Breaking: Boston PD Arrests Three Suspects in Connection with Marathon Bombing (Update: Harboring?) Update: ‘Terrorista #1′? (Third Suspect Identified)
May 1, 2013 - 8:32 am
Very few details are available yet. The Boston Police Department tweeted about the arrests, then confirmed them to CNN.
Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow.
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) May 1, 2013
No details yet on who has been picked up or what their connection to the bombing may be but the use of the word “suspects” is surely critical.
On Tuesday, news broke that female DNA had been discovered on remnants of at least one of the two pressure cookers used in the April 15 bombing.
Update: Boston.com reports that the three have been picked up for harboring the Tsarnaevs after the bombing.
The three people were connected to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the surviving bomb suspect, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where Tsarnaev was a student. They allegedly helped him after the bombing, a different source told the Globe.
“Additional details will be provided when they become available,” police said in a statement. No news conference was scheduled. Neither the FBI nor the US attorney’s office in Boston immediately had a comment.
They may have helped the bombers dispose of evidence.
Two federal law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing inquiry, said the three disposed of material at a Boston area landfill at the request of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev following the bombings.
The Boston Police said Wednesday that they had arrested three suspects in connection with the bombing but did not identify them or provide further details.
Last week, federal investigators searched a landfill at New Bedford, Mass., after a tip that evidence had been left there.
Update: A nice follow-up to the COEXIST bumper sticker that turned up when the bombers were on the run.
Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev were reportedly arrested Wednesday, along with one other person, for allegedly making false statements and obstructing justice during the federal investigation into Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Tazhayakov and Kadrbayev, who are reportedly in FBI custody, drove around in a black BMW with “Terrorista #1″ license plates and were also photographed with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Times Square.
Update: The third suspect has been identified as Robel Phillipos, an American citizen. The affadavit alleges that the three may not have had prior knowledge of the bombing, but they helped the bombers dispose of evidence afterward — without being asked to do so. They threw away the younger bomber’s backpack after learning that he was a suspect.