The Massachusetts college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombing was captured wounded, but alive after hiding out in a boat parked in a backyard on Friday evening.
The arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev signaled the end of five days of terror set-off by the double bombing at the marathon finish line killing three people and wounding more than 180.
His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, lay dead in a furious 24-hour drama that transfixed the nation and paralyzed the Boston area with fear.
Relieved law enforcement officers began cheering and clapping after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was arrested and is now in a serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is reported to have lost a great deal of blood.
Boston police commissioner Ed Davis was celebratory in his tone as he took to Twitter to say, ‘It’s a proud day to be a Boston police officer. Thank you all.’
Police cornered the younger Tsarnaev around 7 p.m., less than an hour after police lifted a stay-indoors order for the city and its suburbs.
A resident in his 60s, believed to be called David Hanneberry, reportedly went outside to smoke and saw the tarpaulin cover of his boat was disturbed off the top.
PARENTS DEFEND BOMBERS
The mother of the Boston Marathon blast suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, says it is impossible that her two sons were responsible for the violent events this week and insists the brothers have been setup by the FBI.
Zubeidat Tsranaeva, who lives in Russia, said on Friday that her sons were innocent, while their father screamed and yelled in a separate interview in defense of the brothers.
‘They never could have done this. Never, ever, ever!’ said their father Anzor Tsamaev who lives in an area of Russia called Makhachkala.
He also said that he believes that his sons were set up, and without going into specifics, he said that if his younger son was killed once he is found, then he would see it as proof that there was a conspiracy afoot.
‘If they killed him, then all hell would break loose,’ he said to ABC News.
‘If they kill my second child, I will know that it is an inside job, a hit job. The police are to blame.’
In a surprising twist, he said that he spoke to both of his sons just yesterday, days after the two bombs killed three and injured more than 180 people at the Boston marathon on Monday.
The boys told him: ‘Everything is good, Daddy. Everything is very good.’
‘I know my son never spoke about those things. I am a mother, I raised them. My oldest son used to tell me everything. He used to call me and ask me “how are you mama?” Both of them, “mama we love you, mama how are you, we miss you.”‘
‘My sons would tell me. My son would never keep it a secret. If there is anyone who would know, it would be me.’
The father has openly discussed the family’s situation with the media.’I feel terrible! Why they kill my son? Something wrong! My sons never do bombing. They hated guns – how they do bombs?’ the boys father told People.
‘I talked to my sons yesterday, both of them. We talked about the bombing. I was worried about them, they said they were okay.’
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