19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was loaded into an ambulance after hiding in a boat behind a house on Franklin St., less than a mile from the scene of a Thursday night shootout with police that killed his brother Tamerlan.
Dzhokhar was discovered when the homeowner lifted the cover of his boat parked in his yard & found a man covered in blood. Thermal imaging from an helicopter above was used to determine there was indeed a human inside.
Police exchanged gunfire with Tsarnaev from inside the boat & flash bangs were used to disorient him. A negotiator eventually convinced Tsernaev to surrender.
Minutes after Tsarnaev was taken into custody, Boston Mayor Tom Menino tweeted “We got him”. From Boston Police, this tweet: “CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been taken to local emergency room.
Police cruisers were greeted by cheers & applause from the people of Watertown as they left the scene. There are also reports of people chanting “USA, USA” in the street & playing Neil Diamond’s song, “Sweet Caroline”.
Police say the Tsarnaev brothers hijacked an SUV Thursday night, holding the driver captive for a half-hour while they used his cash card to withdraw $800 at an ATM. The man, who told police the brothers had confessed their crimes to him, was released unharmed at a gas station in Cambridge, across the Charles River from Boston.
The suspects then sped west in the SUV car toward Watertown, with police in hot pursuit as explosive devices were tossed at them out the window. The brothers then engaged in a massive gun battle with
police that left Tamerlan dead & Dzhokhar at large after he drove the vehicle over his wounded brother, then fled on foot.
Details about the Tsarnaev brothers, who immigrated to the U.S. about a decade ago, emerged at a fast and furious pace as family members and associates spoke openly to news media while social media
disclosed a treasure trove of personal details.
In yet another twist in the story, police in New Bedford said late Friday they’d taken 3 people into custody, 2 men & a woman, as part of the bombing investigation. They were at a home
near the Dartmouth campus of the University of Massachusetts, where Tsarnaev was a student.
The brothers were from Dagestan, which borders Chechnya in southern Russia, and initial reports suggest they were adrift after their parents returned to Russia.
(With files from the Associated Press)