UPDATE: Boston police have bombing suspect in custody

Friday, April 19, 2013 | 8:03 p.m. CDT; updated 2:47 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 20, 2013
Police in tactical gear arrive on an armored police vehicle as they surround an apartment building while looking for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. The bombs that blew up seconds apart near the finish line of the Boston Marathon left the streets spattered with blood and glass, and gaping questions of who chose to attack and why.

WATERTOWN, Mass. — A 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.

Police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed Friday in a furious attempt to escape police.


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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been holed up in a boat in a Watertown neighborhood. The crowd gathered near the scene let out a cheer when spectators saw officers clapping.

"Everyone wants him alive," said Kathleen Paolillo, a 27-year-old teacher who lives in Watertown.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino tweeted "We got him," along with a photo of the police commissioner speaking to him.

During a long night of violence Thursday into Friday, the brothers killed an MIT police officer, severely wounded another lawman and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle, authorities said.

The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and family members as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers who had lived in Dagestan, which neighbors Chechnya in southern Russia. They had been in the U.S. for about a decade, an uncle said, and were believed to be living in Cambridge, Mass.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a 26-year-old who had been known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1 and was seen in surveillance footage of the marathon in a black baseball cap, was killed overnight, officials said. His younger brother, who had been dubbed Suspect No. 2 and was seen wearing a white, backward baseball cap in the images from Monday's deadly bombing — escaped and was on the run.

Their uncle in Maryland, Ruslan Tsarni, pleaded on live television: "Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness."

Authorities in Boston suspended all mass transit and warned close to 1 million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay indoors as the hunt for Suspect No. 2 went on. Businesses were asked not to open. People waiting at bus and subway stops were told to go home. The Red Sox and Bruins postponed their games.

From Watertown to Cambridge, police SWAT teams, sharpshooters and FBI agents surrounded various buildings as police helicopters buzzed overhead and armored vehicles rumbled through the streets. Authorities also searched trains.

"We believe this man to be a terrorist," said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. "We believe this to be a man who's come here to kill people."

The bombings Monday killed three people and wounded more than 180 others, tearing off limbs in a spray of shrapnel and instantly raising the specter of another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Chechnya was the scene of two wars between Russian forces and separatists since 1994, in which tens of thousands were killed in heavy Russian bombing. That spawned an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings in Russia and the region, although not in the West.

Investigators in the Boston case have shed no light on the motive for the bombing and have said it is unclear whether it was the work of domestic or international terrorists or someone else entirely with an unknown agenda.

The endgame — at least for Suspect No. 1 — came just hours after the FBI released photos and video of the two young men at the marathon's finish line and appealed to the public for help in identifying and capturing them.

State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said police realized they were dealing with the bombing suspects based on what the two men told a carjacking victim during their getaway attempt overnight.

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Ellis Smith April 19, 2013 | 11:13 a.m.

So, from the description given here, it might be that while NOT Arabs these two could be at least be nominally Muslim?

However, if they were named "Smith" or "Jones" or "Johnson" and were born and raised in Dime Box, Texas* as Baptists or Holy Rollers, we shouln't be a bit surprised either.

Terror is as terror does.

*-There IS a Dime Box, Texas.

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frank christian April 19, 2013 | 11:45 a.m.

"Terror is as terror does." We're not sure yet. This may be recorded as Boston Marathon Violence.

Also is a Shiner, TX, whose brewery's Shiner Bock beer has made the city, noteworthy.

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Ellis Smith April 19, 2013 | 2:56 p.m.


If it causes terror in at least some citizens, I would classify it as terror [period], and those causing it as terrorists. But let's not split hairs.

Yes, that's very good beer. In these parts (where I presently reside) we have Leinenkugel's: obviously an Irish brewery, located in beautiful Chippewa Falls, WI*. Have you ever tried their "Summer Shandy "or their light beer, "Leinie Delite?"

Believe it or not, a friend of mine (we worked for the same corporation at one time) actually ran an engineering consultancy out of Dime Box, TX; otherwise, I would never have heard of the place. It lies roughly halfway between Austin (UT-Austin) and College Station (Texas A&M) and not very far from Houston.

*- Every place in Wisconsin is beautiful; some places are just more beuatiful than others.

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frank christian April 19, 2013 | 4:00 p.m.

"If it causes terror in at least some citizens, I would classify it as terror [period], and those causing it as terrorists. But let's not split hairs."

Of course Ellis, I agree completely, but when the perp may be Muslim, you may be at odds with our Democrat Administration.

The FT. Hood shooter is Muslim, had been in contact with alQaeda more than once, shouted jihadist rants while killing Americans, but chief of Homeland Security, J. Napolitano and B. Obama decided "workplace violence" should be the correct label for the act. Not splitting hairs, but thought I should relate this to you, knowing to be at odds with the Obama Administration, could cause you great angst.

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Ellis Smith April 19, 2013 | 4:27 p.m.


Agreed, but wish to clarify.

If I were then to be granted a license to exterminate rodents in the District of Columbia, and in the process of doing so killed a high-ranking government official, would THAT also be considered "work-related"?

I have no plans to apply for a license. :)

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frank christian April 19, 2013 | 4:57 p.m.

It would seem only Muslims commit acts of workplace violence. You should ask Janet, about "work-related". She might issue you a license with a "Republican only" stamp on it.

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Ellis Smith April 19, 2013 | 6:18 p.m.


I've been resisting bringing this up, but if you examine all the posts I've ever made to the two Columbia newspapers you will find I almost NEVER use the words "Democrat" or "Republican." That is deliberate.

If Thomas Jefferson were brought back to life, he might well look at the Democratic Party today and become sick at his stomach.

If Abraham Lincoln were brought back to life, he might also view the Republican Party today and become sick at his stomach.

However, Frank, this doesn't mean that we don't agree on many things.

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frank christian April 19, 2013 | 7:37 p.m.

Ellis - I don't see disagreement on this subject. I have long ago noted your aversion to placement of blame on one or the other of our political parties. Your call.

Shouldn't you have noted that I was referring to Ms. Janet Nepolitano's opinion of one of our Parties? She has never hesitated to distinguish between the two.

I'm trying to "Q", on my deck first time this year and while I'm writing you, many of the birds mentioned, showed up. Who eats first? Again, the choice was easy, ME! See you later.

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Mark Foecking April 20, 2013 | 2:42 a.m.

I think it's important yo point out that it's not Islam that is the issue. It's the political leanings of people from various parts of the world that dislike the US and Israel. They happen to be Muslim. The fact that some terrorists are Muslim does not mean all Muslims are terrorists. In fact very few of them are.


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Ellis Smith April 20, 2013 | 5:24 a.m.

@ Mark Foecking:

I couldn't agree more! However, without question, I can cite translated passages* from the Qur'an (Koran) where Muhammad counsels violence against Jews and Christians. Jesus does not counsel violence against any group of humans.

However, as Egyptian Muslims (I have worked in a Muslim country) repeatedly reminded me, historically when it comes to having blood on one's hands, Christians have had their share. Prize examples during the 20th Century, occurring in what are at least NOMINALLY Christian countries: The "Thousand Year" Third Reich, Chile** under Pinochet, and the Argentine** military junta, which Her Majesty and Mrs. Thatcher toppled by winning the Falkland Islands War. (Thank you, ladies.)

Of course there we're talking about governments, and in the last two cases crimes committed only against the government's own citizens. but the countries themselves are nominally Christian. (The new Pope is from Argentina, while the Pope who just retired was German.)

As it happens, when the Boston Marathon business broke out I was reading Robert Spencer's book, "Did Muhammad Exist?" I am 133 pages through the 217-page book. So far, Spencer makes an interesting scholarly case, but I'm not convinced his thesis is correct.

*- In strict Muslim practice, only the Qur'an in Arabic is considered religious turth; translations are considered to be of lesser worth.

**- Worked in those countries too.

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frank christian April 20, 2013 | 7:25 p.m.

Hey, Ellis! Way off subject here, but wife told me she heard a thud at front door and found a dead bird. It was a Carolina wren! Three birds died trying to fly through the glass on deck side before we installed a tape "cross" over the panel of glass they seemed to like. It has been there for over 30 yrs. with no other incident. The front of our house has no area not obviously brown steel and can't imagine how or why any bird would die that way,except that accidents do happen.

I always liked those little dudes and hope this will not be the end of them around here.

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Ellis Smith April 21, 2013 | 7:01 a.m.


As it happened, I had serious problems with birds (various species) flying into one window of my Columbia condo.

My daughter consulted friends and they put her onto some flat, black, "owl-shaped" silhouettes having a coated side that would stick to the inside of the window glass. Looked a bit odd, but worked like a charm!

Another problem in the spring is male robins who see their reflection in a window and start fighting that relfection. This can become very annoying, and not just for the robin. The "owls" take care of that as well.

One suspects those over-sexed, stupid robins might actually be crypto-Socialits.

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