Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said Thursday that had the three new suspects tied to the Boston Marathon bombing case come forward earlier, they “probably” could have saved the life of Officer Brian Collier, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology policeman who officials say was killed by one of the two bombing suspects.
“Let’s assume the complaint is true,” Mr. Giuliani said on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “These three men could have prevented the death of Officer Collier, probably. They were aware by 6, 7 o’clock at night [on April 18] that these two guys were the bombers. If they had done what decent young men should do, which is call the police, given the focus of that investigation, given the resources they had in Boston, FBI, Boston police, given how effective they were in investigating, they’d have probably gotten these guys within an hour or two.”
The complaint alleges that Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev and Robel Phillipos went to bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room and removed items on April 18 after one of the three recognized him on television as one of the suspects. Authorities say Collier was shot and killed that night by at least one of the Tsarnaev brothers.
Mr. Giuliani said that as a prosecutor, based on the complaint, he would seek charges relating to the shooting death of Collier, the shooting of transit Officer Richard Donohue, and the kidnapping and carjacking purportedly carried out by Dzokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, that occurred that night.
Mr. Tazhayakov and Mr. Kadyrbayev have been charged with conspiring to obstruct justice, and Mr. Phillipos has been charged with lying to federal investigators.
“Look, you don’t do this just to help a friend,” Mr. Giuliani said. “You don’t help a friend who just killed an eight-year-old boy. You don’t help a friend who just bombed a city. You do this because there’s some kind of ideological connection, there’s some kind of joining of the cause. I don’t accept the fact that they’re just a bunch of three kids who are just helping a friend. Helping a friend who just bombed a city?”
“A consequence of this conspiracy that they joined is the death of a police officer,” he continued. “These men are looking at a long, long time in jail. I’d be seeking 20, 30 years in jail.”