NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzkokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev was in police custody Wednesday, on allegations that she issued a bomb threat.
Ailiana Tsarnaeva, 24, of North Bergen, New Jersey, was taken to 30th Precinct police station in West Harlem, on charges that she called a 23-year-old woman at her home in Upper Manhattan on Monday and made a bomb threat, police told CBS 2.
Sources told CBS 2 Tsarnaeva was accused of saying: “I know people who can put a bomb on you.”
Tsarnaeva was arrested around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. She has been charged with aggravated harassment.
She was issued a desk appearance ticket and was due in court on Sept. 30, police said.
As 1010 WINS’ Holli Haerr reported, police said Tsarnaeva’s boyfriend had a child with the woman.
Prosecutors allege that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, now 21, and his then-26-year-old brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev — ethnic Chechens from Russia who had lived in the Boston area for about a decade — built and planted two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the marathon on April 15, 2013, to retaliate against the U.S. for its military action in Muslim countries.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police during a getaway attempt days after the bombing.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was wounded but escaped on foot and was later found hiding in a boat parked in a yard in a Boston suburb. Authorities have said he wrote about his motivation for the bombing on the inside of the boat.
Dzkokhar Tsarnaev is now awaiting trial in connection with the bombings, and federal prosecutors said in January that they will seek the death penalty in the case.
Killed in the bombings were: Martin Richard, 8, of Boston; Krystle Campbell, 29, of Medford; and Lu Lingzi, 23, a Boston University graduate student from Shenyang, China. At least 16 others lost limbs.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also is charged in the slaying of an MIT police officer and the carjacking of a motorist during the brothers’ getaway attempt.
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