April 19, 2013, 7:43 p.m. CST
The 19-year-old suspect sought by police in the Boston Marathon bombings Monday is reportedly in custody after shots are fired in Watertown.
Update – 7:05 p.m, CST
“It’s likely that he’s dead,” ABC NEWS terrorism expert Dick Clarke told anchor Diane Sawyer. John Hannebury, the owner of the boat where the suspect is believed to be injured, was evacuated from the home he shares with his wife.
Clarke says electricity would have been cut to ensure “booby traps” did not explode.
Update – 7:02 p.m, CST
An eyewitness tells ABC NEWS that his neighbor on Franklin St., saw blood and a body in the boat, and called police. The police have not positively identified the person, he said.
Power has been shut off to the house, he reports.
Update – 6:49 p.m, CST
Unconfirmed reports from Watertown, where police allegedly began exchanging fire with Boston Marathon terror suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19. According to ABC NEWS, a homeowner found blood on his boat and contacted police. That is when SWAT and other police personnel converged on the city under siege.
One local station has reported Tsarnaev “is down,” but believed to be alive.
Update – 3:32 p.m., CST
Dzhokar Tsarneaev, the 19-year-old suspect from Monday’s terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, could be driving a 1995 gray Honda Odyssey, Massachusetts plates 93NN73. State police no longer believe he is in a 1999 Green Honda Civic with Massachusetts plates reading “116GC7.”
Update – 2:32 p.m., CST
Police have reportedly exited from the Boston subway tunnel at the end of Boylston St., according to Fox News. “The situation is obviously resolved,” anchor Bill Hemmer says.
Update – 2:26 p.m., CST
Military police have reportedly arrived near the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings, and asked visitors to move back towards an adjacent park, according to Fox News. The police are armed and have proceeded into the Boston subway tunnels for reasons unknown, based on that report.
Update – 1:22 p.m., CST
Maret Tsarneaev, the aunt of the Boston terror suspects, said she was angry at her nephews at first, but now demands evidence from the FBI. She says she called the FBI upon seeing their faces in the images released yesterday, and claims they couldn’t have orchestrated the attacks.
“They could not have done this,” she said. “Where is the proof?”
Update – 12:54 p.m., CST
The FBI says Dzhokar Tsarneaev may now be driving in a 1999 Green Honda Civic with Massachusetts plates reading “116GC7.” The vehicle was spotted in Connecticut.
Update – 12:47 p.m., CST
Police are now outside the residence of Dzhokar Tsarneaev‘s sister in West New York, N.J., according to Fox News. There is no indication whether contact has been made between police and the terror suspects’ kin.
Update – 11:33 a.m., CST
A controlled explosion will occur by police later this afternoon after police find a device in the suspects’ Cambridge apartment. Police said the stay-indoors order for all Boston-area residents will remain in effect until further notice.
Door-to-door canvassing of the neighborhood where they believe the suspect in hiding is still ongoing, according to Timothy Albin of the Massachusetts State Police. No expectation has been given as to when the investigation with be complete.
“It could go today, tomorrow, even over the weekend until we have the crime scene under control,” an official said.
Update – 10:24 a.m., CST
A third person of interest is now sought by Boston police, CNN reports, after authorities find the 1999 Honda CRV driven by Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. “White Hat” is still at large, police said at a news conference, and no contact has been made.
Update – 9:52 a.m., CST
According to published reports, authorities have asked for a Russian interpretor, as heard over the police scanners. It is not known whether they have the suspect surrounded.
Update – 9:45 a.m., CST
Boston police said the vehicle driven by Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, has been located in Massachusetts, according to CNN. Police are surrounding the vehicle and have asked the media to keep their distance from the scene. “He may want to go up in a blaze of glory,” a CNN correspondent said.
The FBI asked citizens for help locating the 1999 Honda CRV, owned by his older brother who was killed this morning by police.
- Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, was reportedly killed in a shootout with police. Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, right, is the focus of a widespread manhunt in the Boston area. (Credit: FBI)
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE.
WATERTOWN, Mass. – Boston’s police commissioner says all of Boston must stay in their homes as the search for the surviving suspect in the marathon bombings continues.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis made the announcement Friday morning, after a long night of violence that left the other suspect dead.
The suspects were identified to The Associated Press as brothers coming from the Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars.
A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass. His 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, was reportedly wounded in a shootout with police and later died at the hospital.
The two men are suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, now identified as Sean Collier, 26 of Somerville on campus in Cambridge late Thursday, then stealing a car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed.
The suspects’ clashes with police began only a few hours after the FBI released photos and videos of the two young men, who were seen carrying backpacks as they mingled among revelers at Monday’s Boston Marathon. The bombings on Monday killed three people and wounded more than 180 others, and authorities revealed the images to enlist the public’s help finding the suspects.
Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said as the manhunt intensified for a young man described as a dangerous terrorist.
The suspects were identified to The Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars. A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving bomb suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old who had been living in Cambridge, just outside Boston, and said he “may be armed and dangerous.”
Two law enforcement officials told the AP that Tsarnaev and the other suspect, who was not immediately identified, had been living legally in the U.S. for at least one year.
In Boston, still on edge over the attack on the marathon, and its western suburbs, authorities suspended mass transit and urged people to stay indoors as they searched for the remaining suspect, a man seen wearing a white baseball cap on surveillance footage from Monday’s deadly bombing at the marathon finish line.
“We believe this man to be a terrorist,” said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. “We believe this to be a man who’s come here to kill people.”
Authorities urged residents in Watertown, Newton, Arlington, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. At least a quarter of a million people live in those suburbs. All mass transit was shut down, and businesses were asked not to open Friday. People waiting at bus and subway stops were told to go home.
The shutdown came hours after the killing of one suspect, known as the man in the black hat from marathon surveillance footage.
All modes of public transportation were shut down, including buses, subways, trolleys, commuter rail and boats, said Joe Pesaturo, spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
The suspects’ clashes with police began only a few hours after the FBI released photos and videos of the two young men, who were seen carrying backpacks as they mingled among marathon revelers. The bombings on Monday killed three people and wounded more than 180 others, and authorities revealed the images to enlist the public’s help finding the suspects.
The images released by the FBI depict two young men, each wearing a baseball cap, walking one behind the other near the finish line. Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston, said the suspect in the white hat was seen setting down a bag at the site of the second of two deadly explosions.
Authorities said surveillance tape recorded late Thursday showed the suspect known for the white hat during a robbery of a convenience store in Cambridge, near the campus of MIT, where a university police officer was killed while responding to a report of a disturbance, said State Police Col Timothy Alben. The officer died of multiple gunshot wounds.
From there, authorities say, the two men carjacked a man in a Mercedes-Benz, keeping him with them in the car for half an hour before releasing him at a gas station in Cambridge. The man was not injured.
The search for the vehicle led to a chase that ended in Watertown, where authorities said the suspects threw explosive devices from the car and exchanged gunfire with police. A transit police officer was seriously injured during the chase, authorities said.