NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — They weren’t coming to party.
The NYPD said Thursday that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were planning to come to New York City to detonate their remaining explosives in Times Square, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.READ MORE: Driver Arrested After Car Slams Into Scaffolding On East Side
It was a stunning development. Manhattan was the next stop and they were already on the way.
It turns out that when Police Commissioner Ray Kelly had started to step up security after the Boston Marathon bombing. It was more than just a precaution. The bombers were headed to “The Crossroads of the World” and they had an arsenal with them.
“New York was next on the list of targets,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
“The two brothers had at their disposal six improvised explosive devices. One was a pressure cooker bomb, similar to the two that had exploded at the marathon. The other five were pipe bombs,” Kelly said.
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Kelly and Bloomberg grimly told New Yorkers of the plot. The suspects car-jacked the driver of a Mercedes and were heading our way, but the plan reportedly fell apart when they had to fill up the tank and, “They ordered the driver to stop at a nearby gas station,” Kelly said.
When they stopped for gas, the car-jacked driver reportedly escaped and called police. In the ensuing shootout with police the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed. The new information was learned Wednesday from 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who talked to the FBI from his hospital bed on Sunday night.
“He told the FBI, apparently, that he and his brother had intended to drive to New York and detonate additional explosives in Time Square,” Bloomberg said.