'We Got the Call, and We Got the Guy'

A homeowner discovered Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding in a boat in his yard just outside the perimeter of officers, leading to the end of a 21-hour manhunt for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

A call from a Watertown resident led to the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, officials said at a Friday evening press conference.

"We asked you to maintain vigilance and you did," Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said. "We got the call, and we got the guy."

A man had exited his home after being inside all day per the shelter-in-place policy instituted during the manhunt and lifted earlier this evening, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said. The man saw blood on a boat in his backyard, lifted the tarp over the boat and saw a man covered in blood, and immediately went back inside his home and called the police.

"Over the course of the next hour or so we exchanged gunfire with the suspect inside the boat," Davis said. "The hostage rescue team made entry and removed the suspect still in the boat."

The hostage rescue team tried to negotiate to get the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, to exit the boat, but Davis said that Tsarnaev was not communicative.

Davis said officials had no information indicating Tsarnaev remained in the 20-block search area of Watertown, leading to officials listing the shelter-in-place policy, and shortly thereafter they received the call from the homeowner. 

The boat where Tsarnaev was found sat "just slightly" outside of the perimeter that law enforcement officials had set up and had not been searched earlier, Davis said, explaining how he managed to elude officers throughout the day. 

Officers found blood in the car after the gunfight earlier tonight, behind a house within the perimeter, but no indications that Tsarnaev had gotten outside the perimeter, Deveau said. 

No explosives were found on Tsarnaev at the time of his capture, Davis said, who added that in the post-midnight gunfight during which first bombing suspect and Tsarnaev's brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev suffered fatal injuries, there were improvised explosives and homemade grenades thrown at police officers, along with over 200 rounds of gunfire.

"It's almost unheard of," he said. 

Tsarnaev was taken to a hospital in serious condition, covered in blood. Davis said officials assumed his injured occured during the evening before—shots were fired at the boat, but officials did not know if Tsarnaev was hit.

"We always want to take all the suspects alive, so we can find out what happened, why it happened and hold them for justice," Davis said.

Based on the investigation, citizens of Greater Boston can be "confident that the threat has been removed," Davis added.

Investigation Continues

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said it remains an active an ongoing investigation and that "the journey continues" as officials sort through the details and evidence before filing formal charges. 

"We will not be able to provide the details you want at this time, but as the days continue, you will get answers to those questions," Ortiz said.

Tsarnaev was not read his Miranda rights when taken into custody due to a public safety exemption in cases of national security and acts of terrorism, said Ortiz, who declined to comment on the possibility of the death penalty sentence, saying that decision by the U.S. Attorney General comes after reviewing all the evidence and a "thoughtful, long process."

Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev first came to law enforcement officials attention last night after a "vicious assassination" of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, Davis said, followed by a carjacking at a gas station from which officials retrieved video footage. They were tracked into Watertown, leading to the gunfight and manhunt.

Elsewhere, three people were reportedly arrested in New Bedford. Davis said the hostage rescue team went to that New Bedford home because they "felt it was important to the investigation," and found that Tsarnaev was not there.

John April 26, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Joe, a lynch mob has declared you guilty of a heinous crime. You no longer have any rights. Stay where you are, they will be over shortly to "process" you.
Elizabeth Ewins April 26, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Jon I get that you feel irritated at Mark,but did you have to insult Chechen?Yes I get that Chechen is not very popular right now with its bad apples,but every country in the world probably has its bad apples. Americas bad apple is Timothy McVeigh.Does this mean that America is a terrible place because America society produced a terrorist? I should say not. So why condemn Chechen for producing its own terrorists.-My point is the bad apples of countries don't nessesarily make the countrys bad. America has proven that with Timothy McVeigh.
Spenser April 26, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Funny - I was in the hotel workers union Local 26 and they had no trouble telling people who to vote for - off the record. Unions, like the Democrats, are not the same as 40 years ago.
Spenser April 26, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Looks like those nice brothers planned to go to New York and share the love - touching.
John April 26, 2013 at 11:40 PM
you are absolutely right, I should not have associated mark with Chenchen. They are far better than mark deserves.
John April 26, 2013 at 11:41 PM
yet you seem to insinuate that the republicans are???
Spenser April 26, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Tim relativism makes a poor point.
John April 27, 2013 at 12:01 AM
no, you make a poor point. Everything is different than it was 40 years ago.
South Shore April 27, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Well, we can be sure you weren't a pilgrim... You said your family came from England in the 1800's. It’s time for a history lesson. You missed a little thing called the American Revolution 1775-1783 (Hail the English!). The Scotch-Irish migration, from 1710 to 1775, over 200,000 people emigrated from Ireland. Another 100,000 arrived in America between 1783 and 1812. My ancestor, Samuel Neilson was a newspaper editor and proponent of equal rights for people of all faiths, in particular the repeal of penal laws against Catholics. His cause followed the American Revolution. When the English took all his property, he could not afford a lawyer, and his family was in disrepair (Hail the English!), he was sent to a Scottish prison for 3 years. Finally, he was exiled to the US on the condition he never return to Ireland. He came to New York in 1803 with plans to establish a Society of United Irishmen here and a free press. I’ll wager Samuel’s emigration beat your family’s by at least 10 years, and if he had not died of yellow fever shortly after arriving in New York, he would have spent the rest of his life improving both the American and Irish conditions. Are you telling me he didn’t deserve to be here? The take-home is most of us in Boston have family, who at some point, immigrated due to some sort of persecution, seeking a better life to claim otherwise is simply untrue. Now, I need to go do the laundry. You’re simply wasting my time.
John April 27, 2013 at 12:04 AM
now a days ronny raygun would be considered a socialist marcist communist kenyan by the GO TEA. that's alot of change for the worst.
South Shore April 27, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Another member of our family was John Neilson, United Irishman and master builder of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's estate, and the University of Virginia. He was naturalized in 1804. Tell me these Irishmen didn't play an important role in the founding of our country! Are you behind me South Boston?
Mark April 27, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Another thing you people should be educated on, the Patriot Act mandates that all banks withdraw $3 per transaction on any person that withdraws money from their savings account over 3 times per month! Again the usurped government is stealing, robbing, and cheating its own citizens! This was brought to my attention from a bank of america employee when I discovered money missing from my account! The Patriot Act punishing Americans financially for what foreign terrorists did? The American government makes me sick! I wish them dead everyday!
mg April 27, 2013 at 01:23 AM
And it's a 6 transaction limit, per Regulation D.
Mark April 27, 2013 at 01:49 AM
To all you people who misunderstand my comment about being European descendants! This country was founded by Europeans, English, Germans, French, Italian, Irish, etc etc etc. I am proud of my European heritage! I don't see your Brazilians waving your American flags, they always refer to Brazil as "My Country" Nobody dare tell them to go back to Brazil, same for all the non white immigrants, they all put their country first! The Liberals need them to breed as many children as possible , so they can get more votes!
Spenser April 27, 2013 at 02:06 AM
All men are created equal, but the outcomes are different.
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Joe Greene April 27, 2013 at 02:31 AM
On the comment board a bunch of fakes. Just shut them down. 7 days. 300+ comments. Nearly all unrelated to the article. What has become of the Patch?
mg April 27, 2013 at 02:34 AM
So, racist comments = ok Calling someone a knucklehead = suspendable Got it.
Mark April 27, 2013 at 02:46 AM
No racist comments! Just facts! Liberals can't stand the truth! For some reason Liberals want to make Europeans the minority in America? What is the ratio of Europeans vs non Europeans immigrating to America? You Liberals are weak and those very terrorists you let immigrate here, will destroy you while you preach peace and love and wave your American flags!
mg April 27, 2013 at 02:46 AM
[Sweeping, racist generalization]
mg April 27, 2013 at 02:46 AM
[Innocuous 3rd-grade insult]
mg April 27, 2013 at 02:47 AM
Don't worry, our pal Andy is here to keep us safe from the bad words.
Mark April 27, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Name 1 country in the world that is free and a democracy that isn't European or under European control! Nothing in Africa, South America, Asia, Certainly not the Middle East! America will be like those I mentioned in 20 years tops!
Chris Caesar April 27, 2013 at 02:50 AM
No racist comments! You're just pointing out how immigrants are destroying white America. Why would anyone think that is racist at all?
mg April 27, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Plenty of Middle East countries are. Read a book.
South Shore April 27, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Mark -- By your definition, Carlos Arredondo is a Brazilian, after all Costa Rica is close to Brazil. How dare you insult our hero of the Boston bombings! The man in the cowboy hat. He came to the marathon to honor the memory of his son who was killed serving America in Iraq. Carlos became a citizen in 2006. You make me want to PUKE!!! You've lost all credibility. You're entitled, arrogant, and trolling with hate, like Gordon Baum, Council of Conservative Citizens. To think you're trying to "educate" Boston from your gated community. I agree with Tim, Mary Ellen, MC Stringfellow, Joyce, and Jon. It’s time for you to find another place to live. Since you're not even American, you should leave. I hope your account is suspended and comments blocked.
South Shore April 27, 2013 at 03:07 AM
In Gordon Baum's own words "We believe the United States is a European country and that Americans are part of the European people. … We therefore oppose the massive immigration of non-European and non-Western peoples into the United States that threatens to transform our nation into a non-European majority in our lifetime. We believe that illegal immigration must be stopped, if necessary by military force and placing troops on our national borders; that illegal aliens must be returned to their own countries; and that legal immigration must be severely restricted or halted through appropriate changes in our laws and policies. We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called ‘affirmative action' and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races." —Statement of Principles, Citizens Informer, 2007
South Shore April 27, 2013 at 03:09 AM
"God is the author of racism. God is the One who divided mankind into different types. ... Mixing the races is rebelliousness against God." — Council of Conservative Citizens website, 2001
Bonnie Parker April 27, 2013 at 03:10 AM
I think we understand you fine.
South Shore April 27, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Agreed -- Patch -- shut this discussion down.


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