‘We Got Him’: Watertown residents along Arsenal Street cheer for police officers after the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev four days after the dual bombings at the Boston Marathon in Watertown, Massachusetts
President Obama said it was important justice was ‘done right’.
‘In this day of instant reporting, tweets, and blogs, there is a temptation to latch onto any bit of information, sometimes to jump to conclusions, but when a tragedy like this happens, with the public safety at risk and the stakes so high, it important to do this right,’ Obama said.
‘That’s why have an investigation, that’s why we relentlessly gather the facts, that’s why we have courts.’
‘Whatever hateful agenda drove these men cannot, will not prevail,’ he said, ‘and whatever they thought they could achieve failed because the people of Boston refuse to be intimidated, and we as Americans refuse to be terrorized.’
The two suspects were ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade and were believed to be living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Investigators still have given no details on the motive for the bombing.
Early on Friday morning, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a ferocious gun battle and car chase during which he and his younger brother hurled explosives at police from a stolen car, authorities said. The younger brother managed to escape.
During the getaway attempt, the brothers killed Sean Collier, an MIT policeman, and severely wounded another officer, authorities said.
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.
The older brother had strong political views about the United States, said Albrecht Ammon, 18, a downstairs-apartment neighbor in Cambridge. Ammon quoted Tsarnaev as saying that the U.S. uses the Bible as ‘an excuse for invading other countries.’
Also, the FBI interviewed the older brother at the request of a foreign government in 2011, and nothing derogatory was found, according to a federal law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The official did not identify the foreign country or say why it made the request.
After a tense all-day manhunt for Dzhokhar and house-to-house search by thousands of SWAT team officers with rifles and armored vehicles, Dzhokhar was cornered in a homeowner’s yard, where he exchanged gunfire with police while holed up in the boat.
When he was captured a cheer went up from a crowd of bystanders in Watertown.
‘Everyone wants him alive,’ said Kathleen Paolillo, a teacher.
Boston Mayor Tom Menino tweeted ‘We got him,’ along with a photo of himself talking to the police commissioner.
Members of the public cheer as police officers leave the scene where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was taken into custody in Watertown, Massachusetts on Friday
Thank You: Members of the public cheer as police officers leave the scene where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was taken into custody
Two unidentified young men drive with an American Flag through Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 19 April 2013, after Law Enforcement Officials apprehended Boston Marathon Bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Hundreds of Northeastern University students gather in Hemenway Street to celebrate the capture of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston on April 19th
Defiant: Joseph Eli Libby, 20, of Boston, carries a flag near a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Boston
High Five Flying Flag: A policeman (left) celebrates with a woman after one of the Boston bombers was apprehended on Friday while Frank McGillin, who has ran three Boston Marathons, waves a U.S. flag
Police officers high-fived each other and shook hands at the conclusion to a day long manhunt. One police officer, a look of relief on his face, said: ‘Yep, we got him.’
Chants of ‘USA! USA!’ broke out. In Boston, people danced in the streets outside Fenway Park.
Another officer was hugged by a woman standing at a barricade set up at a road several blocks from Franklin Street. As word quickly spread crowds cheered and clapped as the news spread.
Many stared into their smart phones as they checked on the latest updates on Twitter and local news stations. Others cheered with shout of ‘Yes’ echoing around.
Dozens of police walked back from Franklin Street with their weapons lowered or holstered. Several chatted on cell phones as they presumably called loved ones to tell them the hunt was over and they were safe.
‘Thank you. Thank you. It was our pleasure,’ members of the Boston SWAT team said over a loudspeaker to the relieved crowds who gathered to thank them.
An estimated 1,000 law enforcement officers had been involved in the massive police manhunt.
Just prior to this, police fueled the paranoid atmosphere when they said three other people were taken into custody for questioning at an off-campus housing complex at the University of the Massachusetts at Dartmouth where the younger man may have lived.
Authorities are still holding the three people in custody in New Bedford, Massachusetts, 65 miles south of the city, the Boston Globe reports.
It is unknown how they were connected to the case.
At least seven IEDs were found, some in Watertown and some at a home in Cambridge, which police made safe.
Up until the younger man’s capture, it was looking like a grim day for police. As night fell, they announced that they were scaling back the hunt because they had come up empty-handed.
Fist Pump: A SWAT officer raises his fist in Watertown, Mass. Friday, April 19, 2013, after the manhunt for the second of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing was captured
‘We Got Him!’: Twenty four hours of chaos comes to an end: How Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended by police after day-long search
April 18 5.30pm – The FBI releases CCTV footage and stills of two suspects from surveillance cameras near the explosion sites filmed shortly before the blasts. FBI agent Richard DesLauriers asks for the public’s help in identifying the men who are both wearing baseball caps and carrying backpacks. ‘We consider them to be armed and extremely dangerous,’ Mr DesLauriers said, warning that they should not be approached.
10.30pm – A campus police officer is shot and killed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, near Boston, after responding to a report of a disturbance.
Shortly afterwards, police get a report of a carjacking nearby. The two men are suspected of killing the MIT police officer, then stealing the car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed. The suspects threw explosives from the car as police followed it to the Boston suburb of Watertown.
April 19 1am – Witnesses report hearing multiple gunshots and explosions in Watertown. Residents are advised to keep their doors locked and not let anyone in. TV footage shows armed officers surrounding a suspect lying on the ground.
Police later say one of the two suspects in the MIT officer shooting is dead but the other, who is tied to the Boston marathon bombing, remains at large.
Public transport is suspended in the Boston area as the hunt for the remaining suspect continues.
A new photo of him on the loose is released showing him in a grey hoodie sweatshirt at a 7-Eleven store in Cambridge.
5pm – Police admit at a press conference they don’t know where 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev is. Authorities lift ‘shelter in place’ orders and allow residents to venture outside.
5.45pm – David Henneberry finds a body in his boat on Franklin Street in Watertown, less than three quarters of a mile from where Tsarnaev ditched his stolen Mercedes SUV.
6pm – Officers surround Mr Hennerberry’s boat and exchange fire with him.
7.05pm – Flash grenades are reportedly tossed into the boat to stun Tsarnaev.
8.43pm – Tsarnaev surrenders and it taken into custody. He is rushed to the hospital by ambulance
The search for the younger brother all but paralyzed the Boston area for much of the day.
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.
It was estimated today that it could have cost the city $333 million.
But it was not fruitless given the break that came with the call from the boat-owner.
Police immediately reissued an alert to stay inside after earlier announcing that people could move about with caution. An ambulance also arrived at the scene as a helicopter flew overhead.
CNNreported that a family of ten were removed from the scene and officers were seen carrying children.
Massachusetts, USA on Friday (left) as Police SWAT teams leave the area (right)