Marathon bomber manhunt blog: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hid from police in Watertown yard

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8:51: p.m.

Police confirm: Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev in custody.

8:44 p.m.

Police have just erupted in a round of applause, various media are reporting.

8:42 p.m.

FBI officials acted on a search warrant in New Bedford, Mass., and have taken three people — two males and one female — in for questioning, CNN reported.

7:53 p.m.

There were several explosions as snipers surrounded the Watertown yard where the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev may be hiding on a boat trailer. Fire has sparked in the boat.

The explosions may be flash-bangs used by police to stun the suspect or tear-gas grenade launchers to flush out the suspect. Details are still developing.

7:39 p.m.

The second Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev may be hiding on a boat trailer in a Watertown backyard as police corner the home. Authorities were bringing a robot to access the area.

Police are cautious and worried that he may have bombs. They have him surrounded.

About 20 to 30 shots were fired at the house on Franklin Street.

7:11 p.m.

Police may have cornered the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect — Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev — and are using tear gas in the Watertown building, CNN reported. Residents were warned to stay inside.

6:24 p.m.

Col. Timothy Alben, head of the Massachusetts State Police, said during a Friday afternoon news briefing that the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect — Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev — had not yet been found despite a massive search in Watertown, but that the hunt for him continued.

“He fled on foot. We do not have an apprehension, but we will have one,” he said. “We are committed to doing that.” He also asked that anyone who might see the suspected bomber, do not try to apprehend him. “Dial 9-1-1,” he said, describing the suspected bomber as “quiet and dangerous.”

He said the younger brother’s ties were in Massachusetts and he believed that he remained in the state. He also said the brothers threw explosives at the police officers during the police chase and shootout.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick also noted that 200 shots were exchanged in the shooting between the bombers and police.

Older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev died Thursday night from his injuries.

Mr. Patrick also said citizens should “get back out” into the community, but that they should be “vigil.”

— Jerry Seper

6:21 p.m.

Although the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains at large, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Friday that the stay-indoors lockdown has been lifted and the “T,” or mass transit, is now operational.

He warned, however, that residents should remain vigilant. If the public sees the suspect, they should call 911 or the FBI Hotline at 1-800-call-FBI.

— Maria Stainer

5:59 p.m.

Three sources told CNN Friday that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev threw one grenade and five pipe bombs Thursday night during a gunfight with police.

Of the five, three detonated and two did not, CNN reported. Earlier in the day, a pressure-cooker bomb and some explosives were detonated by police.

5:25 p.m.

President Obama called Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Friday afternoon to express condolences for the death of a police officer killed by the alleged suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

“The president said that the entire country is behind the people of Boston as well as Massachusetts, and that the full force of the federal government will continue to be made available until those responsible are brought to justice,” the White House said in a statement.

MIT police officer Sean Collier, 26, was shot and killed Thursday night by the bombing suspects, police said. One of the suspects was later killed in a shootout with police; the second man is being sought.

A second officer, transit police officer Richard Donohue, also was shot by the suspects and is in critical condition in a hospital. The White House initially sent out a statement saying that Mr. Obama offered his condolences for the deaths of both officers; it sent out a correction several minutes later clarifying that one officer had died.

— Dave Boyer

5:02 p.m.

Chancellor Divina Gross at UMASS Dartmouth said in a statement that the Boston Marathon tragedy “has touched our University in many ways.” She said the university drew strength from a campus vigil Tuesday that attracted hundreds of people in remembrance of the marathon victims, and “today we learned that a suspect is one of our students.”

“We closed and evacuated the campus to assure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. The safety of our campus is always our top priority,” she said. “I want to thank all of the law enforcement personnel for their courageous and professional response. I also want to commend our students, faculty and staff for their calm and orderly actions during this very difficult situation.”

— Jerry Seper

4:22 p.m.

The father of the two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon says his sons were framed.

“They were set up, they were set up!” Anzor Tsarnaev said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I saw it on television; they killed my older son Tamerlan.”

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed overnight in a shootout with police in Watertown, Mass., after the FBI released photo of him alongside his 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar, at the site of the bombing on Monday near the finish line of the famous race.

The men are accused of killing at officer at the MIT campus and leading police on a car chase before the standoff.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is still at large, prompting authorities to lock down Watertown and ask everyone in Boston to stay indoors.

An aunt of the boys also gave an impromptu interview, aired on CNN, in which she said there was no evidence against her nephews and that the photos must have been staged.

Ethnic Chechens, the Tsarnaevs left the embattled region of southern Russia and moved into neighboring territory in Asian and then to Dagestan, another Muslim republic in Russia, according to multiple media accounts.

Anzor Tsarnaev spoke about his sons from Dagestan, where he now lives.

His comments contrasted those of an uncle in Maryland, Ruslan Tsarni, who said the boys were “losers” and probably had trouble assimilating into American society.

He implored Dzhokhar to turn himself in to authorities and beg for forgiveness.

— Tom Howell Jr.

4:07 p.m.

Zubeidat Tsarnaev, the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, told Russia Today’s English language TV news channel that her sons were innocent.

“This is a set up,” she said by telephone from Makhachkala, capital of the Russian Republic of Dagestan.

“My sons would never do such a thing,” she said. “Tamarlan, the eldest, had “got involved in … religious politics about five years ago,” but he “never told me he would be on the side of Jihad.” “Nobody talked about terrorism or jihad” in her household, she said.

“The mother’s first name, Zubeidat, suggests she is of Dagestani origin,” noted Mairbek Vatchagaev, a scholar with the Jamestown Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, adding that could account for the family’s decision to move to Dagestan.

He said the family appeared to have moved there after the second Chechen war began in 1999, having apparently become refugees.

— Shaun Waterman

3:45 p.m.

Police, under instructions to make every effort to capture Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev alive, are methodically searching neighborhoods in Watertown and Cambridge — and scouring the campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where Tsarnaev took undergraduate classes.

3:30 p.m.

Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman was visited in the hospital by actor Bradley Cooper and New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman. Bauman, despite losing both legs in the blast, provided key details that helped the FBI identify the attackers. 

3:20 p.m.

Boston Bruins game postponed, also.

3:08 p.m.

Boston Red Sox official Twitter feed: Tonight’s Red Sox game at Fenway Park scheduled for 7:10pm has been postponed to support efforts of law enforcement officers.

2:56 p.m.

Here is the latest map and timeline in the hunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. 

2:41 p.m.

Law enforcement authorities said suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, now the object of a massive manhunt, is believed to have been wounded during the early morning shootout with police and authorities had tracked him at some point during the manhunt by his bloody trail.

— Jerry Seper

2:08 p.m.

Massachusetts native Richard DesLauriers, who heads the bureau’s Boston field office and has been at the helm of the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing, is a 26-year veteran of the FBI. He has an extensive background in counterintelligence and espionage.

Prior to his appointment in Boston, he served as deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters, where he was responsible for nationwide counterintelligence operations and espionage investigations.

Mr. DesLauriers began his FBI career in January 1987 and his first assignment was Birmingham division in Alabama, where he worked violent crime and fugitive matters and began his career in counterintelligence. He was transferred to the New York division in December 1990, where he continued to work counterintelligence matters. In 1995, Mr. DesLauriers was promoted to supervisory special agent within the Eurasian Section of the National Security Branch at FBI Headquarters.

In December 1997, he transferred to the Boston Division, where he supervised counterintelligence cases and served as the division’s counterintelligence program coordinator. He was designated as an assistant special agent in charge of the division in 2003, overseeing counterintelligence programs in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire, as well as the division’s administrative programs.

Mr. DesLauriers was promoted to section chief of the Global Section, Counterintelligence Division in February 2005. In that position, he was responsible for national program management of counterintelligence and espionage investigations. In April 2006, he was designated as special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division in the New York Division.

Mr. DesLauriers is a native of Longmeadow, Mass. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Assumption College and a Juris Doctor degree from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.

— Jerry Seper

2 p.m.

Police tell residents of both Massachusetts to be on the lookout for a 1999 green Honda Civic, with a Massachusetts license plate of 116GC7. Various media report the car may be driven by Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.

— Cheryl K. Chumley

1:56 p.m.

Maret Tsarnaev, the aunt of the Boston bombing suspects, told CNN that she brought them to the United States in April 2002. First, the parents came with the youngest son, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who police are searching for in Watertown. Later, the father reunited his children — two boys and two girls. She told CNN that she believes the two suspects were set up, but she didn’t elaborate as to by whom.

1:31 p.m.

Federal records show that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers, became a U.S. citizen on Sept. 11, 2012. Tsarnaev, known as “Suspect #2” in the white baseball cap, was born in Kyrgyzstan. He had a Massachusetts driver’s license and was living in the Boston suburb of Cambridge.

— Jerry Seper

1:29 p.m.

The FBI is at the northern New Jersey home of the sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The police director in West New York, N.J., says the woman has told authorities she has not been in frequent touch with her brothers. He says she is very upset.

Police did not have her name. They have cordoned off the three-story brick building across the Hudson River from New York City.

— Associated Press

1:23 p.m.

April 19 is hallowed day in greater Boston, as 238 years ago today the “shot hear ‘round the world” was fired as the battles of Lexington and Concord sparked the Revolutionary War. The Boston Marathon bombig took place on the Patriots’ Day holiday, which is held on the Monday of the week of April 19. 

1:14 p.m.

The Boston Glove tracked down down Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev’s assistant wrestling coach at Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Peter Payack. This is what Payack told the Globe:

“He was a dedicated kid, and all the kids loved him,” Payack said. “We only name captains who are good, but who also gain respect from his fellow wrestlers. He had to be a leader, and he had all those qualities. He was one of my guys.”

1:07 p.m.

Fox News is reporting that officers have been instructed to make every effort to capture Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev alive. 

12:58 p.m.

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