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UPDATED | Second bombing suspect in custody

Published: Fri, April 19, 2013 @ 8:59 p.m.


The latest FBI photo of "Suspect No. 2," Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, released this morning.

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) -- A 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening 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.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been holed up in a boat in a Watertown neighborhood. The crowd gathered near the scene let out a cheer when spectators saw officers clapping.

"Everyone wants him alive," said Kathleen Paolillo, a 27-year-old teacher who lives in Watertown.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino tweeted "We got him," along with a photo of the police commissioner speaking to him.

During a long night of violence Thursday into Friday, the brothers killed an MIT police officer, severely wounded another lawman and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle, authorities said.

The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and family members as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers who had lived in Dagestan, which neighbors Chechnya in southern Russia. They had been in the U.S. for about a decade, an uncle said, and were believed to be living in Cambridge, Mass.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a 26-year-old who had been known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1 and was seen in surveillance footage of the marathon in a black baseball cap, was killed overnight, officials said. His younger brother, who had been dubbed Suspect No. 2 and was seen wearing a white, backward baseball cap in the images from Monday's deadly bombing - escaped and was on the run.

Their uncle in Maryland, Ruslan Tsarni, pleaded on live television: "Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness."

Authorities in Boston 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 Suspect No. 2 went on. Businesses were asked not to open. People waiting at bus and subway stops were told to go home. The Red Sox and Bruins postponed their games.

From Watertown to Cambridge, police SWAT teams, sharpshooters and FBI agents surrounded various buildings as police helicopters buzzed overhead and armored vehicles rumbled through the streets. Authorities also searched trains.

"We believe this man to be a terrorist," said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. "We believe this to be a man who's come here to kill people."

The bombings on Monday killed three people and wounded more than 180 others, tearing off limbs in a spray of shrapnel and instantly raising the specter of another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Chechnya was the scene of two wars between Russian forces and separatists since 1994, in which tens of thousands were killed in heavy Russian bombing. That spawned an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings in Russia and the region, although not in the West.

Investigators in the Boston case have shed no light on the motive for the bombing and have said it is unclear whether it was the work of domestic or international terrorists or someone else entirely with an unknown agenda.

The endgame - at least for Suspect No. 1 - came just hours after the FBI released photos and video of the two young men at the marathon's finish line and appealed to the public for help in identifying and capturing them.

State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said police realized they were dealing with the bombing suspects based on what the two men told a carjacking victim during their getaway attempt overnight.


1dmacker(535 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Over 400 thousand people have been told to lock down and shelter in place in The Watertown, MA area. A Chechnyan Terrorists is on the loose and and shooting people. This is when you need to have a gun to protect yourself and your family.
But in Massachusetts the strict gun laws would prevent that. Does this help you understand why we are fighting for our right to protect ourselves and our loved ones with firearms. If this man kicked in your front door what would you do to protect your loved ones?

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2excel(1302 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

It's all about the availability of guns! One of these brothers killed a police officer before he was taken down. No one from the general public took him down. End the availability of guns and our police wont have to face them when arrests are being made. TAKE ALL THE GUNS OFF THE STREETS!

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3DOLE2(595 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

The Russians are coming,the Russians are coming!

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4Pyroc(137 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

In a Fairy Tale taking guns off the street might be an option. In the REAL world there are hundreds of millions guns. Fortunately, 99.999 percent of those guns are in the hands of LAW ABIDING citizens. The scumbags did not use guns to cause death and injury at the Boston Marathon. I guess we better take Pressure Cookers off of the streets.

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5RustOnMyBelt(172 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Sleeper cell?

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6redeye1(5657 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Excel You are typical liberal who thinks taking away guns will solve all our problems NOT!
Maybe it's time we close off our borders to everyone now

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7AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago


All guns are originally purchased legally. By good people likes these 2 brothers were. Please explain to us how LEGAL guns become illegal guns.

Taking guns away from law abiding citizens is not what the Govt was trying to do. We need to control guns, not take them away from law abiding citizens.

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8Jive_Turkey(32 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Take gun out of "gun control" and what's left is CONTROL! Stop giving up your civil liberties in exchange for freedom - in the end you'll end up with neither.

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9UsuallyBlunt(105 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Gun Control is accomplished by USING BOTH HANDS...Citizen Control is accomplished by REMOVING GUNS FROM THEIR HANDS ! ! !

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10excel(1302 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Guns are the problem and not the solution! Let's get them off the streets!

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11redeye1(5657 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Excel I never carry my guns on the streets , I prefer the sidewalks, they are safer! In the street I just might hit by a car or a truck.

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12redeye1(5657 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

AAC Pressure cookers can also be purchased legally. But in the wrong hands they can be turned into bombs. So what do you think? That everyone who owns one, they should have to register it with the Fed Gov't . And they also must buy a pressure cooker safe too.

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13excel(1302 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

An officer being shot and killed by one of the bombers is much to do about guns on the streets. Lets get all of the guns off the streets!

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14UNCOMMONSENSE(626 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

I think we need to ban pressure cookers and backpacks. (Yes, tongue-in-cheek for the thinking challenged)

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15dmacker(535 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

We don't yet know how these two criminals obtained their guns. Logic could deduce that they obtained them the same way they obtained their explosives. Statistics show that criminals usually steal their guns. One of these suspects was not yet 21 and could not legally purchase a handgun.
Any form of background check would not have prevented the older suspect from purchasing firearms from a dealer or any other source. If he purchased those firearms with the intent to commit a crime of violence then he violated federal law with that purchase. Enforcing existing federal gun laws would put criminals who use gun in prison where they belong. While passing new laws without enforcement will not help.
How we bridged from the bombing to a discussion of guns is that thousands of law abiding people are now locked inside their homes some with no means to protect themselves and their loved ones due to the firearm laws in the state. If the suspect kicks in their door they have only seconds to respond when the police would take minutes to help.
We all should have the right to protect ourself and our loved ones from harm. As law abiding citizens in this country we should have the right to own guns. If you choose not to own guns that is your right. Just don't force your choice on me.

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16jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Can banning guns really protect us from those who choose to do us harm?

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17excel(1302 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Laws are put in place for the common good. Allowing the availability of guns to kill police officers is not in the best interest of society. While we can't eliminate the urge to kill for a few who desire to do so we can eliminate the guns that allow them to easily act on their urge to kill. LET'S GET ALL GUNS OFF THE STREETS!

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1876Ytown(1364 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

We may find out otherwise, but I have not heard or read anything that says these guys had guns. They used bombs at the marathon, hijacked a car at knife point and hurled explosives during the chase. Gunfire at the scene where suspect 1 was killed they did not say the suspects were armed with guns. The MIT officer was shot but was this his gun or the bombers?

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19DSquared(1788 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

How about banning Radical Muslim Extremists, instead of giving them asylum, scholarships, and looking the other way as they travel in and out of this country at will to obtain training to murder "Infidels". Boston embraces these people. Look what that city has produced lately. The 9-11 highjackers, Pedophile priests, the fabulous Kennedy family, Barney Fwank and now these butchers. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. You reap what you sew.

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20RTS1416(117 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

dmacker... Stop with your nonsense.There are no laws in Mass. that prevent people form owning firearms.

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21excel(1302 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

The pair shot and killed one officer. They then took his gun. They had guns and explosives. Taking all of the guns off the streets is the only way to defang those who have intent.

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22excel(1302 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

How? The carrot and the stick work very well. New laws will mandate a reward for turning someone in that has a gun. The reward can be in the form of cash and a lesser prison time when they are involved in a crime. If you have nothing to offer then it's extra prison time for being caught with a gun. In the past confiscated guns were melted down at V & M STAR. We need to get serious and take all of the guns off the streets!

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23DSquared(1788 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Come and get it. If you want to grab your ankles and surrender to the thugs, go right ahead. For the rest of us; we wll protect our loved ones from whoever threatens us.

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2476Ytown(1364 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

excel: "New laws will mandate a reward for turning someone in that has a gun."


Actually, Vindy did a poll on 1/31 asking the question: Would you report suspected wrongdoings by your neighbors to authorities. The results were NO 83%, YES 16%. http://www.vindy.com/polls/2013/jan/w...

2 things to consider: First, this is not a scientific poll and easily manipulated. Second, and this is what shocked me, was that this poll was taken after young Teddy Foltz of Struthers was murdered after a history of abuse and failure of the child protective system.

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