Law Enforcement Finally Tracks Down, Captures Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect
Updated at 12:41 a.m., April 20, 2013
WATERTOWN, Mass. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Following an intense manhunt that caused chaos in Massachusetts and riveted the rest of the nation, law enforcement finally captured the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect on Friday night.
Following a short standoff in the backyard of a residence in a Watertown neighborhood, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was taken into custody and arrested by Boston Police.
Mayor Thomas Menino tweeted “We got him” just before 9 p.m. on Friday.
Boston Police tweeted: “CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.”
Authorities said at a news conference Friday night that a Boston Police helicopter had detected the man in the boat using thermal imaging.
“Our helicopter had actually detected the subject in the boat. We have a FLIR (forward looking infrared device) on that helicopter. It picked up the heat signal of that individual,” Massachusetts State Police Col. Timothy Alben said.
CBS News senior correspondent John Miller reported Tsarnaev was found bleeding and hiding in a boat in the backyard of the residence at 67 Franklin St. The homeowner noticed a tear in the boat’s tarp and later a lot of blood and called 911, saying there was “a bloody mess” in his boat. Three officers arrived on the scene and investigated the boat, discovering the suspect. A short gun fight ensued.
Members of law enforcement then pulled back and waited out the suspect for approximately 90 minutes before using flash-bang grenades to startle Tsarnaev before moving in and making the arrest, Miller reported.
A police spokesman told CBS News’ Don Dahler that Tsarnaev was in “serious if not critical condition.” Sources told CBS News’ Miller that Tsarnaev suffered gunshot wounds to the neck and leg and had lost a lot of blood before being captured.
A Justice Department official told the Associated Press that Tsarnaev will not be read his Miranda rights because the government is invoking a public safety exception. That exception allows law enforcement “to engage in a limited and focused unwarned interrogation of a suspect and allows the government to introduce the statement as evidence in court,” the wire service reported.
The residence of the takedown is less than a mile from where Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the fugitive’s brother and alleged co-conspirator in the marathon bombings, was killed during a shootout with law enforcement on Thursday night, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported.
Officials React To Suspect’s Capture
“We will determine what happened, we will investigate any associations these terrorists may have had and we’ll continue to do what ever we have to do to keep our people safe,” President Barack Obama said.
“We are so grateful to bring justice and closure to this case,” Col. Alben said Friday night. “We are eternally grateful for the outcome of tonight.”
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said it was a “very complicated case” and “very challenging case” while adding there were “still some questions remaining to be answered.”
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said her “thoughts and prayers” were with the victims and their families, adding “this will continue to be an ongoing and active investigation.”
The conclusion to the harrowing day happened not long after law enforcement held a news conference saying the search for the suspect had gone cold. CBS 2’s Lou Young then reported hearing gun shots at around 7 p.m., followed by many police cars and tactical units converging on the Franklin Street residence.
Earlier Friday, SWAT teams in armored vehicles took command of the tense and locked-down streets of Boston and its suburbs in an all-out hunt for the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect.
At that news conference early Friday evening, Col. Alben told reporters, “We do not have an apprehension of our suspect this afternoon, but we will have one. We’re committed to that.”
INTERPOL had also issued an international security alert, which detailed “the features of the improvised explosive devices used in the Boston Marathon bombings to assist law enforcement across its 190 member countries detect any similarly configured bombs,” the organization said.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was known as the man in the white hat from the marathon surveillance footage, police said.
The FBI used State Department records to match the names to photos of the suspects at the marathon finish line Monday, CBS News’ Bob Orr reported.
Violent Night Turns Into Intense Manhunt
From Watertown to Cambridge, police SWAT teams, sharpshooters and FBI agents surrounded various buildings Friday as police helicopters buzzed overhead and armored vehicles rumbled through the streets. Authorities also searched trains before the suspect’s eventual capture.