Three More Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects Arrested [UPDATE]
The Boston Police Department reports three additional suspects have been arrested in connection with the marathon bombings.
Update 2:30pm — All three of the suspects are accused of removing items from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm at UMass Dartmouth after the bombings that took place during the Boston marathon. The two classmates from New Bedford are being charged with obstruction of justice, and Phillipos is charged with lying to federal agents, accoridng to CNN.
Update 2:15pm — NBC Nightly News tweeted this photo of fireworks found in a backpack in the Crapo Hill landfill in New Bedford.
Tsarnaev’s friends from New Bedford are believed to have thrown away the bag that had these materials in them.
Update 2:05pm — WBZ reports that the third suspect has been identified as Rebel Phillipos of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Phillipos lived in an apartment near the gas station where the Tsarnaev borthers had a showdown with police.
Update 12:46pm – Two out of three of the new suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings may have thrown away a knapsack at the request of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The announcement of their arrests was made this morning. U.S. officials say two of the new suspects are Kazakhstan citizens who were previously held on suspicion of violating visa policies. The third is a U.S. citizen.
Update 12:30pm — The Associated Press confirms that two of the suspects taken into custody were students at UMass Dartmouth, on the Southcoast.
BREAKING: Officials say 2 newly arrested in Boston bomb case are friends of suspect from UMass-Dartmouth.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 1, 2013
Update 11:50am – Three suspects arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings face possible charges of helping the Tsarnaev brothers in the days after the attack.
CNN reports at least two of them will be charged with obstruction of justice. These two men in question are students from New Bedford, MA.
Boston police have said that there is no threat to the public.
There’s no information on who the suspects are. Only two suspects were identified in the days immediately after the bombing.
Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow.
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) May 1, 2013
No word yet if the three suspects are connected to, or are the two men that were taken into custody by authorities for violating their student visas at UMass Dartmouth. Accoridng to WBZ, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev have been held in jail for over week and have been ‘extensively’ questioned by officials.
The “Boston Globe” identifies those arrested today as college students, but gives no more details.
The original marathon bombing suspects are brother Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police in Watertown, MA on April 19. Dzhokar was taken into custody that night by police.