FBI Update: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Condition
Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation updated the medical status of 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the following statement: “According to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in serious condition. The FBI is releasing this information at the request of the hospital.”
Friday night, the FBI’s site had a simple three-line update, as follows:
Updates on Investigation Into Multiple Explosions in Boston
April 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.. EDT
Dzhokar Tsarnaev, suspect in bombing investigation, is now in custody.
After the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Boston area law enforcement agencies took him into custody Friday, several agency heads collectively expressed pride and relief in the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (shown in the photo, wearing a white cap) Friday night.
President Obama says the case has questions about how the suspects planned the attacks, whether they had help, and why they conducted Monday’s fatal bombings that used two explosions, killing at least three people and injuring at least 180 other people.
Massachusetts State Police Colonel Tim Alben says Tsarneav’s arrest followed a call from a citizen who saw him in a boat before calling police, who used a thermal-sensing detector which found a heat signature on the boat beneath some sort of covering. Alben says that a police tactical team then responded “and took him out.”
Alben said Friday night that Tsarnaev had a gunfight with police at the boat and during an exchange Thursday night that left his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead as the other suspect in the bombings. They also are suspects in a Thursday night execution of Massachusetts Institute of Technology policeman Sean Collier before the first gunfight. Police say that the two gunfire exchanges involved more than 200 rounds of firearm ammunition besides explosives and improvised hand grenades.
Agent in Charge of FBI’s Boston Bureau Rick DeLauriers says the case involves “a truly intense investigation,” and U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz says the investigation is active and ongoing with “a tremendous amount of evidence.” She said the law enforcement response involved “heroism” that started Monday when two bombs left victims to honor in memory.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick thanked all involved law enforcement agencies for their “extraordinary collaboration and cooperation” in a “complicated, challenging case.”
Police say the Tsarnaevs are Chechens who moved to the United States about a decade ago, before Monday’s bombings put them in photos and videos that went public Wednesday. Police say the men surfaced Thursday night to kill the MIT policeman, taking his car before carjacking another man and his sports utility vehicle. Police say that man escaped before the Tsarnaevs engaged police in a gunfight that might have wounded Dzhokar Tsarnaev before he charged at police in the SUV, fleeing police until his Friday night capture that Col. Alben called a “victory” toward closure to a dangerous situation.