April 20th, 2013
10:12 PM ET

Boston manhunt: The day after

[Update 10:12 p.m.] Dzhokar Tsarnaev is currently intubated and sedated, a source who receives regular intelligence briefings on the Boston bombings said Saturday, according to CNN's Deborah Feyerick.

Earlier, a federal official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN on Saturday that Tsarnaev has injuries to his throat and may not be able to talk.

Tsarnaev is being treated for wounds at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Authorities have not publicly detailed the injuries sustained by the teen, whom authorities captured on Friday night in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters on Saturday that Tsarnaev was in "serious but stable condition" and "not yet able to communicate yet."

[Update 9:22 p.m.] Two key Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee - Rep. Mike McCaul of Texas, the panel's chairman; and Rep. Peter King of New York - will press the Obama administration for details about the FBI's questioning of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011, according to a GOP congressional source.

FBI agents interviewed Tamerlan two years ago and also looked at his travel history, checked databases for derogatory information and searched for Web postings. The agency found no connection with terror groups, an FBI official told CNN.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was not a U.S. citizen, traveled to Sheremetyevo, Russia, in January 2012, according to travel records provided by a U.S. official. He returned six months later.

[Update 9:03 p.m.] After the charges are filed, the Federal Public Defender Office in Boston will be appointed to represent Dzhokar Tsarnaev, according to Miriam Conrad, the federal public defender for the Massachusetts district. Conrad stressed that the office has not yet been appointed to defend him.

[Update 7:32 p.m.] Dzhokar Tsarnaev has injuries to his throat and may not be able to talk, a federal official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN on Saturday.

[Update 6:17 p.m.] Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, rejected calls for Dzhokar Tsarnaev to be held as an enemy combatant under the law of war. "I am not aware of any evidence so far that the Boston suspect is part of any organized group, let alone al Qaeda, the Taliban, or one of their affiliates - the only organizations whose members are subject to detention under the Authorization for Use of Military Force, as it has been consistently interpreted by all three branches of our government.

"In the absence of such evidence I know of no legal basis for his detention as an enemy combatant. To hold the suspect as an enemy combatant under these circumstances would be contrary to our laws and may even jeopardize our efforts to prosecute him for his crimes."

[Update 5:21 p.m.] A senior U.S. official tells CNN it was Russia in 2011 that asked the FBI to look at Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s activities.

[Update 2:24 p.m.] Watertown Police Chief Edward Devaeu provided the most detailed version yet of the violent events that unfolded Thursday night and the subsequent manhunt for  Dzhokar Tsarnaev in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. You can read the full story here. Some of new details:

- Once police located Tsarnaev Friday evening, they used flash bang grenades before beginning to negotiate with him.

–An FBI negotiator on the second floor of the house spoke with the suspect while a helicopter above with a heat sensor recorded his movements even though he was underneath a tarp. After about 30 minutes, police got him to lift up his shirt and show his chest to prove he didn't have explosives on his body. Only then did they feel comfortable sending people in.

- Handguns, a rifle, and at least six bombs - three which had exploded - were found at the scene of Thursday night's violence in Watertown.

–During a shootout with police on Thursday night, the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, exited the vehicle he was in and started walking down the street, shooting at officers. He ran out of ammunition when he was only five or ten feet away from police. One officer then tackles him, and he and two or three others try to handcuff him.

–As they try to handcuff the older brother, the younger brother comes barreling at them in the vehicle. The officers dive out of the way, and Dzhokar runs over his brother, dragging him for a short distance. Police think this is what killed him.

[Update 1:19 p.m.] The Boston Red Sox are moments away from playing their first game in the city since Monday's bombings. The team will wear special jerseys with the word "Boston" across the front, instead or "Red Sox." The jerseys will be signed and auctioned off with proceeds going to The One Fund Boston. The team shared this picture on its Instagram page:


[Update 1:05 p.m.] President Obama will continue to receive updates on the investigation from his team throughout the day, a White House official told CNN.

[Update 12:59 p.m. ET] The campus of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth will remain closed Saturday, a school spokesman said, so law enforcement can complete its investigation stemming from the Boston Marathon terror attack. The university, where Dzhokar Tsarnaev was a student, is preparing to reopen Sunday, spokesman John Hoey said.

[Update 11:34 a.m. ET] Early indications are that Dzhokar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev acted alone, Chief Edward Deveau of the Watertown Police Department told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

[Update 11:33 a.m. ET] Dzhokar Tsarnaev was on the campus of University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth every day after the attack until until late Thursday, a university official told CNN. Tsarnaev attended classes as well as parties in the dorms during that period.

[Update 11:18 a.m. ET] Fifty-seven people remain hospitalized Saturday as a result of the Boston Marathon terror attack, including three in critical condition, according to the latest CNN count.

[Update 11:15 a.m. ET] Ruslan Tsarni tells CNN more about the changing religious outlook of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tsarni noticed changes as far back as 2009. The uncle recalls a phone conversation in which Tsarnaev called him an "infidel." The young man also told his uncle he was not concerned about work or studies because God had a plan for him. The possible radicalization of Tsarnaev began around that time under the influence of an Armenian man who was a recent convert to Islam, Ruslan Tsarni said he learned from a family acquaintance. Tsarni said his radicalization happened "right there, in the streets of Cambridge."

[Update 10:07 a.m. ET] Federal terrorism charges against Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev could be filed soon, even as he remains hospitalized, a Justice Department official told CNN. The 19-year-old could also face murder charges at the state level, the source said. There is no death penalty in Massachusetts, but Tsarnaev could face that punishment at the federal level.

[Update 9:37 a.m. ET] Anzor Tsarnaev, father of the bombing suspects, reiterated that he believes his sons are not responsible for the attack. He told CNN's Nick Paton Walsh in Dagestan that his sons "never, ever" could have done something like this, and that he will travel soon to the United States.

[Update 7:34 a.m. ET] Russia wants to receive official information about the bombing suspects from the United States, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said on state television. Russia expects there will contact between investigators of both countries.

[Update 7:16 a.m. ET] Investigators in Dagestan, where the Boston bombing suspects' parents live, will not engage with the family, unless an order comes from Moscow to do so, Russia state news reported today.

[Update 7:15 a.m. ET] The White House has published a photo of President Obama receiving the news of the capture of the suspect hiding in the boat.


[Update 6:28 a.m. ET] Want to help people injured in the Boston Marathon bombings Monday?  Go to CNN's Impact Your World to find out how.

[Update 6:21 a.m. ET]  Though the suspects are no longer on the loose, the work on this case is not over.  There will be questions, and so far only one person can answer most of them - the 19-year-old suspect  in serious condition in a Boston hospital.  Even the president has said he wants answers.  Read the full story by CNN's Lateef Mungin.

[Update 6:14 a.m. ET] Life on the ice skates a step back towards normal Saturday in Boston, when the Pittsburgh Penguins will face the Boston Bruins in an NHL game at noon.

[Update 6:10 a.m. ET] Security officers still stand guard Saturday morning at the hospital, where "suspect number 2" is being treated.

[Update 5:05 a.m. ET] After a five-day nightmare, Boston can finally rest. One suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is in custody. The other, his older brother, is dead. And residents across Massachusetts are cheering the officers who ended a week of hell.  Read the story by CNN's Holly Yan.

[Update 3:48 a. m. ET] The government of Kazakhstan distanced itself from the Boston bombing suspects saying there is no evidence the brothers lived in the country before coming to the United States. The Kazakhs condemned the Boston attacks.  The statement.

[Update 3:35 a.m.] BloombergBusinessweek reports: Shutting down Boston for a day cost $333 million.

[Update 3:33 a.m.] A flapping tarp ended a manhunt for the younger bombing suspect.  When authorities lifted an order for residents to stay locked indoors, a man went for a stroll in his backyard and saw that something didn't look right about the tarp on his boat.  Here's how it gave the suspect away.

[Update 3:31 a.m.] A photo tweeted by CNN affiliate WMUR reporter Jean Mackin shows "suspect number 2" through the window of an ambulance, as he is taken away from the scene in Watertown. His face can be seen on the lower left of the window.

Sus2 in ambulance

[Update 2:55 a.m.]  The family of  the wife of one suspected bomber issued a typed statement that was published on a local news website in Rhode Island, The North Kingstown Patch.  It read: "Our daughter has lost her husband today, the father of her child. We cannot begin to comprehend how this horrible tragedy occurred. In the aftermath of the Patriot's Day horror, we know that we never really knew Tamerlane Tsarnaev. Our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted. Please respect our family's privacy in this difficult time."
See type written note here.

[Update 1:41 a.m.] The San Francisco Giants honored Boston victims by posting the message "#TogetherWereBoston" on the Jumbotron at AT&T Park during the team's game against the San Diego Padres.

[Update 1:10 a.m.] A powerful picture sent in by the Kafranbel Coordination Committee in the town of Kafranbel in northwest Syria.

[Update 12:45 a.m.] Montana Fredrick filmed students at Northeastern University celebrating in Hemenway Street on Friday night while first responders passed through. "Every time a police car passed by, the cheering became louder and a sense of respect and admiration was felt through the crowd," Fredrick said. "Many students donned American themed apparel with ample American flags dangling from windows and draped across students backs."

[Update 12:36 a.m.] Bassel Nasri, a friend of Dzokhar Tsarnaev, said the suspect never gave him a sense of being anti-American. The last time the two met was on April 8, the Monday before the Boston Marathon, when Tsarnaev gave him a ride to a soccer game.  "He seemed very fine. It was just like regular conversation, talking about soccer," Nasri said.

[Update 12:16 a.m. ET] Tsarnaev is being evaluated and treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he remains in serious condition. There is a heavy police presence. The FBI is expected to offer an update on his condition sometime this morning.

[Updated at 12:12 a.m.] The family of 8-year-old Martin Richard, one of three killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, thanked law enforcement for the arrest but added: "None of this will bring our beloved Martin back, or reverse the injuries these men inflicted on our family and nearly two hundred others. We continue to pray for healing and for comfort on the long road that lies ahead for every victim and their loved ones."

[Posted at 12:02 a.m.] College students and Bostonians alike took to the Boston common to celebrate the arrest of the alleged Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

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  1. Craig Hanson

    Consider that the Chechen Boston Marathon Bombers are sending a message to MOSCOW, as well as the int'l community, that the Chechen jihad is not crushed, and that the Olympic Games in Sochi–an atheletic event like Boston–will be under threat. Putin will have to crack down massively–which I believe he will–thereby making the Olympic event an oppressive event, and undermining Russian credibility and prestige.

    April 20, 2013 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Shiz

      What do you think he should do?

      April 20, 2013 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Putin

      Let Putin crush the Isamists in Chechnya

      April 20, 2013 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Does China have any legal claim to the 2nd suspect since a Chinese national was one of the bombing victims – can China seek to extradite him once the US is finished with him legally?

      April 20, 2013 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    I think its funny that someone whos a radical muslim is in a hospital called "Beth Israel Deaconess"

    April 20, 2013 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeffy

      That's because our country is controlled by radical Jews (Zionists).

      April 20, 2013 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      I was thinking the same S kel.

      April 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Call me sick, but I find the whole "running over your brother with the car" thing funny too.

      Like the Monty Python "Twit of the Year" skit.

      April 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Agape

    Why did we allow so many Muslims here? They don't belong here.

    April 20, 2013 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Ivo

      Ok,but remember ,that also nobody wants you anywhere on this planet and that your country is terrorising the world......so.....stay home....accept the reality ,that you are unwanted......and pay compensation for all the crimes against humanity your country....and you committed....

      April 20, 2013 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
    • aceclutch

      Because the people who shoot up others in schools and cause mass murders in the US are also muslim as well?


      April 20, 2013 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
    • rad

      ivo. you are spot on. nevermind

      April 20, 2013 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Lotusblossom5

      I find it rather ironic that the translation for agape is "unconditional love."

      April 20, 2013 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeffy

      When you leave their country, they will also leave yours.

      April 20, 2013 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Native

      Why did we allow so many white Christians here? They don't belong here.

      April 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rad

    what about free speech moron goverment.

    April 20, 2013 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ivo

    What a cheap,disgusting propaganda

    April 20, 2013 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. buongiorno

    im beside myself when i get on the blog post and feel alieanated by snide remarks maybe you should join the ranks of the captured your cival nature by your comments are the same by nature in comparison

    April 20, 2013 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Flipider.com

    The first song played when WCOD 106.1 went back on air after broadcasting these events for 3+ hours.

    April 20, 2013 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. rad

    maybe these guys were kids once with stars in their eyes. maybe these leaders also had stars in their eyes when they where kids. now you have trained 200 people to hunt humans and feel the rush of adrenalin as they move in to kill. free? i say you live in fear and train for the the day you will be hunted. just like them. unless you change your ways or more spcific your fears into what you really want . you will never be free. is that life? you have trained your soldiers well for war. i always liked the cowboy way. hard work. you have shown that guns make a lazy man a hero. shame on you unless you change youre ways. people still look up to you. how long? pleaaase

    April 20, 2013 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Brian Milliner

    Wake up America. There will be no closure until your Second Amendment is laid to rest: Then you can say "there is closure" for all the killings that have taken place, not just the Boston Marathon killing. I would not be able to sleep well when I know that young people can walk the streets with firearms in hand. Come on, folks, the Wild West is long gone.

    April 20, 2013 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mr Dalloway

    I an relieved and very thankful no one else had to die.

    April 20, 2013 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. sumpick

    That's a pretty passive aggressive condolence from Syria

    April 20, 2013 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. thealu

    Why are foreigners reporting American news? I just watched three reporters with British accents providing updates on the Boston Marathon terrorist attack. Is it just me, or does anyone else feel uncomfortable with this?

    April 20, 2013 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr Dalloway

      News is news

      April 20, 2013 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Caspar Mulders

      That's one of the most bigoted, frankly xenophobe remarks I have ever had the displeasure of encountering. You are an uncivilized swine.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr Dalloway

      America does not live in a vacuum

      April 20, 2013 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Glenn Jones

      North Korea only allowed news from its government, do you want the US to be the same?

      get your news from all over the world, that way you might form and more balance approach because you find you things which aren't reported and might change your opinion.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • 1608®

      You might be a redneck if.
      Just You.

      April 20, 2013 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • NRA 4EVER

      This is what we've been warning about for years. The British are back. This is why we still need guns. The 1776 revolution never ended.

      April 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Glenn Jones

    The people of Boston have supported terrorism for many years, I can remember seeing and open collection for the IRA in several bars in Boston. That money they gave was used to kill innocent people including children like Guildford, Warrington.

    I don't support terrorism or violence of any sort but I think karma has come back to haunt the people of Boston

    April 20, 2013 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. ronvan

    The things that meke me wonder: WHY, all the worthless, hate filled, misleading, accusational comments? WHY, the rush, by news agencies, to interview family & firends, when the usual answers are "he was an angel. No problems with him, and on & on"? WHY, do you think they are innocent, when they are being chashed by police and they are throwing hand grenades and pipe bombs at them? WHY, do we treat terrorists with the same laws as other crimes?

    April 20, 2013 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. ronvan

    MUSLIMS: WHY with a reported 1 billion plus muslims in the world, and only a minority causing problems, do not the vast majority, rise up, scream & protest the actions of a few? Their inaction and silence only makes it appear that they are in agreement with the minority, and that the Qura'n is correct and its OK to kill all the infidels! Hyprocrites! In that the minority even kill their own men, women & children! How can you explain or justify killing very young kids when they have not even had a chance to be indoctrinated, brainwashed, or even had a chance to form their own minds?
    And do not forget that their religious leaders say nothing, do nothing, in support of the majority, which appears, again, to support the minority! Soooo, until the majority take control away from the minority they will continue to be under the microscope!

    April 20, 2013 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
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