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Second Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Custody

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Updated 10:07 p.m. ET: President Obama speaks on tonight’s arrest: “Tonight our nation is in debt to the people of Boston and the people of Massachusetts.”

Updated 10:00 p.m. ET: In a press conference, Massachusetts State Police Colonel Timothy P. Alben says “We’re exhausted … but we have a victory.”

Updated 9:10 p.m. ET: Confirmation of capture was followed by applause in the neighborhood of Watertown and a tweet sent out from the Boston Police Department: “In our time of rejoicing, let us not forget the families of Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell and Officer Sean Collier.” Richard, Lu and Campbell were the three killed in the marathon bombings and Collier was the MIT officer shot late Thursday.

Updated 8:50 p.m. ET: From Mayor Thomas Menino.

Updated 8:45 p.m. ET: Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in custody.

NewsHour will air a live updated report at 9 p.m. ET.

Updated 8:39 p.m. ET: From The Boston Globe

Updated 8:35 p.m. ET: Suspect covered in blood, but source tells Associated Press it’s unclear whether Tsarnaev is dead or alive.

Updated 8:13 p.m. ET: Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in a boat stored in the Watertown, Mass., neighborhood.

Updated 7:39 p.m. ET: Massachusetts state police say, “Renewed activity in Watertown related to today’s events.”

Updated 7:11 p.m. ET: Gunshots heard in Watertown, Mass as emergency and military vehicles drive through town, according to the Associated Press.

Updated 7:05 p.m. ET: Latest from the Boston Police

Updated 6:20 p.m. ET: State police say they believe the second bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is on foot and still in Massachusetts because of his ties.

Updated 6:10 p.m. ET: At an evening briefing, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the stay-indoors-request has been lifted and that the state’s metro service will resume immediately.

 

Updated 5:40 p.m. ET: Outside of Watertown, Massachusetts State Police recovered “homemade explosives, including pipe bombs and another pressure cooker, as well as more than 200 spent rounds,” reports WBUR — Boston’s NPR station. Police also say Norfolk Street in Cambridge has been cleared out and that the planned controlled explosion did not happen.

Updated 4:37 p.m. ET: Earlier this afternoon, we spoke to Bob Russo, Portland Boxing Club owner, who coached Tamerlan at the Golden Gloves amateur nationals in 2009. Russo said he didn’t know the young boxer very well, but said he was very quite and “a very good athlete.”

 

Updated 4:25 p.m. ET: While police initially said the brothers robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store in Cambridge near the MIT campus Thursday night, they say now the robbery there was committed by someone else, according to the latest AP report. A surveillance photo they released came from a gas station where the suspects stopped.

Updated 4:10 p.m. ET: “Convince me,” implored Maret Tsarnaeva, aunt of the Boston bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in a press conference shot by ABC.

 

“Why doesn’t the FBI give me more?” she asked, saying she doesn’t have enough information to convince her that her nephews are responsible for Monday’s attack that killed three and wounded 170.

Tsarnaeva, who lives in Toronto, called the FBI’s tip line, saying she believes her nephews are innocent. “They are just normal young men … athletic and smart.”

Updated 3:45 p.m. ET:With Beantown in effect paralyzed as authorities continue their search for a suspect, the Boston Red Sox and Bruins postpone their games Friday night.

Updated 3:35 p.m. ET: Tsarnaev, the deceased suspect pictured below, had studied accounting as a part-time student at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston for three semesters from 2006 to 2008, the school told the AP.

Updated 3:21 p.m. ET: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was registered as a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and lived in a dormitory there, according to the AP. Students at UMass Dartmouth said he was on campus this week after the bombings. The university closed down earlier today along with other Boston colleges as the search unfolded.

Updated 3:15 p.m. ET: Police say they had conflicting reports on whether the brothers robbed a 7-Eleven in Cambridge, near the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on Thursday night, according to the Associated Press.

Updated 2:43 p.m. ET: Compiled from NPR, what it looked like from inside the lockdown in Boston.

Updated 2:31 p.m. ET: State police now saying they have that car.

Updated 2:30 p.m. ET: @j_tsar appears to be the Twitter account of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, according to reports from The Boston Globe, NPR and The Washington Post.

Updated 2:20 p.m. ET: President Barack Obama meets with members of his national security team to discuss developments in the Boston bombings investigation. (Photo by Pete Souza/White House)

Updated 2:14 p.m. ET: Officials in Boston are looking for a 1999 green Honda Civic

Updated 1:03 p.m. ET: Government officials say Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a police shootout overnight, traveled to Russia last year and returned to the U.S. six months later, according to the Associated Press.

Updated 12:56 p.m. ET: At a press briefing in Watertown, Mass., State Police spokesperson Timothy Alban cautioned residents that police were staging a “controlled explosion” in Cambridge this afternoon as they continue their search for the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Alban also said police are continuing to search Watertown for the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

 

Updated 12:38 p.m. ET: Teen Suspect in Boston Bombings a ‘Regular American Kid’

Updated, 12:06 p.m. ET: The uncle of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombing suspect still at large, has urged his nephew to turn himself in. Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., spoke to reporters from his driveway Friday.

“Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness,” Tsarni said.

Tsarni said that Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed overnight, were born in Kyrgyzstan. NPR’s Pam Fessler reported that the two suspects are ethnic Chechens from Kyrgyzstan, and the suspect’s aunt told @nprnews that their family was deported to Kyrgyzstan in the early 1990s from Chechnya.

Tsarni said he hasn’t seen them since December 2005 and did not know of any possible involvement in terrorist groups or whether either had any paramilitary training. He added that his family is ashamed and that he loves and respects the United States.

 

Updated 11:43 a.m. ET: The name and a photo of the MIT police officer killed Thursday night have been released. Authorities say 26-year-old Sean Collier was shot and killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. MIT says Collier was a Wilmington native and Somerville resident who had worked at MIT since January 2012. Before that, he was a civilian employee of the Somerville Police Department. Collier was found shot several times in his vehicle at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Updated 11:02 a.m. ET: Connecticut State Police say a vehicle believed to be linked to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been recovered in Boston, the Associated Press reports. Elsewhere, the University Of Massachusetts Dartmouth has closed its campus and ordered an evacuation after confirming that Tsarnaev is registered there. The school says it closed the campus “out of an abundance of caution” as the search continues.

Updated 10:40 a.m. ET: Here’s a detailed timeline of events over the last 17 hours, via the Associated Press, based on reports from the Middlesex County district attorney, Massachusetts State Police and Boston police:

  • At 5:10 p.m. Thursday, investigators of the bombings release photographs and video of two suspects. They ask for the public’s help in identifying the men.
  • Around 10:20 p.m., robbery takes place at a 7/11 convenience store in Cambridge, near the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, just outside Boston. Shots are fired on the campus.
  • At 10:30 p.m., an MIT campus police officer who was responding to a disturbance is found shot multiple times in his vehicle, apparently in a confrontation with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. He is later pronounced dead.
  • Shortly afterward, two armed men reportedly carjack a Mercedes SUV in Cambridge. A man who was in the vehicle is held for about a half hour and then released unharmed at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge.
  • Police soon pursue the carjacked vehicle in Watertown, just west of Cambridge.
  • Some kind of explosive devices are thrown from the vehicle in an apparent attempt to stop police. The carjackers and police exchange gunfire. A transit police officer is seriously injured. One suspect, later identified as Suspect No. 1 in the marathon bombings, is critically injured and later pronounced dead.
  • Authorities launch a manhunt for the other suspect.
  • Around 1 a.m. Friday, gunshots and explosions are heard in Watertown. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents converge on a Watertown neighborhood. A helicopter circles overhead.
  • Around 4:30 a.m., Massachusetts state and Boston police hold a short outdoor news briefing. They tell people living in that section of eastern Watertown to stay in their homes. They identify the carjackers as the same men suspected in the marathon bombings. Overnight, police also release a photograph of a man believed to be Suspect No. 2, apparently taken from store video earlier in the evening at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Cambridge. He is wearing a gray hoodie-style sweatshirt.
  • Around 5:50 a.m. authorities urge residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge, Arlington and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. All mass transit is shut down.
  • Around 6:35 a.m., The Associated Press reports that the bomb suspects are from a Russian region near Chechnya and lived in the United States for at least a year.
  • Around 6:45 a.m., The Associated Press identifies the surviving Boston bomb suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, who has been living in Cambridge.
  • Around 8 a.m. Boston’s police commissioner says all of Boston must stay in their homes as the search for the surviving suspect in the bombings continues.
  • Around 8:40 a.m., a U.S. law enforcement official and the uncle of the suspects confirm that the name of the slain suspect is Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s older brother.

Updated 10 a.m. ET: The greater Boston area remained on lockdown Friday morning as police hunted for a second suspect connected to the dual bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Late Thursday night, the suspects led Boston police on a wild car chase through suburban neighborhoods before one of them, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a shootout. The other suspect, identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, according to the Associated Press, remained at large and was considered “extremely dangerous.”

The men’s uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., told the AP that they are from a Russian region near Chechnya and that they lived together near Boston and had been in the United States for about 10 years.

Authorities have asked residents of Newtown, Watertown, Waltham and Cambridge to remain at home, stay inside and report any suspicious activities.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, remains at large. FBI photo.

 

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis urged all residents to stay at home as the police conduct a door-to-door search for the remaining suspect and any other possible accomplices. Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police Timothy Alben said Watertown was the priority neighborhood for the search.

The suspected bombers robbed a 7-11 store in Cambridge Thursday evening. Shortly afterward, they shot and killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology security officer, before carjacking a Mercedes SUV and then leading police on a chase through Boston suburbs.

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