–earlier reports, statements that suspects were in Honda CRV before carjacking were incorrect. They were in the Honda Civic.
— MASS STATE POLICE (@MassStatePolice) April 19, 2013
We apologize for the confusion. Wrong model of Honda. Suspects were in Civic, not CRV. Sorry, it has been a fast-moving day.
— MASS STATE POLICE (@MassStatePolice) April 19, 2013
When the Tsarnaev brothers were young they lived in Kyrgyzstan, a former republic of the Soviet Union in Central Asia that is home to a small Chechen diaspora. Dzhokhar, the younger brother, was born there, and his older brother was born in Russia, according to various reports.
The family lived in Tokmok, a town of about 55,000 people in northern Kyrgyzstan near the border with Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz National State Security Committee said in a statement Friday. Kyrgyz officials said the family left the country about 12 years ago for Dagestan in Russia, and after a year there emigrated to the United States.
Many Chechens were deported to Central Asia — mostly Kazakhstan — during World War II because Soviet dictator Josef Stalin considered them traitors and sympathetic to the Nazis, even though Chechen men served in the Soviet Army. On Feb. 23, 1944, about 385,000 Chechens were hastily rounded up and deported in cattle trucks or railroad cars. Many died on the way.
On Friday, Kyrgyz officials worked to distance their country from the Boston bombings. “As the suspects left the republic when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was 8 and Tamerlan Tsarnaev 15, the Kyrgyz National Security Committee considers it inappropriate to link them to Kyrgyzstan,” security officials said, according to the Interfax news agency.
Read the Kyrgyz National Security Committee’s statement here (untranslated).
- Kathy Lally
Businesses in Boston are asking employees to stay home Friday, reports the Boston Globe, and investment firms in Boston are operating according to contingency plans:
Major money management firms like Fidelity Investments and State Street Corp. told thousands of employees to stay home, as buildings across the city and in Cambridge were closed and public transportation was shut down…
One intrepid financial worker biked from home in the Fenway to his office downtown, only to be turned away by a security guard. Harris Bradley, 25, was trying to push his way into the revolving doors at 75-101 Federal St. this morning when a guard shouted to him that the building was closed.
“Financial markets don’t close just because there’s a crazy guy out there,” Bradley said.
The Globe reports that the offices of major companies in other industries are also closed:
The Internet infrastructure company Akamai Technologies Inc. , one of the biggest employers in Kendall Square, advised that all of its Cambridge employees work from home Friday.
Biogen Idec spokeswoman Amanda Galgay said the biotechnology company has shuttered its Somerville and Cambridge campuses, and employees, including those who work in the Weston campus, were emailed around 7 a.m. that they were being encouraged to stay home, with work optional. The company employs 3,000 in Massachusetts.
Biogen Idec, which manufactures the multiple sclerosis drug Avonex at its 24-hour operation in Cambridge, said it has plans in place to ensure that there are no interruptions in the drug supply.
The lockdown in and around Boston has forced hundreds of thousands of people to stay inside and off the streets. Many people have taken to social media to share photos of the empty roads in what looks like a ghost town. Here are some of these images:
— Bike Safe Boston (@BikeSafeBoston) April 19, 2013
— no bid. (@cr3dit) April 19, 2013
Downtown Crossing 10:30 am twitter.com/WBURSteve/stat…
— Steve Brown (@WBURSteve) April 19, 2013
— Anthony Quintano (@AnthonyQuintano) April 19, 2013
— Antonio Regalado (@antonioregalado) April 19, 2013
Watertown MA- eerily quiet. We’re being passed by lots of heavy duty police vehicles. Chopper overhead. twitter.com/tvkatesnow/sta…
— Kate Snow (@tvkatesnow) April 19, 2013
As the Boston area remains in lockdown, law enforcement officials are trying to learn why the suspected bombers may have set the deadly explosions at the marathon. From The Post’s main story on the manhunt:
Federal agents and police were scouring cellphone, travel and other records, interviewing people who knew the brothers and looking for any possible connections to foreign terrorist organizations, law enforcement officials said.
The brothers’ alleged motive attack remains unknown.
Two law enforcement officials said earlier that they believe there is a “Chechen connection” to the bombings. In the last several months, Tamerlan Tsarnaev had posted videos to YouTube indicating his interest in radical Muslim ideologies.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was born in Kyrgyzstan, law enforcement authorities said. He has a Massachusetts driver’s license. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was born in Russia and became a legal U.S. resident in 2007.
The brothers are believed to have come to the United States about a decade ago after their family fled the southern Russian republic of Chechnya. State Department officials said the family appears to have arrived in the country legally.
Read our full report here.
Watertown, Mass. – Police said bomb squads would be doing a “controlled explosion” at the home on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, where the suspects are believed to have lived, to secure the residence for search teams.
Governor Patrick,State Police Colonel and Sup. Timothy Alben, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Watertown police chief Edward Deveau appeared before the cameras to ask the public to stay inside and not open their doors unless for a uniformed officer.
“You’ve done great,you’ve done everything we asked, but we need more time,” Deveau said.
Alben said that police were between 60 and 70 percent searching houses in Watertown, “We don’t have any developments. There are no apprehensions at this point,” Alben said.
Anzor Tsarnaev, father of the Tsarnaev brothers, told the Interfax news agency Friday that he had talked to his sons after the explosions at the Boston marathon and that they told him they were safe and had not been near the race.
The father of two men suspected of setting bombs during the race was in Makhachkala, in the Russian region of Dagestan, and met reporters in an apartment belonging to relatives of his wife, where he has been staying, the report said.
“I talked to my children on the phone immediately after the terrorist attack. I asked them if they were okay. They said don’t worry, we weren’t there at all,” Anzor Tsarnaev said, according to the news agency.
“I don’t believe that my children did it. They wouldn’t hurt a fly,” he said.
Anzor Tsarnaev said his sons had never had any interest in weapons. The older son, Tamerlan, who was killed in a confrontation with police on Thursday night, was a boxer who dreamed of a spot on the U.S. national team, the father said. His younger son, Dzhokhar, was studying to be a dentist, he said.
“I believe my children were set up,” Anzor Tsarnaev said.
As journalists departed, Interfax reported, law enforcement officials arrived to interview the suspects’ father.
– Kathy Lally
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the Massachusetts State Police and other law enforcement agencies asked the public to remain indoors at a news conference on Friday afternoon.
Watch it here:
The Islamic Society of Boston canceled the midday Friday prayer service shortly before it was to begin, a worshiper said. Mosque officials were not available to speak to reporters. The imam was not present.
– Mary Beth Sheridan
Amtrak has suspended all service between New York and Boston. Amtrak and Northeast Regional trains are running normally between Washington and New York, but trains are not traveling north of New York.
On the Amtrak Northeastern Regional leaving D.C. shortly after noon, Mike McGrath, a 42-year-old I.T. manager, told The Post’s Melissa Bell that he had to figure out how to get home. After a family vacation in D.C., he said, “we thought we’d be able to get as far as Providence.” But once on board he learned the train would not go farther than New York, Bell reported.
For more, head to Dr. Gridlock.
There will be a controlled explosion Friday at a house police have secured in Cambridge, Timothy P. Alben of the Massachusetts State Police announced at a news conference.
The home is on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Alben said. He also said that “no apprehension” has been made so far.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick thanked the people of Boston and the surrounding area for staying indoors Friday afternoon and urged them to continue doing so during the lockdown and manhunt. He also asked people not to open the doors unless they see a member of law enforcement in uniform.
The Post’s Ed O’Keefe reports that a Republican senator suggested that the immigration status of the Boston bombing suspects might be a factor in overhauling the nation’s immigration laws:
Speaking at the start of the first Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that began as a manhunt continued in Boston, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) accused Democrats of “rushing” consideration of a bipartisan immigration bill unveiled this week and urged careful deliberations “given the events of this week.”
“While we don’t yet know the immigration status of the people who have terrorized the communities in Massachusetts, when we find out, it will help shed light on the weaknesses of our system,” Grassley said. “How can individuals evade authorities and plan such attacks on our soil? How can we beef up security checks on people who wish to enter the U.S.? How do we ensure that people who wish to do us harm are not eligible for benefits under the immigration laws, including this new bill before us?”
For the full story, click here.
The Post’s Dan Morse reports from Montgomery Village:
More than 50 reporters had gathered outside Ruslan Tsarni’s red-brick home on a cul-de-sac in Montgomery Village when the uncle of the bombing suspects walked outside to address the media on Friday.
As the media pack crowded up,Tsarni became emotional at times when talking about his brother, the suspects’ father, and attempting to distance himself from his nephews Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. As Tsarni spoke at the edge of his driveway along Mastenbrook Court, neighbors in adjacent yards were also taking in the scene. Neighbors said officials wearing FBI jackets had arrived at the house earlier in the day and gone into the home.
Tsarni emphasized that his sympathy lay with the victims of the Boston bombings. Asked why his nephews could have set the explosions, he said: “Being losers. Hatred to those who were able to settle themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine. Anything else to do with religion, with Islam, it’s a fraud. It’s a fake.”
Tsarni said he heard his nephews were suspects, and saw a picture of Dzhokhar, on the Internet. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed Thursday night in a shootout with police in Cambridge; his brother, who is often referred to as Jahar, is at large.
Asked if he had a message for his nephew, Tsarni said: “I say, ‘Jahar, if you’re alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness from the victims.'”
Describing his family as ethnic Chechens, he defended the people of the Russian republic. “This has nothing to do with Chechnya,” he said. “Chechens are peaceful people.”
Of the United States, Tsarni said: “I respect this country. I love this country. This country, which gives chance to everybody else to be treated as a human being, just to be a human being.”
He also defended his brother, the suspects’ father, as a good parent. He said that if his nephews had been radicalized his brother had no part in it. Their father is a mechanic who worked hard to put food on the table, Tsarni said. “He’s been working. That’s it.”
Two neighbors spoke highly of Tsarni and his family.
During a briefing Thursday afternoon, President Obama was shown the photos of the suspects by senior members of his national security team as part of the regular series of updates he has been receiving. He saw these photos before they were released publicly.
Senior administration officials said Obama was not asked for his approval of the photos’ planned release by the FBI later in the day.
But Obama offered a word of caution after viewing them, advising his national security team to be certain the photos were of the right suspects before their release, according to senior administration officials.
— Scott Wilson
The Boston Bruins called off their morning skate and their game tonight, as well as the Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park are in limbo as the citywide lockdown and manhunt for the Boston Marathon bomber continue.
Personnel typically start arriving at the ballpark for a night game around 1 p.m., with players and others coming in anywhere between that time and roughly 3 p.m., so it’s getting close to the time at which a decision must be made.
And that’ a decision that will be made by city officials, according to Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy, although it seems extremely unlikely that the game will be played.
The Red Sox are to play the Royals and the Bruins are to play the Penguins.
The suspects’ uncle Ruslan Tsarni walked outside his house in Montgomery Village outside Gaithersburg late Friday morning to address the media, speaking emotionally about his nephews’ link to the Boston bombings.
Wearing blue jeans, a polo shirt and flip flops, Tsarni spoke for 10 minutes, calling the two suspects “losers.” He described the three people who died in the marathon bombings, including an 8-year-old boy, as the “real victims here.”
He said he never would have imagined that “the children of my brother” would be involved in something like this. Asked what may have provoked his nephews Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, he replied: “Being losers – hatred to those who were able to settle themselves.”
“We are Muslim. We are ethnic Chechens,” he told reporters. “Somebody radicalized them, but it was not my brother, who just moved back to Russia.”
Tsarni was defiant and angry at his nephews And he clearly wanted to express his sympathy for the bombing victims and to distance himself, his family and the Chechen people from the suspects and the bombings.
“This family does not know how to share their grief with the real victims,” Tsarni said. He said he wished he could speak directly to the victims’ families and express his sorrow.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed Thursday night in a shootout with police in Cambridge; his brother is at large. In Montgomery Village, their uncle urged the surviving suspect to turn himself in and face the consequences with law enforcement.
Addressing Dzhokhar, Tsarni said: “I say … if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness from the victims, from the injured.”
The uncle added: “He put a shame on our family. He put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity.”
– The Post’s Bill Branigin contributed to this report.
MSNBC captured video of Tsarni’s interview here:
A photo essay about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the 2010 issue of a Boston University student magazine portrays him as a hard-working athlete and Muslim who wanted to become a naturalized American but didn’t have any American friends.
Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police in Cambridge Thursday night. He and his brother Dzhokhar, who remains at large, are suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.
The photo essay, by then-student Johannes Hirn, shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev boxing at a martial arts center in Boston. Among the captions:
Tamerlan Tsarnaev is a boxer from Chechnya who currently trains at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Tsarnaev enters national Golden Gloves competitions in hopes that he might be selected for the next U.S. Olympic team and become a naturalized American.
Though he’s lived in the U.S. for five years, Tsarnaev says, “I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand them.”
Tsarnaev’s family fled Chechnya in the early 1990s because of the conflict there. He lived in Kazakhstan before coming to the United States as a refugee.
The full essay, with photos, is on pages 17 and 18 in Comment magazine.
Amtrak has suspended Acela and Northeast Regional service between Boston and Providence, R.I. Service is operating as usual between Washington and New York.
Amtrak’s Downeaster service is running a modified schedule with no service to Boston, while the Springfield Shuttle between New Haven, Conn., and Springfield, Mass., is running normally.
From the White House pool report:
Shortly after 9:45 a.m., the President, joined by Vice President Biden, convened a briefing in the White House Situation Room with his national security team on developments in the investigation as well as the events in Boston and Watertown, MA. Participating in the briefing are Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy National Security Advisor For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, Deputy Counsel to the President Avril Haines and National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jake Sullivan. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State John Kerry, and CIA Director John Brennan joined by video conference.
People who knew Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have started to share their memories of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who remains at large, calling him “unassuming” and “normal.”
Tsarnaev, the young man whom everyone knew as “Jahar,” was “a normal regular American kid,” said Ty Barros, 21, a former classmate of the suspect at Cambridge Rindge & Latin, a public high school in Cambridge.
He liked sports and listened to rap music with other kids hanging out in the Cambridge neighborhood around Norfolk Street, Barros said. “He was a fairly popular kid; he was a fairly friendly nice kid,” Barros said. “I liked his personality.”
He said Jahar never talked politics or said much about the United States, nor discussed the Boston Marathon, for which he and his now-deceased brother are suspected of bombing this week.
“I would never assume he would have these types of feelings,” Barros said. “There must have been some really drastic changes in the time I haven’t seen him.”
George MacMasters, coordinator of aquatics at Harvard University, said he hired Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a lifeguard about 2 1/2 years ago, along with other high school students from Cambridge Rindge & Latin.
“I like to hire local youth,” MacMasters said. “Put’ em to work in the pool.”
MacMasters said Tsarnaev was a good worker and got along well with the other lifeguards. “He seemed like a very quiet, unassuming young man.”
Larry Aaronson, a former teacher at Cambridge Rindge & Latin who said he knew Tsarnaev, told the Boston Globe: “If someone were to ask me what the kid was like, I would say he had a heart of gold. He was as gracious as possible.”
Robin Young, a public radio host, tweeted that Tsarnaev had been a friend of her nephew’s, writing, “heart is broken. just confirmed, I know dzhokhar tsarnave, one of best freinds of my beloved nephew,who says he never in his life saw this. [sic]”
My beloved nephew on right, djohar tsarnaev on left, happy cambridge Rindge and Latin grads.heartbreaking twitter.com/hereandnowrobi…
— Robin Young (@hereandnowrobin) April 19, 2013
Law enforcement officials said that when the two brothers carjacked the SUV on Thursday night, they forced the driver to stop at several ATMs to get cash. They were able to get about $800 out of one ATM but then had trouble getting more cash from another one, officials said. The brothers reportedly told the driver that they were the marathon bombers. They were boasting about the bombings to the driver, one law enforcement official said.
The FBI has activated digital WANTED billboards throughout the city.
The scene in Boston is eerie, with streets deserted and much of the greater Boston area of 4,550,000 residents on lockdown as the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bomber unfolds.
Shops throughout Cambridge were closed on Friday morning. Outside a deli in Harvard Square, a pile of baguettes delivered early in the morning sat untouched hours later. The Harvard Square Starbucks closed at 6:30 a.m., 90 minutes after opening, and workers told customers they could stay inside the locked facility if they felt safer. Three hours later, a few heavily caffeinated patrons were still on the second floor of the shop, pecking at laptops and peering out at the empty square.
“We’re proceeding with our normal tasks, sans customers,” said Samuel Perez, 24, the chef manager. He looked out the window at the square. “It’s very strange to see it so empty, at this hour of the day.”
The only shops open in the square were the two newsstands.
“We don’t let anything, even crazed bombers, get in our way,” said Paul Spagnuolo, an employee at the Crimson Corner newsstand.
A Friday baseball game is scheduled at Fenway Park, but, like everyone else in the city right now, the Red Sox and Kansas City Royals are going nowhere.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 19, 2013
All means of public transportation have been shut down.
A gaggle of reporters and law enforcement officials have gathered at a single-family house in Montgomery Village outside Gaithersburg that believed to be the home of an uncle of the suspects. The area has been cordoned off with police tape, and at least three Montgomery County law enforcement officers were standing inside the tape.
Property records describe the residence as the home of Ruslan Tsarni, who said in an interview with the Associated Press that he is the uncle of the brothers suspected in the Boston blasts. Tsarni is listed as the property’s owner.
Another uncle, Alvi Tsarni, is also believed to live in Montgomery County, but there was no sign of activity and no one answered the door at a home that property records describe as his.
— Dan Morse and Jennifer Jenkins
Washington’s Metro system has been operating at a heightened level of security since Monday’s fatal bombings at the Boston Marathon, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel told The Washington Post Friday.
“We’re very closely monitoring the situation,” he said, referring to developments overnight in Boston, when one of the suspects in the blasts was killed in a shootout with police as another suspect escaped.
Among the security measures put into place: extra K9 units and additional police at rail stations.
In an effort to enhance overall security throughout the system, Metro is installing new security cameras at stations that will have the ability to record audio and video.
Area airports have also beefed up security since the Boston bombings. At Reagan National and Washington Dulles International, K9 units are conducting additional inspections in and around airport property.
A person sought in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings was a student at the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, the university said Friday morning .
“UMass Dartmouth has learned that a person being sought in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing has been identified as a student registered at UMass Dartmouth,” according to the school Web site.
The university did not says whether the student was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who is the subject of a massive manhunt this morning, his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who died in a confrontation with police, or someone else.
The campus is closed, and all classes have been canceled, the school said.
Boston Marathon victims who have been released from hospitals are finding that, with the city in lockdown this morning, they cannot leave, according to Deb Kotz, a health writer for the Boston Globe.
She tweeted: “Boston hospitals in lockdown. Patients discharged can’t leave; others can’t come in unless via ambulance. MD’s can’t go or leave either.”
From Will Englund of The Post, in Russia, some background on Chechnya, where the marathon suspects are from:
Chechnya began agitating for independence as the Soviet Union was falling apart in 1990, and the first war with Russian forces began in 1994. The second war began in 1999, when fighters in the predominantly Muslim republic rose up in an attempt to throw off Russian domination. Vladimir Putin, then the Russian prime minister, responded quickly, firmly and brutally to put down the rebellion.
Later that summer, there were several explosions across Russia and Putin blamed Chechens. Putin sent the army back by force, which result in Western criticism of Russian tactics and human rights violations. In the most dramatic episode, about 40 armed Chechen separatists took more than 900 hostages at a Moscow theater. After a two-day siege, Russian special police pumped a chemical into the theater’s ventilation system and raided the building. About 130 hostages died and all of the Chechens were killed.
Though the war has officially ended, the Russians have maintained a tight grip on Chechnya, backing leaders friendly to Moscow and maintaining a strong military presence. Efforts have also been under way in recent years to rebuild the shattered capital of Grozny.
Still, sporadic violence and kidnapping have continued in Chechnya and separatists retain a following. The years of fighting, crime and economic difficulties led tens of thousands of Chechens to leave their homes for other former Soviet republics.
Boris Makaranko, of a think tank in Moscow called the Center for Political Technologies, said the involvement of Chechens iin the bombings could in some ways draw the United States and Russia closer together. The crime will give Americans a clearer view of the problems Russia faces in Chechnya, he said.
“The Chechen underground contains some really serious terrorist elements,” he said.
Cooperation on the ground between U.S. and Russian investigators — into the background of the brothers, their connections, their associates — could translate into better understanding and relations. “That might help to build confidence and trust,” he said.
Moscow and Washington have been at odds over Syria — where Russia believes Muslim extremists are likely to gain control of the anti-Assad forces — but have had a more nuanced relationship regarding Iran’s nuclear program, and are actively cooperating on Afghanistan logistics. Russia just this week appeared to soften its opposition to the U.S. missile defense program in Europe.
Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville has been identified as the MIT officer killed in Thursday night’s shootout between police and two bombing suspects, the Middlesex district attorney’s office in a statement.
Collier joined the force in January 2012 after working as a civilian for the Somerville Police Department, officials said.
Photo of MIT police officer Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville, who was killed in confrontation with terror suspects ow.ly/i/1Vws9
— Adrienne LB (@AdrienneLB) April 19, 2013
In an interview with CBS Boston, Ruslan Tsarni, who said he was the uncle of the suspects in the bombings, said his nephews “do not even deserve to exist on this earth.”
When CBS Boston broke the news to Tsnari that Tamerlan Tsnaraev had been shot and killed in a shootout with police, the uncle said the suspect “absolutely deserved it.”
Tsarni said repeatedly that he was “absolutely shocked” and “absolutely devastated.” He said the brothers moved to the United States in either 2000 or 2001. He said he last saw them in 2005 or 2006 and that he has had no contact with them in years.
The father of the bombing suspects told the Associated Press that his son who is the subject of a massive manhunt in the greater Boston area is a good, smart student.
“My son is a true angel,” Anzor Tsarnaev told the AP by telephone from the Russian city of Makhachkala. One of his sons suspected in the Boston Marathon blasts was killed in a police shootout Thursday night, and the other, Dzhokhar, is on the run and considered to be extremely dangerous.
“Dzhokhar is a second-year medical student in the U.S.,” the father said. “He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here.”
Prince George’s County police plan to conduct strict bag checks at a weekend run at National Harbor and are asking those coming to the race to leave such items at home, authorities announced Friday.
The bag inspections are one of many security enhancements police have planned for Saturday’s Glo Run, police said. Explosive-sniffing dogs will also be on hand.
Police said the moves are “strictly out of an abundance of caution” and that they have no indication of any threats to the race.
–By Matt Zapotosky
As the world scours the Web for information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston marathon who was killed, looking for any clue of what may have driven him to such a horrific act, someone has unearthed a YouTube account that appears under that name. The videos suggest a man who was deeply pious, but held a stern view of his own faith.
The Washington Post has not confirmed that the account belongs to the suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Watertown, Mass. — State Police spokesman David Procopio said that the suspects robbed a 7-Eleven store on Thursday before shooting an MIT policeman as he sat in his car on the college campus around 10:30 p.m.
The suspects then carjacked a Mercedes SUV from the 800 block of Memorial Drive, letting the driver go unharmed, Procopio said. “The guy was very lucky that they let him go,” he said.
He said that police were trying to activate the tracking device on the Mercedes when other patrol officers spotted the vehicle in Watertown and tried to make a traffic stop. The suspects fled, throwing what Procopio called “IEDs” at police. Shots were exchanged, and one suspect was seriously injured and died later at Beth Israel hospital; the other escaped, Procopio said.
Richard J. Donohue, 33, a three-year veteran of the transit police force, was shot in the chase and is being treated at Mount Auburn hospital, authorities said.
A 20-block radius of Watertown remains closed.
Police said that they remained concerned about public safety in Watertown while the suspect was at large and because there could be IED materials in the area.
Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Timothy P. Alben said that the safety of residents of Watertown remained a primary focus. Authorities have repeatedly urged residents to shelter in place and not open their doors to strangers.
Procopio said that police have five active crime scenes around the Boston area.
“We’ve got crime scenes we haven’t even been able to process yet,” he said.
The situation in the Greater Boston area remains dangerous and grows more tense as the morning progresses and the second suspect remains at large:
#MediaAlert: WARNING: Do Not Compromise Officer Safety by Broadcasting Tactical Positions of Homes Being Searched.
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 19, 2013
Update 9:15 a.m.: Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev “is not a student and never was,” said Daniel Fitzgibbons, a spokesman for University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the suspect who is still at large, showed no “tell-tale signs of malicious behavior,” a former classmate told CNN.
Eric Machado said that he and Tsarnaev attended Cambridge Rindge & Latin high school together. He said he didn’t know where Tsarnaev was from, but noted that the school had an ethnically diverse student body. He didn’t know that Tsarnaev had an older brother.
“We partied. We hung out. We were good high school friends,” Machado said.
Machado said Tsarnaev was a student at University of Massachusetts – Amherst,
but the university cannot confirm any affiliation.
Machado recalled that Tsarnaev once said something in conversation about terrorism, but there was “no evidence that would lead any of us to believe that he would be capable of this.”
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev was a quiet boy on the wrestling team at Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School, where he graduated in 2011, former classmate Deana Beaulieu, 20, told The Post.
They attended school together since the seventh grade, first at Cambridge Community Charter School, then high school, she told The Washington Post on Friday.
Tsarnaev lived on Norfolk Street with his family, including an older brother and sister, that whole time, she said.
She provided a picture from the high school yearbook.
“He was really quiet,” she said. “They always say you have to be careful of the quiet ones.”
In school, unsure how to spell or pronounce his name, students called him “Jahar,” she said.
Beaulieu said it was about 2006 when they met in the 7th grade. They were not close friends, and she lost touch with him after high school graduation five years later.
She said she never heard him express strong political or religious views. She only made the connection between the bombing investigation and her former classmate early Friday morning when another classmate circulated a cell phone photo of his yearbook picture. “Once I realized who it was, I realized what a small world. It’s crazy.”
Police have rushed to an area of Watertown, Mass., as a helicopter hovers over a small area of the town.
CNN’s Deb Feyerick reports that the smell of smoke is heavy. Note that CNN’s broadcast is on a brief delay to keep from showing objectionable images or from compromising the search.
Law enforcement and rescue teams have also beefed up their presence on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, where the bombers lived. SUVs and an ambulance have arrived and CNN reports that one person was led away in handcuffs. MSNBC reported that two people were taken into custody.
Note: media is being kept at a distance.
The airspace over the Watertown area has been restricted by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Although Logan Airport remains open, flights may be affected and travelers are urged to check with their carriers.
Taxi service in Boston has been suspended, police said.
All taxi service in the City of Boston has been suspended pending further notice.
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 19, 2013
Public transportation in the area is also shut down. Transit officials are telling the public not to stand at bus stops or at T stations.
Massachusets Gov. Deval Patrick urged the public to be vigilant and remain indoors.
Don’t open the door for anyone except identified law enforcement officers. We need the public to help us help them stay safe.
— Deval Patrick (@MassGovernor) April 19, 2013
The transit police officer who was critically wounded during a firefight between police and the two suspects Thursday night has been identified as Richard H. Donahue Jr., 33, who has been a member of the force for three years. The shooting victim is being treated at a local hospital, authorities said.