A city-wide manhunt in Boston to find the second marathon bomber concluded on April 19 when the suspect was located and arrested. Keep reading for more details.
A tense, horrible day came to an end on April 19 when Boston police located, surrounded, and eventually arrested Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, in Watertown, Mass., just outside of Boston.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Arrested By Boston Police
After surrounding the suspect in a boat in the backyard of a Franklin Street home, police arrested Dzhokhar. The Boston Police Department confirmed that Dzhokhar had been arrested when they tweeted, “Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info.”
The Boston Police Department swarmed Watertown, surrounding a location where they believed Dzhokhar was hiding and waiting him out. The police chose to be cautious under the assumption that the suspect was stacked with explosive devices and possibly even guns. They were also hoping to avoid a situation in which Dzhokhar attempted to go out in a blaze of glory, killing as many police officers as he could along with himself.
Boston Bombing Suspects Chased By Police
Events began unfolding quickly on the night of April 18, when Dzhokhar and his brother/accomplice Tamerlan Tsarnaev robbed a 7-Eleven in Cambridge, Mass. The Tsarnaev brothers then shot and killed an MIT campus police officer and later stole a car from a citizen. Boston police were able to chase the two to the small town of Watertown, Mass., where they engaged in a shootout.
During the shootout, Tamerlan, 26, rushed towards the police and was gunned down. In the hours following the shootout, police located and surrounded Dzhokhar — still in Watertown — and set up a 20-block perimeter around a location that where they believed the suspect to be hiding.
On April 15, Dzhokhar and his brother placed bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The explosions killed three people, and injured nearly 200. Tamerlan and Dzhokhar were identified as suspects when the FBI showed their pictures during a press conference on April 18. A motive for their acts has not yet been confirmed.
— Andrew Gruttadaro