The Washington Times - April 19, 2013, 08:17AM

Massachusetts State Police said the Boston Marathon bombers fled the city in a Honda CRV and used that vehicle to carjack a Mercedes SUV. They said one of the brothers briefly stayed with the carjacking victim and then let him go, ditching the Honda and meeting up with his brother in the Mercedes. Both were in the Mercedes when police attempted to stop the vehicle and a gunfight erupted. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in that fight. The younger brother fled on foot.

— Jerry Seper

12:53 p.m.

Suspect No. 1 killed by police, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, won the New England Golden Gloves in 2009 in the open heavyweight division (201 pounds) and went on to fight in the national Golden Gloves tournament in Salt Lake City, the New York Daily News reports.

12:50 p.m.

Amtrak Acela service north of New York City to Boston is suspended.

12:49 p.m.

Officers going door-to-door.

- Associated Press


Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev is a naturalized U.S. citizen, as is his brother, Tamelan, according to various media reports.

12:41 p.m.

Timothy Alben, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, told reporters that authorities are “progressing” through the neighborhood.

- Thomas Howell Jr.

12:39 p.m.

Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Timothy Alben said “there has been no apprehension at this point.” He said bomb squads will soon detonate ordnance at Tsarnaev’s Cambridge apartment “out of an abundance of caution.” 

12:37 p.m.

“We are a city that’s not gonna let the terrorists win over,” vows Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

12:35 p.m.

Massachusetts gov. Deval Patrick says the lock-down remains in place for residents. He hints that dramatic details will be revealed at a later time.

12:33 p.m.

Police news conference getting underway.

12:22 p.m.

Authorities have released a photo of slain MIT officer Sean Collier.

11:55 a.m.

Anzor Tsarnaev, the father of the two suspects in the Boston bombings, called on his 19-year-old son, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, to give up peacefully.

He also said, in an ABC report, that “all hell will break loose” in the United States if police kill him. He did not specify further in the ABC report.

The father made the statements from his home in the Russian city of Makhachkala. He told The Associated Press in an earlier telephone call that ended angrily: My sons “were set up. I saw it on television. They killed my son.”

Mr. Tsarnaev told ABC that he had spoken with his sons on the telephone earlier this week.

“We talked about the bombing. I was worried about them,” he said, adding that his sons reassured him. “[They told me], everything is good, Daddy. Everything is very good.”

— Cheryl K. Chumley

11:47 a.m.

Richard DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston field office who released a videotape and pictures of the Boston Marathan bombers, used a similar public plea in 2011 in the capture of Boston crime boss James J. “Whitey” Bulger, who has been on the run from law enforcement authorities for more than 16 years.

Bulger was arrested in June 2011 in a Santa Monica, Calif., home he shared with his girlfriend, ending a manhunt that had landed the infamous mob leader on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.”

The FBI said Bulger and his longtime companion, Catherine Elizabeth Greig, were taken into custody without incident by agents acting on what the FBI said was a tip resulting from the release of videos and photographs on daytime TV and billboards.

The 81-year-old crime boss was wanted in connection with 19 homicides and also was accused of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit extortion, narcotics distribution, conspiracy to commit money laundering, extortion and laundering illicit mob profits.

“Recent publicity produced a tip which led agents to Santa Monica where they located both Bulger and Greig,” Mr. DesLauriers, said at the time.

— Jerry Seper

11:35 a.m.

The uncle of the two young men accused of bombing the Boston Marathon said his nephews are “losers” and may have resorted to violence because they had trouble assimilating into the United States.

Ruslan Tsarni told reporters outside his home in Montgomery Village, Md., that he hasn’t seen them in years and wanted nothing to do with the family. He said the pair has brought shame on his family and all people from Chechnya, a region of Russia where he and his relatives are from.

“Of course, we’re ashamed. … They are children of my brother, who had little influence over them,” he said.

However, he repeatedly called them “losers” who may have harbored “hatred to those who were able to settle themselves.”

The elder of the brothers, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with police oversight. The younger brother, Dzokhar, is still at large.

“If you’re alive, turn yourself in and ask forgiveness from the victims, from the injured,” the uncle told him.

After he granted the interview, he asked a horde of reporters to respect his privacy.

— Tom Howell Jr.

11:30 a.m.

At the request of local authorities, and due to ongoing police activity, Amtrak announced that its Acela Express and Northeast Regional service is suspended indefinitely between Providence, R.I .and Boston. Amtrak Downeaster is operating a modified schedule with no service to Boston. Amtrak service is operating normally between Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York.

A decision about restoration of service into the Boston area will be made when local authorities inform us operations can resume. Amtrak Police continue to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies.

— Jerry Seper

11:25 a.m.

Police tell CNN that they have the CRV, the car used in the carjack, in custody.

11:24 a.m.

Anzor Tsarnaev, the father of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, called his son, Dzhokhar, an “angel” with a long list of accomplishments.

In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Mr. Tsarnaev said from the southern Russian republic of Dagestan that 19-year-old Dzhokhar was a “true angel,” and “an intelligent boy” who had been studying medicine.

Mr. Tsarnaev’s telephone interview with the AP didn’t end amicably. AP reported he became agitated and abruptly terminated the call. He also said of his sons: “They were set up. I saw it on television. They killed my older son Tamerlan.”

He finished the call, AP reported with this: “Leave me alone. My son’s been killed.”

— Cheryl K. Chumley

11:22 a.m.

A high school classmate of Dzokhar Tsarnaev at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, the younger of two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing, said he was a regular guy who went to parties and did well in school.

“He was very normal,” Sierra Schwartz,  who is now 20 years old now, told the Today Show.

She said she recognized Dzokhar immediately after the FBI released photos of the pair suspected of setting off the twin blasts near the race’s finish line on Monday. His older brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout overnight with police in Watertown, Mass.

— Thomas Howell Jr.

11:14 a.m.

Law enforcement authorities said they believe the remaining Boston Marathon bombing suspect might be preparing for a deadly suicide-style final shootout with police, which prompted an expansion of the lockdown area in Watertown. The remaining bomber, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, is thought to be heavily armed, could be in possession of additional bombs and is ready to “fight to the finish,” they said. 

— Jerry Seper

11:12 a.m.

Kyrgyz authorities confirm Chechen Tsarnayev brothers born in Kygyzstan; to Dagestan, Russia and then US, the Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz reports

11:08 a.m.

From the Boston Globe: ‘I think it’s fair to say this entire week we’ve been in pretty direct confrontation with evil,’ Secretary of State John Kerry says. Kerry represented the Bay State for nearly 30 years in the Senate.

11:05  a.m.

Taxi service has resumed in Boston. Public transit remains closed.

11:03 a.m.

The White House said President Obama’s briefing in the Situation Room on the developments in Boston ended shortly after 10:45 a.m. The hour-long meeting included members of Mr. Obama’s senior staff and national security team.

— Dave Boyer

10:59 a.m.

The Boston Globe is reporting that police are investigating four separate crime scenes in Watertown.

10:52 a.m.

CNN reporting police radio traffic is crackling with a request for a Russian translator in Watertown.

10:45 a.m.

A frantic scene is developing on a Watertown street as rifle-toting officers are clearing a busy street on cars, pedestrians and media.

10:33 a.m.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer said to have been shot and killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been identified as 26-year-old Sean Collier.

The Middlesex district attorney’s office says Collier was a Somerville resident who had worked at MIT since January 2012. Before that, he was a civilian employee of the Somerville Police Department.

— Associated Press

9:29 a.m.

Tamerlan Dzhokhar, Tamerian Dzhokhar, 26, described as “Suspect #1” in the Boston Marathon bombings whowas shot in a confrontation with police early Friday, was in cardiac arrest when he reached Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, law enforcement sources said.

Dr. Richard Wolfe, chief of emergency medicine at the hospital, told reporters that doctors labored to save him without success. He said the man had multiple gunshot wounds and what appeared to be injuries from an explosion.

— Jerry Seper

9:24 a.m.

President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden are receiving a briefing in the White House situation room on the Boston bombing probe and the manhunt for the second suspect.

The briefing began shortly after 9:45 a.m. Friday, led by FBI Director Robert Mueller and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. The president also received updates on the developments overnight.

Other members of the president’s national security team in the briefing are White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco, deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken, deputy White House Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, deputy counsel to the president Avril Haines and national security adviser to the vice president Jake Sullivan.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and CIA Director John Brennan joined the meeting by video conference.

— Dave Boyer

10:07 a.m.

Chechnya has been through two wars and an ongoing insurgency — including bombings and hostage-taking — since the fall of the Soviet Union, but U.S. intelligence officials said if the two Boston Marathon bombers are linked to Chechnya-area terrorists, it would mark the first time the Russian conflict has spread to U.S. targets.

— Jerry Seper

10:03 a.m.

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