Boston Bombing Suspect, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, In Custody
Boston Strong! Police have arrested bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev. A resident noticed blood on the cover of a boat stored in their yard and called police. Authorities flew over in a helicopter with thermal imaging and detected an individual inside the boat upon which time they closed in. The FBI used a robot to remove the tarp from the boat and to throw in ‘flash bang’ grenades, which are harmless – they make loud bangs and give a bright flash. A press conference was held shortly after – updates with what was revealed are below:
UPDATE @ 10:05pm EST
President Obama addressed the nation from the White House:
POTUS: “Boston Police and State Police and local police across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts responded with professionalism and bravery”
— The White House (@whitehouse) April 20, 2013
“After a vicious attack on their city, Bostonians responded with resolve and determination.”
Obama also said
“We’ve closed an important chapter in this tragedy.”
He thanked our law enforcement professionals and sends prayers to those injured and lost, including Officer Collier who was killed by the terror suspects.
The President has instructed the FBI to continue to deploy all the necessary resources as they continue their investigation.
“The families of those killed so senselessly deserve answers.”
Pres. Obama: We will determine what happened. We will investigate any terrorist associations these men had #suspectincustody
— NEWS10 ABC (@WTEN) April 20, 2013
They failed because as Americans, we refused to be terrorized,” Obama says.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 20, 2013
The President also took a moment to note that the victims in West, Texas of the fertilizer plant explosion are not forgotten either. He wrapped up his address to the nation by committing to help those in Texas.
Obama closed with:
“All in all, it’s been a tough week. But we’ve seen the character of our country once more.”
UPDATE @ 9:46 PM EST
Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police started the press conference by briefly memorializing the officer killed during the pursuit of these terrorists. Also thanked all of the law enforcement and citizens who helped along the way. Gov. Deval Patrick also thanked, on behalf of those who died in the bombings, the fallen officer, everyone for their extraordinary cooperation and collaboration to catch and bring this suspect into custody. The Governor also thanked the public for being patient and for reviewing photographs, their tips, and for all of their help. The Governor also said
“Tonight we’re all going to rest easy”
US Attorney Carmen Ortiz echoed the gratitude and relief expressed by the previous speakers, and echoed the thanks for all who contributed so much to make this capture. She explained that the this will continue to be an ongoing and active investigation. She stated:
” I have never been prouder to stand with a more tremendous group of law enforcement than I am with here”
Mayor Menino briefly thanked all for their efforts as well. Rick DesLauriers – FBI Special Agent in Charge, Boston said:
the two perpetrators who caused “so much pain and anguish” are ‘no longer a threat..This was truly an intense investigation.’
The suspect is in serious condition at a hospital. The robbery at the 7-11 was the actual carjacking, not the suspects robbing the store. The incident in New Bedford was thought to be connected to the suspect, but the authorities didn’t elaborate much on that police action.
UPDATED @ 9:48:
As police are leaving the scene, crowds are cheering and applauding the officers for their bravery and for their capture. The suspect being capture alive is vital to finding out information, some of which could be critical and could save more lives. Most of all, the people of Boston and of America deserve answers. The suspect will be eventually brought to the Federal Courthouse in Boston where he will be charged. Additionally our sister station WBSM in New Bedford MA is reporting that the FBI has taken three people into custody in that city, possibly connected, although it could be just for questioning.
UPDATED 9:08pm EST
In our time of rejoicing, let us not forget the families of Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell and Officer Sean Collier.
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 20, 2013
UPDATED 9:06pm EST
On the radio. “Your mayor is very proud of you” twitter.com/mayortommenino…
— Mayor Tom Menino (@mayortommenino) April 20, 2013
UPDATED 8:59pm EST
ABC News is reporting the gunshots originally heard were from the suspect shooting at the Boston Police Department when he was discovered to be in the boat.
UPDATED 8:59pm EST
ABC News reporting suspect is alive and was taken away by ambulance. https://twitter.com/Boston_Police/status/325413032110989313
UPDATED 8:55pm EST
Boston Mayor Tom Menino tweets: https://twitter.com/mayortommenino/status/325411178383814656
UPDATED 8:48pm EST
Boston PD confirmed the suspect is in custody. Unknown as to his condition. https://twitter.com/Boston_Police/status/325409894830329856
UPDATED 8:43pm EST
Bing Maps has a view of the boat the suspect is said to be hiding in. No confirmation if the subject is alive or dead at this time.
UPDATED 8:25pm EST
From Google Maps, here is the house the suspect is reported to be hiding. You can see the trailer for the boat in the back yard.
UPDATED 8:18pm EST Law enforcement officials have confirmed they do believe it to be Dzhokar Tsarnaev in the boat. ABC News is reporting that a witness spotted blood on his neighbor’s boat as he walked outside when the ban had been lifted when people could leave their houses. The suspect is believed to be at 67 Franklin Street in Watertown, MA. UPDATED 8:01pm EST CNN reports that minutes after announcing the suspect had not been found in a door-to-door searches in Watertown that kept the city of Boston and its surrounding suburbs on lock down today, the Boston Police Department tweeted that there are “police operations” on Franklin Street. https://twitter.com/Boston_Police/status/325387113149374464 Shots were heard not too much longer. As more information becomes available, we will keep you updated.