Breaking: PD pulled over MA car in Niagara Falls; Update: No police action anticipated, alert for other vehicle; Update: Still checking “out of an abundance of caution”

posted at 9:39 am on April 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Hmmmm:

A police source tells 2 On Your Side that New York State Police have pulled over a vehicle in Niagara Falls allegedly with two Russian nationals in the vehicle.

The car was pulled over at 19th and Elmwood in the Falls.

Bomb techs and a robot are being used to investigate four suspicious backpacks in the vehicle.

Another source tells us the vehicle has Massachusetts license plates.

This could be nothing, but as the live video notes, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s cell phone could now be in police possession — and they will be searching it rapidly for any associates.  That may have to do with this alert from a couple of hours ago:

Going to the international border raises some suspicion, too.

Update: Buffalo News says the two are brothers from Turkey, not Russia, and that so far their story is checking out:

Local, state and federal police are interviewing two Turkish brothers who drove into Niagara Falls this morning in a vehicle with Massachusetts plates.

A member of the Air National Guard spotted the two men in the vehicle early this morning and followed them into Niagara Falls where authorities stopped them at Elmwood and 19th Street, police said. A bomb squad was called to the scene. …

At this time, it appears the brothers’ story is checking out and will not result in police action.

Meanwhile, PD want Connecticut residents to be on the lookout for 316-ES9, a gray Honda CRV, which may be connected to the case and headed their way.

Update: WGRZ reports that the police are still searching the car, although the passenger and driver are cooperating. Both are US citizens, and the PD are being thorough “out of an abundance of caution”:


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The conspiracy widens

blatantblue on April 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Wolf Blitzer – Does the car have a Tea Party bumper sticker on it?…

PatriotRider on April 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

NIGH-AGRAH-FALLS!!!!!!!!

greggriffith on April 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Charlie Crist on a cross, this is quite the puzzle unfolding.

An Islamic terror cell homegrown in the liberal northeast? Boy howdy, I guess that claim of Bark’s that his presidency would decrease muslim hostility towards us will have to be….revised.

Bishop on April 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Wolf Blitzer – Does the car have a Tea Party bumper sticker on it?…

PatriotRider on April 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I am sure it really says “Allah Rocks!” but by the time Chris Matthews gets ahold of it; Allah will be changed to Palin..

melle1228 on April 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Wolf Blitzer – Does the car have a Tea Party bumper sticker on it?…

PatriotRider on April 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

“We have reports that the car is white American”

gwelf on April 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Charlie Crist on a cross, this is quite the puzzle unfolding.

LMAO! That is a horrible orange mental image.

melle1228 on April 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

If it is Russians it is not surprising… it could be the FSB… the Red Mafia just doing deals, when you can them apart from the FSB that is… or jihadists… or FSB-backed jihadists… lone wolf jihadists…

Well, you end up with jihad in there most of the time, it seems. But final backer?

Follow the money.

ajacksonian on April 19, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Sure are a bunch of “lone wolves” out there…

All of course simply coincidence.

Right?

coldwarrior on April 19, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Oh, and why Niagara Falls?

Easy escape to Canada.

And the power station.

Never, ever forget the power station.

ajacksonian on April 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

am sure it really says “Allah Rocks!” but by the time Chris Matthews gets ahold of it; Allah will be changed to Palin..

melle1228 on April 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

“Allah Rocks!” is obviously an allusion to right winger Allahpundit.

gwelf on April 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

“Is the car white and perhaps supremacist?!”

The SRM needs to know.

forest on April 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

There has been too many red breaking news post on HotAir lately

Waldo on April 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

MSM meeting secretly:

“Should we quietly ignore Gosnell, or the radical islamist ties of the Marathon bombers? Because it will look too suspicious if we ignore both”.

Cavalry on April 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Which is why I keep wondering about the grenades.

Axe on April 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Charlie Crist on a cross, this is quite the puzzle unfolding.

An Islamic terror cell homegrown in the liberal northeast? Boy howdy, I guess that claim of Bark’s that his presidency would decrease muslim hostility towards us will have to be….revised.

Bishop on April 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

They were driven to violence by the inherent unfairness of our “white privilege” society…

gwelf on April 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

God Bless and Keep the Law Enforcement Officers as they pursue these Bastards.

workingclass artist on April 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Interesting. If it pans out that they are connected it would seem that we are in deep do do. What it their issue with the US anyway? I thought Russian terror was strictly local political stuff.

Dr. Frank Enstine on April 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Paging Marco Rubio…..NO AMNESTY>>LOCK DOWN THE BORDERS

crosshugger on April 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

“Allah Rocks!” is obviously an allusion to right winger Allahpundit.

gwelf on April 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

LOL– I laugh, but I could totally see Chris Matthews making that argument. I mean leftist are trying to say that the Ricin guy giving the thumbs up to the Christian Democrat sticker was a “joke” and he really was a rightwinger..

melle1228 on April 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

they updated that alert for a honda:

https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/325242394167611393

@Breaking911 10m

NYC UPDATE *ALERT FOR SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE* Honda CRV, MA Plate #36ES9 has been found in Boston by POlice. #BREAKING

mythicknight on April 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

NIGH-AGRAH-FALLS!!!!!!!!

greggriffith on April 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Slowly i turned, step by step. Inch by inch I crept up on him…

HotAirian on April 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

http://buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130419/CITYANDREGION/130419039/1002

Buffalo News says they are from Turkey

matd on April 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Gosh, I hope these folks have been wearing their seatbelts and have their emission stickers up to date, because few other things are as important.

Don L on April 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

@TheDCVince: Anonymous claims to find bomber’s real Twitter account, where he advocated gun control in America http://t.co/BVC5hQqbNf

mrscullen on April 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Paging Marco Rubio…..NO AMNESTY>>LOCK DOWN THE BORDERS

crosshugger on April 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

No kidding…Rubio hardest hit…just what the hell was he thinking on this???

PatriotRider on April 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Naturally, we will soon be told that the fact that the suspects, as usual, are Muslim foreigners should have no impact on the immigration debate.

kd6rxl on April 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

CNN is reporting that the backpacks found in the car were bought at an American Eagle store, no obviously these guys are Christian anti-abortion types from Kansas.

Bishop on April 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Paging Marco Rubio…..NO AMNESTY>>LOCK DOWN THE BORDERS

crosshugger on April 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Do we know they were here illegally?

gwelf on April 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Russia reciprocating flexibility?

DanMan on April 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

NIGH-AGRAH-FALLS!!!!!!!!

greggriffith on April 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Slowly I turned…..

Odysseus on April 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

The car is a white American Motors Pacer….

PatriotRider on April 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Scanner link for those interested: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ma-rt-9-window-cam

mythicknight on April 19, 2013 at 9:56 AM

CNN is reporting that the backpacks found in the car were bought at an American Eagle store, no obviously these guys are Christian anti-abortion types from Kansas.

Bishop on April 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Isn’t American Eagle some right wing fascist tea party group?

/sarc

gwelf on April 19, 2013 at 9:56 AM

***

An Islamic terror cell homegrown in the liberal northeast? Boy howdy, I guess that claim of Bark’s that his presidency would decrease muslim hostility towards us will have to be….revised.

Bishop on April 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

I hope this hijacks his second term and realigns the role of the federal government to protect us, not indoctrinate our children at our expense.

BuckeyeSam on April 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Wolf Blitzer – Does the car have a Tea Party bumper sticker on it?…

PatriotRider on April 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I am sure it really says “Allah Rocks!” but by the time Chris Matthews gets ahold of it; Allah will be changed to Palin..

No, there is a bumper sticker it says: Islam is a Blast!

stuartm80127 on April 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Any word from Salon?

MoreLiberty on April 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

mythicknight on April 19, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Thanks. :) The other’s were maxed.

Axe on April 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Wouldn’t you love to hear this question asked:

“Mr. Carney, how is the President taking the news that the suspects are Muslim immigrants not Tea Partiers or NRA gun nuts?”

kd6rxl on April 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Paging Marco Rubio…..NO AMNESTY>>LOCK DOWN THE BORDERS

[crosshugger on April 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM]

I’m really excited to hear Rubio expound on the “no profiling” provisions in his immigration bill.

Dusty on April 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Do we know they were here illegally?

gwelf on April 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

That’s irrelevant. We need immigration reform that ensures we know who’s already here and who we’re allowing into the country. Not a bill that just legalizes 20 million people and allows all of their family members to come here while never securing the border.

Doughboy on April 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

CNN is reporting that the backpacks found in the car were bought at an American Eagle store, no obviously these guys are Christian anti-abortion types from Kansas.

Bishop on April 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

The real pressing question is… if they were just going to be blown up anyway, why in the world did they overspend and buy American Eagle backpacks in a recession?

MobileVideoEngineer on April 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Step by step

D-fusit on April 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

This could be nothing, but as the live video notes, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s cell phone could now be in police possession — and they will be searching it rapidly for any associates.

Is it an Obamaphone? Did they use Obamaphones for the bomb triggers?

Dusty on April 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

gwelf on April 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

A large percentage of illegals entered legally but overstayed their visas.

Charlemagne on April 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Just think… decent sized bombs… water intakes… a bit of a floatation device…

One or two water gates damaged to the holding reservoir means reduced power output going to power the northeastern grid of the US.

It is a piece of vulnerable infrastructure that can’t be hardened to any great extent without re-engineering the Niagara River.

Perhaps the marathon bombing was just a distraction…

ajacksonian on April 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Any word from Salon?

MoreLiberty on April 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

How’s this?

https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/325239276705030146

David Sirota
‏@davidsirota

My Twitter time line proves my original point: b/c suspects are (allegedly) Muslim, there’ll be a much more severe – and bigoted – backlash

mudskipper on April 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

“Mr. Carney, how is the President taking the news that the suspects are Muslim immigrants not Tea Partiers or NRA gun nuts?”

kd6rxl on April 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Well, we had to buy two more cartons of Marlboros and a feces-load of choom.

The Rogue Tomato on April 19, 2013 at 10:07 AM

That’s irrelevant. We need immigration reform that ensures we know who’s already here and who we’re allowing into the country. Not a bill that just legalizes 20 million people and allows all of their family members to come here while never securing the border.

Doughboy on April 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I agree but I’m not sure what the relevance of linking immigration reform to these guys is at this point. It may prove a point but do we have enough information to make it yet?

I’ve heard that 40% of illegal immigrants in our country are here on expired visa’s. It’s a problem.

Do you actually know the immigration status of these guys? IF they are legal residents then this may point to other problems in our immigration system but I don’t think we should be jumping to conclusions about how these guys relate to our immigration policy before we know a lot more about them.

gwelf on April 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

A large percentage of illegals entered legally but overstayed their visas.

[Charlemagne on April 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM]

They were, last I read, Chechen refugees from Kazakhstan. If so, the odds are they got a pass to come here as a result of the Kazakhstan diplomatic warm-up in connection with the war in Afghanistan. IOW, we took them off the Kazaks hands.

Dusty on April 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

“Meanwhile, PD want Connecticut residents to be on the lookout for 316-ES9, a gray Honda CRV, which may be connected to the case and headed their way.”

Lets hope these are the only young adults on the planet who don’t use twitter.

Zaggs on April 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

@TheDCVince: Anonymous claims to find bomber’s real Twitter account, where he advocated gun control in America http://t.co/BVC5hQqbNf

mrscullen on April 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Wow.

roy_batty on April 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM

A large percentage of illegals entered legally but overstayed their visas.

Charlemagne on April 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Yeah – I’ve heard 40%. It’s a problem that needs to be fixed (and supposedly the Gang of 8 deal solves this problem).

Did these guys overstay their visas?

gwelf on April 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Waiting for news people…”They are from the Caucasus region, as in Caucasians…”

albill on April 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM

David Sirota
‏@davidsirota

My Twitter time line proves my original point: b/c suspects are (allegedly) Muslim, there’ll be a much more severe – and bigoted – backlash

mudskipper on April 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

The 9/11/01 atrocities.
The Fort Hood shooting.
The shoe bomber.
The underwear bomber.
The recruting station murder.
The attempted Times Square bomber.

and now, the Boston Marathon bombing.

What do all of these terrorist events (and several others) have in common? That’s right, the religion of peace.

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

If there is some connection between the Tsarnaev brothers and the occupants of the pulled-over car in Niagara Falls, then the Tsarnaev brothers must have had at least one other accomplice. It’s also possible that the NY state police might have mistaken Chechnyans for Russians, if the two men were speaking Russian.

They may have had two other accomplices, since it’s unsure whether the younger surviving Tsarnaev (who was in a gunfight in the Boston area at 1 AM) could have escaped and driven all the way to Niagara Falls (about a 7-hour drive) by 9:30 AM or so. If the younger Tsarnaev tried to drive from Cambridge to Niagara Falls, he would have had to stop for gasoline somewhere along the way, and with his picture all over the media, he would risk being identified and stopped.

Steve Z on April 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM

What do all of these terrorist events (and several others) have in common? That’s right, the religion of peace.

Yes, but just look at what the tea party has done. One politcian possibly got hit with spittle in an argument and one thought he may have heard the n-word in a crowd. SO, terrorism can come from anywhere. Obviously.

MechanicalBill on April 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM

The car is a white American Motors Pacer….

PatriotRider on April 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

If that’s true, the Left will blame this on Romney, whose father ran American Motors!

Steve Z on April 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Paging Marco Rubio…..NO AMNESTY>>LOCK DOWN THE BORDERS
crosshugger on April 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Can we at least not let in any more Muslims?

happytobehere on April 19, 2013 at 10:18 AM

U/D NYSP advising the Honda CRV with the MA Plate #36ES9 has been found in Boston by Police.

(from a Twitter post)

verbaluce on April 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM

David Sirota
‏@davidsirota
My Twitter time line proves my original point: b/c suspects are (allegedly) Muslim, there’ll be a much more severe – and bigoted – backlash

I sincerely hope so. We need an actual backlash against these freaks.

happytobehere on April 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM

It’s also possible that the NY state police might have mistaken Chechnyans for Russians, if the two men were speaking Russian.

Steve Z on April 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Chechnya is not an independent country…it’s a state of Russia. So if they the Police were told that Chechnya, they would be correct in identifying them as Russian. In reverse, if I was pulled over while in Russia and told the Russian cops that I was a Texan, they would be correct to say I was American.

Deafdog on April 19, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Yes, but just look at what the tea party has done. One politcian possibly got hit with spittle in an argument and one thought he may have heard the n-word in a crowd. SO, terrorism can come from anywhere. Obviously.

MechanicalBill on April 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM

And one possibly was spoken to in an intemperate tone of voice too. Nevertheless, we must bravely stamp out terrorism in all its forms.

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM

The car is a white American Motors Pacer….

PatriotRider on April 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

They carjacked Wayne?!?

GWB on April 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM

David Sirota
‏@davidsirota

My Twitter time line proves my original point: b/c suspects are (allegedly) Muslim, there’ll be a much more severe – and bigoted – backlash

If the suspect identifies himself as Muslim, is he still “allegedly” Muslim?

cptacek on April 19, 2013 at 11:07 AM