Boston Marathon bomb suspect in custody after standoff
WATERTOWN, Mass. (CBS News) — The second and last remaining suspect in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing was taken into custody alive in a Boston suburb Friday evening after an intense standoff, Boston police and city officials said.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said police had discovered that Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass., had taken refuge in a boat behind a home shortly after they lifted the lockdown designed to assist an intense manhunt, and that the suspected Boston Marathon bomber was arrested.
After the standoff, the Boston Police Department tweeted: “CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.”
The man was taken away from the scene in an ambulance. Authorities have not confirmed any injuries.
Police initially responded en masse Friday evening after shots were heard in the town where Tsarnaev was last seen. Authorities approached the situation cautiously because they believed Tsarnaev had explosives.
Police say Tsarnaev escaped on foot early Friday after escaping a gun battle in which explosives were lobbed at police and in which his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, also a suspect in the Marathon bombing, was killed.
Tsarnaev had evaded a furious police manhunt that effectively shut down the city of Boston Friday.
Prior to the gun battle in Watertown, Mass., in which a police officer was critically wounded, the two suspects killed an MIT police officer, then hijacked a car.
Federal sources believe the suspect who is still alive is either wearing an explosive vest, or has explosives with him, reports national security correspondent Bob Orr.
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis says the suspect at large is the one seen in the white hat in images of the Boston Marathon suspects released by the FBI Thursday. Davis says he is “armed and dangerous.”
Manhunt for Boston bombing suspects
At a press briefing late Friday afternoon Col. Timothy Alben of the Massachusetts State Police said investigators have completed a sweep of the 20-block interior of Watertown.
“We do not have an apprehension o our suspect this afternoon, but we will have one. We’re committed to that,” said Alben.
Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick, who has earlier imposed a “stay-indoors” order for the city, said this afternoon that the order has been lifted, but he asked the public to remain vigilant.
Police evacuated residents in Cambridge who lived on the same block as one of the suspects, in whose house several homemade bombs were discovered by police.
“These are pipe bombs with internal threads and caps on either end, with standard fuses – [not] very sophisticated stuff, but dangerous stuff,” CBS News senior correspondent John Miller said.
Beginning early Friday residents throughout the Boston area — including Watertown, Cambridge, Waltham, Newton and Belmont — were advised to keep their doors locked and not let anyone in. The Boston Police Department warned residents to “stay home.” Vehicles were barred from entering or leaving Watertown.
Universities throughout Boston were closed; public transit, bus line and taxi service was suspended, as was Amtrak service was also suspended indefinitely between Boston and New York. The FAA has also imposed temp
orary flight restrictions in the Boston area. Logan International Airport is open but is operating under heightened security. JetBlue is allowing anybody scheduled to fly to or from Boston to change their ticket for free.
The Boston Red Sox announced that their game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park tonight has been postponed. The Boston Bruins (who were to play the Pittsburgh Penguins this evening) likewise have postponed tonight’s game.