Along with Azamat Tazhayako and Dias Kadyrbayev, U. S. citizen Robel Phillipos has been arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing.
Two weeks after the horrific Boston bombing on April 15, three more people have been arrested in connection with the crime. Robel Phillipos and two of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev‘s classmates called Azamat Tazhayako and Dias Kadyrbayev were arrested on May 1 amid suspicion that he and Tamerlan Tsarnaev did not act alone.
Robel Phillipos: Boston Bombing Suspect #5
Robel, a U.S. citizen, was arrested on May 1, and he is charged with lying to federal agents probing the bombing, according to court papers obtained by CNN.
Robel Phillipos, Azamat Tazhayako & Dias Kadyrbayev Arrested
Azamat and Dias, who studied at the University of Dartmouth with Dzhokhar, have been in federal custody on immigration charges already, and all three men are expected to appear before a judge today, May 1, U.S. government sources said.
They are charged with making false statements to investigators and conspiracy to obstruct justice, a federal law enforcement source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
The CIA had believed that the Tsarnaev brothers had not acted alone, and it looks like they may be right.
Former CIA Operative Robert Baer spoke to CNN on April 30, where he said he didn’t think the Tsaernaev brothers acted alone:
My opinion is, it’s the circuitry of the bomb. There’s a certain signature they are going to find on this. And I have seen multiple reports, “Wall Street Journal,” ABC News, CNN and on, that there — that police are looking at this as a sophisticated device which does not precisely follow the Internet plans that are in “Inspire” magazine. If that’s the case, there’s a master bomber out there. If there is a master bomber, is he in Dagestan or is he in the United States? Because if he’s in the United States, there’s a chance he could strike again.
I mean, if [the suspects] made [the bombs] off the Internet in their kitchens, they wouldn’t be carrying them to rural Massachusetts, outside of town. It just doesn’t make sense.
And in an attack like this, the last thing you want is a bomb to be a dud, because the plot is uncovered, everybody goes to jail, nothing happens, it doesn’t serve their purposes, their ideological purposes. So you want these things to be foolproof. And in order to have them foolproof, you need a bomb maker to do it or someone with a lot of practice. Otherwise, these things just don’t go after with that consistency that they managed to make happen.
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— Eleanore Hutch