Three More Arrested in Boston Bombings

Another three people are now in custody for activities after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Two of them, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both 19 and from Kazakhstan, are friends of Dzhokhar’s and fellow students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  They are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and destroy evidence for throwing away Dzhokhar’s laptop and backpack with fireworks.

The third man, Robel Phillipos, also 19 and from Cambridge, is charged with lying to federal law enforcement.

Tsarnaev Carjack Victim Purposely Left Smartphone

The 26-year-old Chinese national known as “Danny,” whose Mercedes the Tsarnaev brothers hijacked, purposely left his iPhone in the car when he escaped, so that the police could use it to track the brothers.

When they stopped for gas, Dzhokhar went inside to pay, and Tamerlan put his gun aside to figure out the navigation device (maybe planning his route to New York City?), so Danny managed to escape and run to the gas station across the street to call 911.

Danny also said that when his phone rang, the brothers threatened to kill him if he spoke Chinese on the phone.

Tsarnaev Unarmed in Boat

After saying the police exchanged gunfire with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for over an hour while he was in the boat in Watertown, now two government officials are saying that Tsarnaev was unarmed when he was in the boat.

My sense at the time was that he was already way too injured to be in a gun battle when the homeowner lifted the tarp and saw him, that basically he was just lying there, bleeding profusely.


Who Is Misha?

From “Boston Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Influenced by Mysterious Radical,” Adam Goldman, Eric Tucker & Matt Apuzzo, The Associated Press:

In the years before the Boston Marathon bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev fell under the influence of a new friend, a Muslim convert who steered the religiously apathetic young man toward a strict strain of Islam, family members said.

Under the tutelage of a friend known to the Tsarnaev family only as Misha, Tamerlan gave up boxing and stopped studying music, his family said. He began opposing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He turned to websites and literature claiming that the CIA was behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and Jews controlled the world.

“Somehow, he just took his brain,” said Tamerlan’s uncle, Ruslan Tsarni….

They [Tamerlan and Dzhokhar] were raised in a home that followed Sunni Islam, the religion’s largest sect. They were not regulars at the mosque and rarely discussed religion, Khozhugov [the Tsarnaev brothers’ ex-brother-in-law] said.


Then, in 2008 or 2009, Tamerlan met Misha, a slightly older, heavyset bald man with a long reddish beard. Khozhugov didn’t know where they’d met but believed they attended a Boston-area mosque together. Misha was an Armenian native and a convert to Islam and quickly began influencing his new friend, family members said.




As time went on, Tamerlan and his father argued about the young man’s new beliefs.


“When Misha would start talking, Tamerlan would stop talking and listen. It upset his father because Tamerlan wouldn’t listen to him as much,” Khozhugov said. “He would listen to this guy from the mosque who was preaching to him.”


Anzor [the father] became so concerned that he called his brother, worried about Misha’s effects.


“I heard about nobody else but this convert,” Tsarni said. “The seed for changing his views was planted right there in Cambridge.”


Khozhugov said Tamerlan did not know much about Islam beyond what he found online or what he heard from Misha.





If You’ve Been Wondering…

I wondered why the Tsarnaev brothers didn’t kill the owner of the Mercedes SUV they carjacked once they had forced him to withdraw money for them from several ATM’s.

The man, who has not been identified, told the police that the brothers told him they were the Boston Marathon bombers, but that they wouldn’t kill him because he wasn’t an American.

They also told him they planned to head to New York City.


Tsarnaev Update

There are reports that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s neck wound is from his trying to shoot himself while he was in the boat to avoid being captured alive.  The Daily Mail says that he put a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.  There are reports that he can understand, but can’t talk and may never be able to talk again.

They also report that the brothers were planning to plant other bombs in the Boston area when the release of photos and videos of their identity stopped them.

FBI Hunting Sleeper Cell

The FBI is searching for a “sleeper cell” of a dozen terrorists whom they believe have ties to the Tsarnaev brothers.

A team of FBI and CIA interrogators are in Boston waiting to question Dzhokhar Tsernaev, who has a throat wound and can’t talk.

A source involved in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings last Monday claims “We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone.  The devices used to detonate the bombs were highly sophisticated….”