UPDATE: 2nd bombing suspect in custody

(UPDATE: Friday 8:53 p.m.) Boston Police say a 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings is in custody after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.
AP Wire
Apr 19, 2013

 

Police announced via Twitter shortly before 9 p.m. Friday  that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed earlier Friday in a furious attempt to escape police.

The brothers are suspects in Monday's marathon bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 180 others. The men are also suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer in his vehicle late Thursday.

Authorities in Boston had 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 the remaining suspect went on.

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Law enforcement officials and family members identified the suspects as 19-year-old Massachusetts college student Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, still at large, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, dead. The ethnic Chechen brothers from Russia lived near Boston and had been in the U.S. for about a decade, an uncle said.

In a long night of violence that began Thursday evening, they shot and killed an MIT policeman, severely wounded another law enforcement officer, and hurled explosives at police during a gun battle and car chase that ended with the younger brother slipping through officers' fingers in a hail of bullets, authorities said.

As the manhunt dragged on, the suspects' uncle in Maryland, Ruslan Tsarni, pleaded on television: "Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness."

The search by thousands of law enforcement officers all but paralyzed the Boston area. Officials shut down all mass transit, including Amtrak trains to New York, advised businesses not to open, and warned close to 1 million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay inside and unlock their doors only for uniformed police.

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

Some neighborhoods resembled a military encampment, with officers patrolling with guns drawn and aimed, residents peering nervously from windows and people near surrounded buildings spirited away.

The bloody turn in the case came just hours after the FBI released photos and video of two suspects in the bombing and asked for the public's help in identifying and catching them.

Authorities said the man dubbed Suspect No. 1 — the one in sunglasses and a dark baseball cap in the surveillance-camera pictures — was Tamerlan Tsarnaev, while Suspect No. 2, the one in a white baseball cap worn backwards, was his brother.

The bombings on Monday near the Boston Marathon finish line killed three people and wounded more than 180, tearing off limbs in a spray of shrapnel and sparking fears across the nation that another terrorist attack had come to U.S. soil.

Chechnya has been 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.

But investigators have shed no light on the motive for the Boston Marathon bombing and said it was unclear whether it was the work of domestic or international terrorists or someone else entirely.

The FBI was swamped with tips after the release of the photos — 3,000 every second by one estimate — but what role those played in the overnight clash was unclear. 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.

Exactly how the long night of crime began was marked by conflicting reports. But police said the brothers carjacked a man in a Mercedes-Benz in Cambridge, just across the Charles River from Boston, then released him unharmed at a gas station.

They also shot to death a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, 26-year-old Sean Collier, while he was responding to a report of a disturbance, investigators said.

The search for the Mercedes led to a chase that ended in Watertown, where authorities said the suspects threw explosive devices from the car and exchanged gunfire with police. A transit police officer, 33-year-old Richard Donohue, was shot and critically wounded, authorities said.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev somehow slipped away; his brother died in a Boston hospital.

The brothers had built an arsenal of pipe bombs, grenades and improvised explosive devices and used some of the weapons as they drove off in the stolen car, said Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Watertown resident Kayla Dipaolo said she was woken up overnight by gunfire and a large explosion that sounded "like it was right next to my head ... and shook the whole house." She said she was looking at the front door when a bullet came through the side paneling. SWAT team officers were running all over her yard, she said.

"It was very scary," she said. "There are two bullet holes in the side of my house, and by the front door there is another."

Christine Yajko said she heard two loud explosions and gunfire. She said a police officer later knocked on her door and told her there was an undetonated improvised explosive device in the street and warned her to stay away from the windows.

"It was on the street, right near our kitchen window," she said.

Tsarni, the men's uncle, told The Associated Press that the brothers traveled here together from Russia. He called his nephews "losers" and said they had struggled to settle in the U.S. and ended up "thereby just hating everyone."

U.S. government officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to talk about an investigation in progress, said Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled to Russia last year and returned to the U.S. six months later.

His last known address was in Cambridge, Mass. He had studied accounting as a part-time student at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston for three semesters from 2006 to 2008, the school said.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was registered as a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Students said he lived in a dorm there and was on campus this week after the Boston Marathon bombing. The campus closed down Friday along with colleges around the Boston area.

The city of Cambridge announced two years ago that it had awarded a $2,500 scholarship to him. At the time, he was a senior at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, a highly regarded public school whose alumni include Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing.

The men's father, Anzor Tsarnaev, said in a telephone interview with AP from the Russian city of Makhachkala that his younger son, Dzhokhar, is "a true angel." He said his son was studying medicine.

"He is such an intelligent boy," the father said. "We expected him to come on holidays here."

According to the FBI, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was seen setting down a bag at the site of the second of two explosions at the marathon finish line.

Insurgents from Chechnya and neighboring restive provinces in the Caucasus have long been involved in terrorist attacks in Moscow and other places in Russia.

In 2002, Chechen militants took 800 people hostage in Moscow and held them for two days before special forces stormed the building, killing all 41 captors. Also killed were 129 hostages, mostly from the effects of the gas Russian forces used to subdue the attackers.

Chechen insurgents also launched a 2004 raid in the southern Russian town of Beslan and took hundreds of hostages. The siege ended in a bloodbath two days later, with more than 330 people, about half of them children, killed.

Comments

Wingmaster

Their father, Anzor Tsarnaev, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from the Russian city of Makhachkala that his younger son, Dzhokhar, is "a true angel."

Ya, right he's an Angel alright! Time for this wart to find out. Hopefully this a$$ is about to be removed from society perminately!!

Vladtheimp

Let's see - after attempting to ensure that citizens can't defend themselves against predators like these, Obama and the democrats, abetted by Rubio. Graham, McCain and the media now tell us that this is a great time to grant amnesty to 11,000,000 people we don't know anything about while refusing to enact meaningful border security.

What could possibly go wrong?

Hows about forgetting amnesty, gun control, gay marriage, global warming, war on women, selling Obamacare and a host of other piddling distractions and focusing on real jobs, getting Americans off of food stamps, disability, and welfare and back to work instead of creating cheap labor for agriculture and business and new democrat voters? What a concept!

Lanivan

You were really paying attention when Rahm instructed us to never let a crisis go to waste.

Just for curiosity's sake, do you write Ann Coulter's rant material, or do you get a live feed into your home office?

Vladtheimp

Talk About Shameless! You should review your posts and see how many times the name Gabby Giffords appears, Newtown appears, Columbine appears. In case you want to lose some money, I'll wager whatever you want that the opponents of Comprehensive Amnesty will not pay for the Boston Marathon survivors to lobby against the Gag of 8 plan; will not arrange for them to meet great numbers of Members of Congress, will not use them as props for press conferences, with their Chiefs of Staffs wiping tears from their eyes like Vice President Bite Me.

Lanivan

Talk about a slippery slope of saccharin snipe, not to mention your previous admonition to not politicize the attack! I should take you up on your wager, since you don't seem to have much predictive powers, given your scenarios of whodunit, although tantalizingly close, didn't quite muster up. The murderers, neither homegrown right-wing or Ivy League left-wing nuts (UofMass - public!), and although allegedly Moslem, weren't of the more favored middle eastern variety. And then, to top it off, you can't rail on the public employee/union angle, since the Boston law enforcement and the FBI did such a heroic and efficient job of catching the nihilistic killers with a minimum of collateral damage.

So - after studying the tweets of Whip Hand Ann, you get your instructions and embark on the immigrant attack angle. Now that it's taking on an Interpol angle, and evil neighbor Putin is joining forces with the FBI, Sarah will be handing out additional marching orders any time now. Stay on alert!

Since you bring up gun control, my question is this - how did a naturalized US citizen/immigrant of Chechen origin who had been targeted by the FBI and Russia for at least two years, and a young college student/wrestler get all those guns?

Wingmaster

Ah, I think that was me that said let's not politicize the attacks. Best get your admonishment straight Lan if your going to get into it with Vlad. I will hold my tongue long enough until we get a little more info. Let's see what this wart has to say after he gets the tube outta his throat!

My guess is we are not gonna get much from him cause he's the punk in this little operation. We will get more from the computers and their chatter there.

Hey by the way, did ya see how many people in Mass. suddenly are interested in owning a gun. Nothing like a little terrorist activity in your neighborhood to get ya real excited about owning a gun!

P.S. enjoy your whooping from Vlad...carry on

Lanivan

Best get your admonishment straight, Wing - On Tuesday, April 16, Vlad said: "It's unconscionable to: (1) ignore the evil that led to this terrorist attack; (2) politicize the attack".

To be fair, as is my wont, in a post under the same piece, you also stated: "No room for politics here"....

However, since I was replying to a comment made by Vlad at the time of my admonishment, I used his admonishment, not your admonishment.

If you consider Vlad's reply in our game of Red Rover a "whooping", I'm glad you're not on my team!

Wingmaster

Ok, I "trust but verifed that" ;-) Thank you for the clarification.

The "whooping" I speak of is in the future tense of the dialogue and time will tell...carry on

Vladtheimp

I did indeed say it would be unconscionable on the 16th, and then read that Schmuckie Schumer did exactly that on the 19th when he first warned everyone not to conflate Boston with his Amnesty Bill, and then did exactly that by claiming it would make us safer.

Lanivan

Perhaps Senator Schumer spoke on the 19th because on the 17th Rep Steve King, R-Iowa, author of horror statements ("immigrants are livestock"), began spewing immigration/terrorists science fiction, and on the 19th, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, began his latest cud with, "Given the events of this week....".

And then on the 20th, you referred to immigrants as, "new democrat voters", an unconscionable and political statement that directly contradicts your previous statement made on the 16th.

Lanivan

And then, of course, your Mistress of Credentials, Qualifications and Directives, saint Ann, dived into the fray, sometime around the 18th, (and in her haste to trash, her tweet erroneously implied suspect #1 was not legal)..."Also piling on was conservative columnist Ann Coulter, who has made clear over the last few months that she opposes immigration reform because she thinks it would lead to the "end of America" since Latinos are busy "having illegitimate children and going on welfare." She marked the shootout in Boston, and took a poke at the Florida senator who is leading immigration reform efforts, by mischievously tweeting:

"It's too bad Suspect No. 1 won't be able to be legalized by Marco Rubio, now."

Vladtheimp

I can only respond to what motivated me to write the post I did, plus my own analysis of what the impact of amnesty without first making the border truly secure would be, including how it would impact our unemployment rate (especially in the black community); its impact on our social spending, its impact on the availability of health care, its impact on national security, and its impact on politics.

Lanivan

Ok - fair enough. What do you make of conservative economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin's comments: "Conservative economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin is out with a new study indicating that immigration reform can reinvigorate the American economy."

“Immigration reform is a potentially powerful tool of economic policy that can improve economic growth and the budgetary outlook,” he told The Daily Caller.

“A benchmark immigration reform would raise the pace of economic growth by nearly a percentage point over the near term, raise GDP per capita by over $1,500 and reduce the cumulative federal deficit by over $2.5 trillion,” the executive summary of the study concludes.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/1...

I'd like to take you up on your offer of an wager. If you can provide objective data that verifies your oft-repeated phrase, spoken as implied fact, that the current immigration proposal will indeed lead to "amnesty for 11,000,000 immigrants", you can have my signed, second edition, 1940 copy of Barry Goldwater's "Arizona Portraits".

Vladtheimp

Not much, but it says a lot that you are supporting the former CBO head under the hated Bush to achieve amnesty. I will await the Heritage Foundation analysis, the new upcoming CBO analysis, and what comes out of regular order, that should produce extensive hearings on the subject.

Surely no reasonable person would object to extensive open hearings on a matter of such importance. I would also like to hear from law enforcement - the head of the ICE union was ejected from Schumer's press conference announcing the legislation because he dared to ask questions at a press conference.

I assume (I know, I know) that you will agree with the 11,000,000 figure after reading that number from the New York Times and the Democratic Underground link provided earlier, so the only issues will be "objective" and "amnesty." If you agree with what federal and state law enforcement officers say on whether this is amnesty or not. we will have to agree on "objective" criteria, which we may learn more about after the open hearings.

This kind of thing isn't helpful " Obama Administration Admits It Scuttled Border Security Metric to Protect Amnesty"
http://www.rightsidenews.com/201...

Lanivan

My usual response to your generally negative opinions is most often justified. This time, again prodded to dig deeper, on the immigration issue my response is currently in a state of flux - as yours seems to become more cautious. It appears a Rob't Rector/Heritage Foundation analysis may not be embraced by the Repub's like it was 6 years ago. Knives for dissecting are being sharpened, and definitely the trend is toward aligning with the Holtz-Eakin style of findings.

You mentioned border control - this is a distraction, as under Obama, border policing has doubled and deportations are at highest levels @ 400,00/year. The gov't spends more in immigration enforcement than the FBI, DEA, Secret Service, etc combined (doesn't necessarily add or detract from the argument). And the net flow of migrants from Mexico is currently at minus zero. The A-word/definition/connotation is the heart of the matter, and how one brands the 11,000,000 shadow population - your *assumption* re: NYT - right on - :<. Your mention of the effect immigration policy has on the black community led me to the Borjas/Grogger/Hansen analysis on African-American displacement, and in turn, has begun my fluidity on the amnesty angle.

What is glaringly obvious is many of your compatriots do not see the "11,000,000 new democrat voters" in quite the same way you do. After the 2-1 Latino Obama vote, immigration is the issue that might bring redemption to the party that could lose out on a generation or two of Latino votes - and they really, really need those votes.

Vladtheimp

Your train has left the tracks, Lanny

1. I have no idea what you are referring to regarding Ann Coulter tweets - never seen them;

2. "Allegedly" Moslem? How very politically correct of you!

3. It is the left wing that is always claiming terrorist attacks are attributable to conservatives - a good source for a list of examples is: http://legalinsurrection.com/201...

4. It is Lord Obama who constantly politicizes tragedies and alleged crises - shamelessly!

5. Massachusetts, home of Teddy the Swimmer, Kerry, Dukakis, the execrable Ed Markey, and Elizabeth Princess Lies-ALot Warren has very strict gun laws, as one would expect. How do homicidal criminals get guns, you ask - they ignore the law - DUH!

6. There are 2 kinds of Chechen terrorists - those who hate Russia, and Moslems who hate Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and other Moslems they disagree with. The brothers Tsarnaev are obviously a part of the latter group, but may be two-fers - does it really surprise you that Putin may be happy to rat out a Chechen?

7. Apparently you support Obama and the democrats, abetted by Rubio. Graham, McCain and the media telling us that this is a great time to grant amnesty to 11,000,000 people we don't know anything about while refusing to enact meaningful border security. We'll have to agree to disagree.

Lanivan

Aahh....I love the smell of feathers ruffling in the morning.

1. Maybe you did,....and maybe you did.

2. Bingo - I threw that one in for you.

3. You are so yesterday. The new far right-wing conspiracy theory is that the two Chechen/US citizen brothers were double agents, according to Debkafile: http://www.debka.com/article/229....

4. If by "politicizes tragedies and "alleged" (oh, you are a clever one) crises", you mean attending inter-faith services and giving comforting and inspirational words to grieving families, or providing them with opportunities to express their desires for congressional action, I guess you are correct. I'm sure you agree that it's far better to have a president that shows up and acts and speaks appropriately, with sensitivity and empathy, rather than, say, Bush, who developed shameless Katrina allergies, or was forced into that ridiculously shameless Mission Accomplished political stunt in front of a nation rattled by crises.

5. Or they obtain guns by circumventing the laws through the myriad of loopholes, like no background checks on flea market and online sales. You know, those background check loopholes that were addressed in the latest gun proposals that were voted down by a minority of spineless, cowardly, lily-livered, and weak Senators, against the wishes of 90% of US citizens, and 80% of gun owners.

6. See #3.

7. As to your repeated assertion of 11,000,000 people, I can find nothing to back up your number. My only conclusion is that you find that particular number fun to type.

As to your repeated accusation of "granting amnesty", the only conclusion is that you are referring to Reagan's Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986, that failed to stem the flow of illegal immigration due to minimal requirements. The current Gang of 8 proposal offers a 13 year pathway to legal status and eventual citizenship, with registration, fines, fees, (4) separate background checks, tighter rules on employment verification, and tighter ways to prevent Social Security misuse.

Of course, you may be acting on your own hybrid definition of "amnesty", rather than the commonly accepted definition.

Launi

Vladtheimp

You say: "You know, those background check loopholes that were addressed in the latest gun proposals that were voted down by a minority of spineless, cowardly, lily-livered, and weak Senators, against the wishes of 90% of US citizens, and 80% of gun owners."

Facts are: A word, first, about that Senate "minority." Majority Leader Harry Reid was free to bring the deal struck by West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey to the floor for an up-or-down vote, and this background-checks amendment might have passed. It did convince 54 Senators, including four Republicans.

But under Senate rules, a simple majority vote would have opened the measure to up to 30 hours of debate, which would have meant inspecting the details. The White House demanded, and Mr. Reid agreed, that Congress should try to pass the amendment without such a debate.

Majority rules would have also opened the bill to pro-gun amendments that were likely to pass. That would have boxed Mr. Reid into the embarrassing spectacle of having to later scotch a final bill because it also contained provisions that the White House loathes. So Mr. Reid moved under "unanimous consent" to allow nine amendments, each with a 60-vote threshold. Read the whole sorry story http://online.wsj.com/article/SB...

11,000,000 "President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, senior administration officials and lawmakers said last week." New York Times See http://www.democraticunderground...

Lanivan

Although appreciative of your attempt to blame the shameful Senatorial vote on procedural issues - and you do bring up good points, I tend to favor the recent Nate Silver statistical analysis (NYT) that shows quite clearly that the nay votes were more predicated on being the benefiaries of NRA and other gun money largesse, etc, the number of gun owners/state, and the voting history/state, especially the last election, than on a lack of debate.

Some blame Obama for not begging the six senators (Maureen Dowd - talk about po'd), etc, but I will not retract my assertion that the 45 nay votes were made in a spirit of weakness and spinelessness. When the NRA/GOA/NAGR shot money to all but three of the 45 senators (your Ted Cruz received $14,000), and established a "Nay Vote Registry" to be used in upcoming elections (this time a "registry" meets their constitutional criteria - what a surprise!), the vote became fixed. It's a bad day in America when the Senate can't and/or won't vote on simple public safety issues, which in no way violate the Constitution.

Clearly, they were more worried about future primary challenges and the NRA scoreboard than seeking out ways to protect the citizenry from murderers like the Chechen/US citizens (who apparently were not licensed to own guns, of course).

Vladtheimp

It is helpful when each side can learn from the other, which I believe we do from time to time. I could easily dispute your "facts" on immigration enforcement under Obama, but you will embrace your sources and I will embrace mine, so we will have to agree to disagree.

That said, I am disappointed that you continue to attempt to cover Harry Reid's pale, scrawny buttocks that are quavering in the wind and in the light of day. Obama simply asked for an up or down vote on gun control; Obama said the Newtown victims deserved an up or down vote, but at the same time was conspiring with Dirty Harry to ensure an up or down vote, which under Senate rules, would entail hours of sunlight and debate on the actual legislation, and pro-gun amendments that would likely have passed, WOULD NEVER TAKE PLACE. Had the vote been up or down on Manchin-Toomey, it would have passed.

I am saddened, based on my respect for your intelligence, to see you acting as the Dy-DEE-Diaper Lady for the likes of Dingy Harry Reid.

Lanivan

Your cheeky description of Harry's bum conjures up a most vexatious visual. Nonetheless, I do appreciate your gentlemanly restraint, as per my request, in refraining from the use of the word 'pimple' (or it's derivative's) in your vivid depiction.

I would prefer to draw attention to an authentic senatorial a double s, John Cornyn (no scrawny wimpiness here, just a big, macho, Texan, second-tier Ivy League conservative frat boy, Big Oil slave who wee-wee'd all the way way home when draft time showed up during Nam). His amendment, to be voted on along with the background check proposal thus making the whole exercise a perversion of facts and a miscarriage of justice, would be a federally-mandated call to ban state's rights regarding carry conceal weapons and allow weapons to be carried across all state lines, regardless of the wishes of the citizenry.

Now if this isn't a swift kick in the derriere! A States Rights Secessionist proposing federal legislation that would supercede state's rights! Imagine the quavering!

Vladtheimp

Did Dingy Harry, fetid and flaccid buttocks a'wave, prevent the up or down vote demanded by Obama on his own behalf and that of the victims of Newtown or not? (And if we are talking about respecting the will of the citizenry, let's talk Obamacare and Amnesty).

Sorry, you got me off topic (intentionally, I'm sure - my bad) did Dingy Harry prevent an up or down vote on expanded background checks? The witness will please confine his/her answer to the Yes or No response the question requires (or the more vivid description of Harry's HindQuarters will follow)

Wingmaster

Checkmate! Vlad wins

Lanivan

Why is it that you always blame me for getting you off-topic, driving you to say nasty things, etc, etc? But since you have reverted to threats of continued torturous anatomical discussions regarding dirty Harry, I will reiterate my opinion that the whole affair is a direct consequence of dysfunctional congressional lunacy.

Ultimately, it really didn't matter whether Senate votes were made up and down, sideways, filibustered, or demanded by the Queen of England. The bill would never pass in the House. A simple public safety proposal tightening up background checks was DOA.

I hope this suffices for a yes/no answer, as it's all I've got.

Wing - Of course - he always does.

Wingmaster

Next topic please, your sniveling now!

Lanivan

"Tell the Truth, Who's Foolin' Who", Clapton/Winwood.

What a bleak one-note! You are really good at letting everyone else do the heavy lifting while you show up at opportune times to supervise. The GHTrib Award for NitPick of the Year goes to.......

Oh well, I shall never give up; I shall fight on the beaches, I shall fight on the hills (dunes), I shall never surrender....

Wingmaster

There, there lets not get testy.

I guess this means our truce is off. "Hair of the dog"-Nazareth

Lanivan

Or put another way, one that should resonate with Vlad,....cui pe cui se scoate.

Wingmaster

Your way over thunking it! I'm more referring to the repeated verse in the song;-)

Lanivan

LOL - now I get it! You know how us intellectuals tend to go off on tangents. Besides being one of my favorite dance songs, the lyrics are so appropriate, she says as she mutters under her breath...."Illegitimi non carborundum", (in reference to the 2nd bombing suspect in custody, of course.)

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