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Update, April 20th, 10:35 pm Eastern
Yesterday, the FBI released the following statement acknowledging the fact that the Russian government had previously contacted them regarding their concerns about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the now deceased Suspect 2 from the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing.
“Was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drasitcally since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States….to join unspecified underground groups.”
Update, April 20th, 8:51 pm Eastern
Update, April 20th, 4:37 pm Eastern
Neil Cavuto reports that the Department of Justice ‘hoping’ to file charges today against Boston terrorist.
Former NYPD Detective Pat Brosnan appeared on Your World with Neil Cavuto today. He stated that he disagrees, based upon the facts that he knows, with local authorities who said that the two brothers acted alone. Brosnan referenced the 6 month total trip that Tamerlan Tsarnaev took to Chechnya and Russia in 2012. He said, “During that time, there was a seminal shift in his appearance, in his concept, in his ideology. He changed completely.” Cavuto added that it was shortly after the return of Tamerlan from his Russian trip that Dzhokhar started his rantings, tweets, Facebook complaints about the United States’ involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. Brosnan continued saying that his sense is that ‘there are hands in the dark, hands in the shadow, there’s an architect behind that was guiding, giving instruction, possibly funding, telling some secrets, part of a shadowy conspiracy perhaps based in Chechnya, that put these guys out as tools. They’re instruments. They’re pawns in it. They were given instruction.”
Part of Brosnan’s belief that there were more involved in the Boston Marathon bombings is the fact that there were ‘clever elements to the purchase, acquisition and implementation of the act. There were some slick little moves that wouldn’t be rudimentary moves that you would get off of YouTube that suggest that there was outside influence.’
Update, April 20th, 3:11 pm Eastern
According to Mark Fuhrman, former LAPD Homicide Detective and FOX News Contributor, appeared on FOX News today and stated, “It was the Russian government that contacted our country to inform us that they have somebody that they find to be extremely radicalized and living in the city of Boston.” Furhrman continued stating, “When you have a tough country and a tough people like Russians saying that this guy is dangerous, maybe we should actually listen.”
Update, April 19th, 11:45 pm Eastern
FOX News Correspondent Adam Housley reports that there is significant police presence both inside and outside of the hospital where Boston Marathon bomber suspect 2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken. Doctors are working to keep him. He arrived with multiple, undisclosed injuries in serious condition at Beth Israel Hospital.
Update, April 19th, 10:19 pm Eastern
President Obama addresses the nation following the capture of Boston bombing suspect 2, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
“Tonight, there are still many unanswered questions. Among them, why did men who grew up and studied here as part of our communities and our country resort to such violence. How did they plan and carry out these attacks and did they receive any help. The families of those killed so senselessly deserve answers. The wounded, some of whom have to learn how to stand and walk and live again, deserve answers. And so, I have instructed the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security, and our Intelligence community to continue to deploy all the necessary resources to support the investigation, to collect intelligence, and to protect our citizens. We will determine what happened. We will investigate any associations that these terrorist may have had and we will continue to do what we have to do to keep our citizens safe.”
“One thing we do know is that whatever hateful agenda that drove these men to such heinous acts will not, cannot prevail. Whatever they thought they could ultimately achieve, they have already failed. They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated. They failed because as Americans, we refuse to be terrorized. They failed because we will not waver from the character, the compassion, and the values that define us as a country, nor will we break the bonds that hold us together as Americans. That American spirit includes staying true to the unity and diversity that makes us strong. In this stage of instant reporting, tweets, and blogs, there is a temptation to latch on to any bit of information, sometimes to jump to conclusions. But, when a tragedy like this happens, with public safety and the stakes so high, it is important that we do this right. That’s why we have investigations. That’s why we relentlessly gather the facts. That’s why we have courts. That’s why we take care not to rush to judgment. Not about the motivations of these individuals, certainly not about entire groups of people. After all, one of the things that makes America the greatest nation on earth, but also one of the things that makes Boston such a great city, is that we welcome people from all around the world. People of every faith, every ethnicity, from every corner of the globe.”
“So, as we continue to learn more about why and how this tragedy happened, let’s make sure that we sustain that spirit. Tonight, we think of all the wounded, still struggling to recover. Certainly, we think of Krystle Campbell. We think of Ling Su Lu (sic). We think of little Martin Richard. Their lives reflected all the diversity and beauty of our country and they were sharing a great American experience together. Finally, let me say that even as so much attention has been focused on the tragic events in Boston, understandably, we’ve also seen a tight-knit community in Texas devastated by a terrible explosion and I want them to know that they are not forgotten. Our thoughts and our prayers are with the people of West, Texas, where so many good people lost their lives, some lost their homes, many are injured, many are still missing. I’ve talked to Governor Perry and Mayor Muska and I’ve pledged that the people of West will have the resources that they need to recover and rebuild and I want everyone in Texas to know that we will follow through with those commitments.”
“All in all, it’s been a tough week. But, we’ve seen the character of our country once more. And as president, I’m confident that we have the courage and the resilience and the spirit to overcome these challenges and to go forward as one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you everybody.”
Update, April 19th, 9:48 pm Eastern
When questioned regarding how the police units came upon the suspect, it was revealed that a resident of Watertown stepped outside of his house after the community was given the okay to be outdoors. He noticed blood on the boat in the backyard. He then opened the tarp on the top of the boat and noticed a man covered with blood. He then retreated and called authorities.
The hostage rescue team did work to try to talk Tsarnaev out of the boat.
The suspects came to the attention of the authorities after the murder of the MIT police officer Sean Collier and the subsequent carjacking. The Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, said that Collier was assassinated in his car. He says that last night, there was an exchange of over 200 rounds of gunfire. There were improvised explosive devices and handmade hand grenades thrown at the scene. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev did not have any explosives on him at the time of capture.
United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz stated that there was no Miranda Warning to the suspect based on the grounds of public safety exemption in cases of national security and central charges involving acts of terrorism. And so, the government has that opportunity right now, though I believe the suspect has been taken to a hospital. In regards to whether the death penalty will be sought, Ortiz said that there is an active on-going investigation and they must review all evidence before making that kind of decision. Ortiz went on to say that it is a long, well thought out process after review of all the evidence and the ultimate decision regarding seeking the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would be made by the Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder.
Update, April 19th, 9:30 pm Eastern
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect 2 in the Boston Marathon bombing, is in serious condition at Mass. General Hospital. Tsarnaev and his brother, the now deceased Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are also responsible for the murder of 26 year old MIT Police Officer Sean Collier and the injury of Officer Richard Donahue who is currently in stable condition.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino: “Today, we have a conclusion we are satisfied with.”
FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Deslauriers: Today, the City of Boston, the City of Cambridge, and the City of Watertown, and others can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that two perpetrators who caused so much pain and anguish are no longer a threat to our personal safety and to our communities.”
Ed Davis, Boston Police Commissioner: “The citizens of this city have been incredible. They have been patient with us and they have been through an enormous amount of heartache over the last couple of days.”
Edward Deveau, Watertown Police Chief: “The community stood strong. It was a call from a resident of Watertown. They remained vigilant. We got that call and we got that guy.”
Paul Macmillon, Chief of Transport Police: “I also want to commend all of the law enforcement agencies who took part in this. This is truly dedication and commitment at its best and I’m proud to be part of it.”
Update, April 19th, 8:42 pm Eastern
According to police scanners, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is alive and in custody.
Update, April 19th, 8:23 pm Eastern
Geraldo Rivera, FOX News Analyst, says that he believes that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a fully radicalized Muslim.
New Bedford, MA Police said that they have 3 people in custody after executing a search warrant at an apartment complex for UMass-Dartmouth students.
Update, April 19th, 8:08 pm Eastern
According to police scanners, they are debating whether to shine light on the boat. Suspect is on the left side of the boat with something in his hands.
Update, April 19th, 8:00 pm Eastern
According to FOX News, sources are stating that the suspect is injured from last night’s car chase and the firefight that ensued.
Police scanners – They are bringing in a negotiator. An ATF negotiator is on scene.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed during the gunfight last night, was found to have an IED strapped to him. There are concerns that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have one strapped to him as well.
Update, April 19th, 7:40 pm Eastern
Suspect is in the boat and is refusing to come out. He is to the rear of the boat next to the fence. Suspect is sitting up in the boat.
There is a 40 gallon tank of some unknown substance that is half full.
Police believe the suspect hiding out in the boat is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect 2 in the Boston Marathon bombing. He is surrounded by police. Hundreds of officers are on the scene.
A robot is being brought in to the boat to check for explosives. Sources say that Tsarnaev has absolutely no place to go. There was a fire at some point on the boat. Police have confirmed that there is no longer a fire on the boat. However, there are flash/bangs going off. The flash/bangs are at the bow of the ship.
Location is less than 10 miles from the site of the Boston Marathon bombings. Police are going back to radio silence.
Reports of a series of explosions in the area of the boat.
Suspect is on his back. Currently not moving.
Update, April 19th, 7:29 pm Eastern
Shepard Smith reports that two years ago, an unknown foreign government asked the FBI to check out the now deceased Tamerlan Tsarnaev, suspect 1 in Boston bombings. That foreign government had concerns about possible extremist ties. The FBI scrubbed the individual and spoke with him stating that they found nothing. The FBI told that foreign government to follow up if they had any further concerns. That foreign government never did follow up in any way, shape, or form.
The suspect is alive, surrounded by law enforcement, and moving.
WFXT-FOX Affiliate in Boston reports that a bomb squad is in route to the scene.
The location of the scene is said to be 67 Franklin St, Watertown, MA.
Update, April 19th, 7:13 pm Eastern
A robotic device is being brought in to search the boat where the suspect was hiding.
Update, April 19th, 7:01 pm Eastern
Gunfire heard in Watertown. Police are responding. A rescue truck is being back up onto Franklin St. amid heavy police presence. FOX News state police source says suspect is down. Department of Defense is on the scene.
The suspect’s legs are moving.
ALERT: ALL BOSTONIANS SHOULD SHELTER IN PLACE.
Update, April 19th, 6:15 pm Eastern
The stay indoors requirement in the Boston area has been lifted. However, authorities are still asking for people to remain vigilant. Mass transportation is functioning again. The FBI, State Police, and all local police departments, including Boston, are working together in this search. Authorities state that although they have no direct knowledge of his whereabouts, they do believe that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is still in the Massachusetts as his ties are in Boston. They have searched a 20 block interior in Watertown.
Governor Deval Patrick stated that “We have developments that have developed over the last few hours. Based upon those developments, we feel comfortable to do what we are doing now.” Authorities said that this will be the last briefing of the night unless there are significant developments.
Update, April 19th, 4:57 pm Eastern
On Cavuto, David Katz, former DEA Agent, says that he believes 100% that the brothers did not work by themselves. He says there is always a recruiter in both religious and secular terror groups.
Erick Stakelbeck, Terrorism Analyst, stated that the Chechens have a long history of suicide bombers, including women who are known as the ‘Black Widows’. He agrees with Katz’s assertion that the brothers have help, likely from abroad. He says the Chechen movement has turned into a Jihadist movement over the last 20 years.
Update, April 19th, 4:30 pm Eastern
Islamist Expert Brigitte Gabriel, ACT! for America President, states unequivocally that she believes the Tsarnaev brothers are part of a cell. She says that ‘terror chatter’ has been picking up in the days since the Boston Marathon bombings. Neil Cavuto says that a neighbor indicated that Dzhokhar became very upset when America became involved with events in Afghanistan.
FOX News’ Catherine Herridge says a third source has confirmed that the travel records of the brothers are being reviewed and confirms that the older brother, Tamerlan was out of the country for a significant amount of time last year in Russia.
Update, April 19th, 3:31 pm Eastern
Intersection blocked at Boylston St in Boston. People ordered off the sidewalks. Military police are entering subway station with weapons.
Update, April 19th, 3:20 pm Eastern
Anzor Tsarnaev, father of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says that he believes that someone set up his boys, then killed one of them.
UMass-Dartmouth will be closed on Saturday. All students are being evacuated from campus.
The Boston Red Sox have canceled their game for tonight.
Update, April 19th, 2:09 pm Eastern
FBI removing items from the Boston bombing suspects’ sister’s home in West New York, NJ. One of the items includes a computer. The FBI says what they know is that the brothers are Muslim and supported al Qaeda ideology. What they do not know is whether they attended a mosque in the area regularly.
ABC News reporting that Dzhokhar was active on his Twitter account even after Monday’s bombing.
FOX News’ Catherine Herridge says that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was granted asylum in 2002, a green card in 2004, then citizenship on September 11, 2012.
Update, April 19th, 1:55 pm Eastern
Sources say that older brother Tamerlan spent 6 months in Russia last year.
CT police are on the lookout for a vehicle that may be related to the Boston manhunt. The vehicle is a 1999 green Honda Civic with license plate 116-GC7.
Suspects aunt, who lives in Toronto, says the brothers came to the states with their parents in 2002. The father applied for refugee status in the United States and sounded convincing so he got it. He then brought his 3 kids. The aunt says that her brother, the suspects’ father, is soft-spoken and she doesn’t believe that he said that ‘all hell would break lose’ if the second son was killed. The aunt is not convinced that her nephews committed the crimes. She says that she is suspicious that the pictures were staged and her nephews were set up.
The aunt says that Tamerlan was not a devout Muslim, but two years ago, he did start praying 5 times a day.
Update, April 19th, 1:13 pm Eastern
Tamerlan Tsarnaev could have been deported after 2009 domestic violence incident. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, still at large, became US citizen on September 11, 2012.
Update, April 19th, 11:31 am Eastern
UMass-Dartmouth, where Dzhokhhar Tsarnaev was a registered student, is being evacuated.
Update, April 19th, 11:00 am Eastern
Heavy concentration of armored vehicles in the Watertown, MA area.
Update, April 19th, 10:29 am Eastern
Massachusetts police has issued an alert for a 1999 Honda CR-V, color grey, plate 316-ES9. The surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was a student at UMass-Dartmouth. He attended a prestigious high school in Boston whose alumnae included Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. He was also awarded a city scholarship for college in 2011.
Updated, April 19th, 10:23 am Eastern
The Boston Marathon bombing suspects have been identified as brothers originally from Chechnya. Both men have been identified as Muslim. Suspect 1, deceased, was identified as 26 year old Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Suspect 2, still at large, is his 19 year old brother Dzhokar Tsarnaev. The city is on lockdown with all residents being urged to stay in their homes. No transportation is running.
Updated: April 19th, 5:29 am Eastern
One police officer is dead after previous shootout. Another is in critical condition. Suspect 1 that died is said to have had multiple gunshot wounds and shrapnel.
Updated: April 19th, 4:31 am Eastern
Massachusetts State Police state that the shooting at MIT is clearly connected to the Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack. Local MA police hold a press conference stating that they believe that the individual that evaded capture following tonight’s shootout in Watertown is a terrorist who means to do harm and kill people. The individual is said to be Suspect #2 (white hat from previous pictures) from the Boston Marathon Bombings. Suspect 1 (black hat) is reported to be dead.
New picture of Suspect 2 below.
Updated: April 19th, 2:58 am Eastern
New, more clear pictures released of Suspects 1 (dark cap) and Suspect 2 (white cap). Some local Boston news outlets are reporting that Suspect 1 is in custody and Suspect 2 is still at large.
The FBI held its first press conference since the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15th. There are two suspects who are being sought in connection with that terrorist attack. Suspect 1 is pictured wearing a dark baseball cap. Suspect 2 is wearing a white baseball cap. The FBI stated that Suspect 2 was seen planting a device at the scene of the second bomb explosion in front of the Forum Restaurant at 755 Boylston Street.
Any other pictures that have been circulating around the internet are, according to the FBI, not credible. There are 10 pictures which they have released and they are asking individuals and media to circulate these pictures to assist in the capture of these two suspects. A video of these two suspects walking throughout the crowd at the Boston Marathon is also available on the FBI website.
A website has been established so that the public can get into contact with them should they have any leads or tips in the capture of the suspects. Please contact the FBI investigators at www.bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov. You can also call 1-800-CALL-FBI. Updates from the FBI can be viewed on their site.
FOX News Correspondent Catherine Herridge states that the FBI is fortunate to have a profile shot of one of the suspects since it gives unique indicators of the person’s identity such as the ear shape of the individual.
Here is the surveillance video of the two suspects at the Boston Marathon.
Pictures of Suspect 1 (dark baseball cap) and Suspect 2 (white baseball cap) are below. These individuals are considered armed and dangerous. The FBI has asked that no one approach these individuals, but rather contact them immediately should you know their identity or whereabouts.