According to the criminal complaint against Dzhokhar released Monday, the suspects spoke to a carjacking victim in English about their role in the Boston Marathon bombing and then carried out the rest of their exchange in Russian.
“Did you hear about the Boston explosion? I did that,” one of the suspects told the victim, the affidavit said.
The Boston Globe reported they allegedly told the victim: “We just killed a cop. We blew up the marathon and now we are going to New York. Don’t [expletive] with us.”
That set off an alarm for authorities, who quickly halted Amtrak service from Boston to New York, searched trains and prompted the NYPD to “flip on its network of license plate readers at all bridges and tunnels coming into the city” to prevent the suspects from entering Manhattan, CBS News Correspondent John Miller said.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a police shootout, while Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured alive but badly wounded. He was charged by federal prosecutors in his hospital room Monday with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.
The body of Tamerlan has yet to be claimed, but both parents plan to fly in Thursday to do so and that has some wondering if they’ll receive assistance from the government.
“Not necessarily. I mean I don’t know in this particular case the details of the citizenship or the travel documents of family members but it just depends on the circumstances,” said State Department Acting Deputy Spokesman Patrick Ventrell.
The parents’ plan is to bring the body back to Russia. Currently, U.S. investigators are in that country to press them for more information.
Meanwhile, after meeting with the FBI and other law enforcement on Tuesday, lawmakers said it appears the brothers were motivated by a strain of anti-American Islamic extremism and were radicalized through the Internet, with Tamerlan heading up the bombing plot, Gainer reported.
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