They Got Him—Alive: Cops Catch Boston Suspect

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding in a boat in Watertown backyard

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 19, 2013 10:04 AM CDT | Updated Apr 19, 2013 9:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – The manhunt is over. Police caught Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev tonight after finding him hiding in a boat in a Watertown backyard, reports WCVB. Tsarnaev was taken by ambulance to a hospital; the AP reports that he is in serious condition. Multiple gunshots were heard at the scene of his arrest earlier this evening, preceding a standoff of about two hours. The developments began shortly after police wrapped up a late-afternoon news conference to say the 19-year-old was still at large. NBC News spoke with a relative of the resident who found Tsarnaev, and the story is a wild one: In the relative's telling, the man was having a cigarette outside when he saw that the boat's tarp was loose; he went to fix it, saw a person and bloody clothes inside the boat, "freaked out," and called police. Helicopters used thermal imaging to confirm Tsarnaev's presence.

Some other developments and revelations:

  • “All in all, this has been a tough week, but we have seen the character of our country once more,” said President Obama after the arrest. "Tonight our nation is in debt to the people of Boston and the people of Massachusetts." Politico has more details on his comments.
  • The FBI took two men and a woman in for questioning from a house in New Bedford, but it's not clear how serious it is. A police lieutenant says Tsarnaev may have lived in the off-campus home at some point, reports AP.
  • Authorities lifted the "shelter in place" advisory for residents of Boston, with public transportation now open again.
  • Dzhokhar ran over his wounded brother Tamerlan in his haste to escape last night's shootout with police, reports the Globe. Tamerlan was killed, as was one officer; another officer was wounded.
  • One notable revision: Authorities say neither of the brothers robbed a 7-11 store in Cambridge as police previously reported. A 7-11 did get robbed, but not by them, a store exec tells USA Today. "The police or someone made a mistake. Someone was confused."
  • Tamerlan died wearing explosives and a triggering device, CNN reports.
  • One local auto shop owner tells the Wall Street Journal that Dzhokhar, a regular customer, came to him on Tuesday and said he needed his car "right now." The mechanic protested that the bumper and tail lights weren't on it, but Dzhokhar took it anyway. "I think he probably knew something was going to happen."

Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin street, where the standoff is taking place.
Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin street, where the standoff is taking place.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
People watch as police search for the suspect in Watertown.
People watch as police search for the suspect in Watertown.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Officers look on as the search for suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings continues in Watertown.
Officers look on as the search for suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings continues in Watertown.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police zero in on the suspect in Watertown.
Police zero in on the suspect in Watertown.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police surround a home while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., April 19, 2013.
Police surround a home while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., April 19, 2013.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Law enforcement officials stand guard while searching for an individual believed to be involved in the Boston Marathon explosions in Watertown, Mass., April 19, 2013.
Law enforcement officials stand guard while searching for an individual believed to be involved in the Boston Marathon explosions in Watertown, Mass., April 19, 2013.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Police cover as they surround a home while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., April 19, 2013.
Police cover as they surround a home while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., April 19, 2013.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
A sharpshooter trains his sight on a building as residents stand on the street in Watertown, Mass. (This isn't the same location as the one where police pinned down a suspect in late afternoon.)
A sharpshooter trains his sight on a building as residents stand on the street in Watertown, Mass. (This isn't the same location as the one where police pinned down a suspect in late afternoon.)   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
A woman carries a girl from their home as a SWAT team searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings enters the building in Watertown, Mass.
A woman carries a girl from their home as a SWAT team searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings enters the building in Watertown, Mass.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
A military helicopter flies above Watertown, Mass.
A military helicopter flies above Watertown, Mass.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police officers stand guard in a staging area in Watertown.
Police officers stand guard in a staging area in Watertown.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
This combination of undated photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.
This combination of undated photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.   (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun & Robin Young)
A message calling for citizens of Boston to Shelter in Place flashes on a sign on I-93 near the Zakim Bridge in Boston Friday.
A message calling for citizens of Boston to "Shelter in Place" flashes on a sign on I-93 near the Zakim Bridge in Boston Friday.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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