After an hours-long manhunt that placed the entire city on lockdown, Boston police finally apprehended the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and left dozens injured. The second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured Friday evening after police found him hiding in a boat in Watertown, a suburb of Boston. A negotiator convinced the man to give himself up to police.
The hunt for the Tsarnaev brothers began around 5:20 pm on Thursday, when the FBI released images of the two men at the scene of the bombings. Later that night, a convenience store near MIT was robbed, and police found an MIT security officer shot to death in his vehicle. The suspects carjacked a Mercedes SUV near campus, leaving its uninjured owner behind at a gas station.
Officers chased the vehicle into a residential area in Watertown, as the suspects lobbed explosives from their vehicle. Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s older brother and accomplice, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot when he emerged from the vehicle, and, police say, his younger brother struck him as he drove away. At least 16 police officers, including 33-year-old Richard H. Donahue, Jr., were injured in the melee. Tamerlan was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center, where he was taken to be treated for his wounds.
Dzhokar fled the scene. Watertown, along with other neighborhoods, were locked down and residents evacuated. At about 8:00 am, the rest of Boston was locked down; businesses were asked to remain closed, people on the streets were asked to go home and stay there. Local sports teams postponed games scheduled for the day and classes were canceled in area schools and universities. Public transit was shut down, as were regional commuter trains and buses.
The two men were ethnic Chechnyans who had lived with their family in Krygyzstan before emigrating to the United States. The younger suspect, Dzhokar, had grown up in the U.S. from the age of eight, according to his mother. He became a naturalized citizen in 2012. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was not a U.S. citizen, but was a lawful green-card holder.
Dzhokar Tsarnaev was a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and worked as a lifeguard at Harvard University. Friends and family have expressed shock and disbelief in the wake of Dzhokar’s implication in the bombings. Larry Aaronson, formerly Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s neighbor and high school teacher, described the man as “grateful to be here,” “compassionate,” and “jovial.”