Breaking: Boston PD: 3 more arrested in Boston Marathon bombing; Update: Harboring? Update: “College students”; Update: Dumped fireworks-filled backpacks

posted at 11:13 am on May 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Nothing more than a tweet from the Boston Police Department;s official account, but that’s spreading like wildfire on Twitter — for understandable reasons:

This makes it seem as though Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev weren’t self-radicalized lone wolves after all.  We’ll update as more information becomes available.

Update: It’s no hack on the Twitter account, either.

We’ll see what the BPD has to say next….

Update: CBS Boston has this report, which doesn’t go much farther than the tweet:

Boston police say three additional suspects have been taken into custody in Boston Marathon bombings investigation.

Their names have not been released.  Police said more details will be released later today.

Earlier today, lawyers for two men friendly with suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said their clients have been extensively interviewed by federal investigators.

Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both originally from Kazakhstan, appeared via video for a visa violation hearing in immigration court in Boston on Wednesday.

It may not be these two who got arrested, either.

Update: John Miller at CBS says the arrests are for harboring or aiding the Tsarnaevs after the attack:

That could be the two men and the woman in New Bedford who were initially detained, and who were mentioned in the last update.

Update: According to Boston.com, they are “college students”:

Three college students have been arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, a Boston police source said this morning.

The Boston police official Twitter account said that three additional “suspects” had been taken into custody.

The source said the three had been arrested by federal authorities.

That would also describe the New Bedford trio, at least two of whom were arrested by federal authorities on immigration violations.

Update: This makes it sound like three other students:

Update: The update from CBS Boston names the two arrested in New Beford the day after Dzhokhar’s capture, however:

According to CBS News, the arrested are three friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Two will be charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and making false statement. They are not U.S. citizens.

According to WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson, their names are Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev.  Both are originally from Kazakhstan and attened the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The third suspect, according to CBS News, is an American citizen and he will be charged with making false statements.

How stupid do you have to be to obstruct an investigation of a terrorist bombing?  Either you have to be monumentally stupid — or involved in the plot.

Update: The Boston PD wants everyone to know that there is no danger to the public:

CNN is also confirming that two of the three are the students from New Bedford:

A Department of Homeland security source with first-hand knowledge of the investigation, said two of them are students from New Bedford, Massachusetts. They have been arrested on charges of making false statements to investigators and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

A third student had been arrested who is a U.S. citizen, the source said.

We’ll see what their obstruction was when charges are unsealed.  According to CBS, the charges are all related to post-bombing activities, but it’s difficult to imagine that anyone would sign up for the plot after the killing took place and it became clear that the FBI and Boston PD were rapidly narrowing the search based on what took place at the marathon.

Update: More from NBC:

Sources told NBC News the three are college roommates of accused bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev and are suspected of removing items from his dorm at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

There was no indication they had any prior knowledge of the bombing. Sources said the FBI had been investigating them for about 10 days.

It’s possible that they were stupid enough to sign up for the plot after it took place.  It doesn’t seem terribly likely, though — but prosecutors can only charge what they can prove, too.

Update: Boston’s CBS affiliate has this video update:

There are some good caveats Orr offers, but again, why would anyone lie to the FBI and police days after this bombing on behalf of the Tsarnaevs, unless they had a personal interest in the plot? They could really be that stupid — it’s certainly possible — but it stretches credulity, and I imagine the FBI and Boston PD are thinking the same thing.

Update: The CBS Boston story has been updated to note that the charges will be federal, not state.

Update: According to the Washington Post, the three dumped material at the landfill after the bombings, after Dzhokhar asked them to help him out:

The three were identified as friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who has been charged with carrying out the bombings along with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. The younger brother was a student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, the same school attended by the students at various points in recent months, according to authorities.

Two federal law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing inquiry, said the three disposed of material at a Boston area landfill at the request of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev following the bombings.

The Boston Police said Wednesday that they had arrested three suspects in connection with the bombing but did not identify them or provide further details.

Last week, federal investigators searched a landfill at New Bedford, Mass., after a tip that evidence had been left there.

I wonder if the FBI ever found what they were searching for in that landfill. They have said nothing about it since the search.

Update: What exactly did they dump? According to CNN, they just helped Dzhokhar get rid of … fireworks-filled backpacks:

– A federal law enforcement official told CNN on Wednesday that the charges against two of the individuals taken into custody involve allegedly lying to officials, because when first questioned by the FBI they lied about not seeing the suspects and not knowing their whereabouts after the attack.

– The federal law enforcement source said the charge of conspiring to obstruct justice relates to their moving things from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room and throwing them into a dumpster. The source said the objects disposed of included fireworks inside backpacks. The trash bin subsequently was taken to a nearby landfill. Authorities carried out a two-day search of the landfill in New Bedford late last week.

All right, bear with me here. Let’s say your college roommate asked you to take backpacks filled with fireworks to the dumpster just a day or two after terrorists bombed the city. You might not be bright enough to put two and two together just on that account. But when the FBI shows up afterward, why not just tell them, “Hey, Joe told me to dump some backpacks that had fireworks in them, and I’ll show you where I took them”? Lying at that point is either a demonstration of incurable stupidity or some form of collusion.


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I hope they aren’t Saudi’s or Oblahblah will have some splaining to do.

trs on May 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

There were only five lone-wolf self-radicalized knock-off home-grown jihadis!

farsighted on May 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

More “White Chechens”?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Lone wolf pack?

Lily on May 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

So much for a lone wolf who had his brain stolen by some stranger after getting hit in the head too many times while boxing.

CurtZHP on May 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Maybe coincides with finding female DNA on the bomb….

Psycotte on May 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Are we still hoping they’re all white guys? /s

Drained Brain on May 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Tea Partiers, for sure.

Dingbat63 on May 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

I knew the Tea Party was involved!

mdenis39 on May 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Putin’s just loving that he can send these tips along to us !

Jabberwock on May 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Lone Wolf!

gwelf on May 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Lord, I hate it when I’m right.

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

More “White Chechens”?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I believe the style book says to refer to them as “Caucasians.”

CurtZHP on May 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

I’m sure many progs are hoping for an Amish connection here!

aryeung on May 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM

My first guess is that it’s family.
They’re not being forthcoming enough and pressure is being ramped up.
But we’ll see…

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

No American media outlets will cover this until it has been verified…

d1carter on May 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I want them all to hang.

Sherman1864 on May 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

From the beginning of the investigation of the New Boston Massacre, I’ve had a feeling that whoever planted the bombs that killed, maimed, and injured so many American citizens, did not act alone.

Just the way it all went down, screamed “sleeper cell” to me,

I hate it when I’m right.

4/22/13

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

If I had three more sons, they’d look like these guys.

Sincerely,
President Revenge

22044 on May 1, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Delist the wolves.

antipc on May 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

There were only five ten lone-wolf self-radicalized knock-off home-grown jihadis!

farsighted on May 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Edited to reflect near-future reality (that is, if law enforcement continues down the rabbit hole and not follow Team Clinton’s 1993 protocol).

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Aunt Zeituni.

Uncle Onyango Obama.

And the third?

coldwarrior on May 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

So this is what had Dear Leader so distracted yesterday in his daily propaganda presser..?

d1carter on May 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Need a new squirrel stat…
-lsm

cmsinaz on May 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

I’m shocked. SHOCKED I tell you.

portlandon on May 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

So wolves do run in packs…

d1carter on May 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

CNN “independently” confirms, you say? I’d wait a bit longer before running with that.

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

d1carter on May 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Probably.

cmsinaz on May 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

The WH will have an NFL Player come out this afternoon.

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

coldwarrior on May 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Now, now! But I did laugh.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Lord, I hate it when I’m right.

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

We all do, KJ, we all do……:)

SailorMark on May 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Can we water board them already?

kirkill on May 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Brian Ross & David Sirota furiously searching Google to find the tea partiers involved.

22044 on May 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

SailorMark on May 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Trust me…it doesn’t happen often. I’m married. :)

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

So are we up to 7?

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Read them their Miranda rights!!!! /Eric F&F Holder

trs on May 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Obviously these are fanatical fringe white biblethumpin’ christian accomplices…

workingclass artist on May 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

My predictions:

1. They are immigrants
2. They are Muslim
3. They have documentation issues(visa overstay maybe)

Of course this will have nothing to do with immigration reform.

Wigglesworth on May 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Do you ever stop to think about all we don’t know about Sandy Hook? And that case isn’t evolving. It is not good when the public is informed by a Fourth Estate with an established narrative. I am in constant cynic mode.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

…and just when things were going so swimmingly on immigration.

roy_batty on May 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Obama needs another super-storm or oil spill..
Something….

Electrongod on May 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

“Let’s not rush to judgement..” /

HiJack on May 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

My predictions:

1. They are immigrants
2. They are Muslim
3. They have documentation issues(visa overstay maybe)

Of course this will have nothing to do with immigration reform.

Wigglesworth on May 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

My prediction..
They all receive welfare.

Electrongod on May 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I’m sure that, by now, Holder’s former law firm has been notified, and they are flying in to defend them.

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Brian Ross & David Sirota furiously searching Google to find the tea partiers involved.

22044 on May 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Let me guess –
you’ll be here all night.

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM

jes spitballin’ here…

People at the FBI and/or State Department probably knew they dropped the ball the second the bombs went off.

Did the police benefit from the good luck of the cell phone connection or from information provided belatedly by the FBI/SD?

If they did then it confirms they FBI/SD dropped the ball badly. If they didn’t it may confirm another attempt at cover up doesn’t it?

DanMan on May 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Well maybe now those sorry Republicans will pass a carbon tax!…
Sorry, I spparently just had a Paulkrugman. Still can’t feel the right side of my body.

onomo on May 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Nonpartisan hasn’t been here yet and Joy Behar never showed up for the “The View” today….pretty damn curious if you ask me.

Bishop on May 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Breaking: Boston PD: 3 more arrested in Boston Marathon bombing; Update: Harboring?

Lone wolf not quite such a lone wolf?

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

The WH will have an NFL Player come out this afternoon.

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

The NFL already has 2 players that are openly gay.

Player Position Team

Gay, Randall DB New Orleans Saints
Gay, William DB Pittsburgh Steelers

VegasRick on May 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Ship em to Gitmo and waterbaord them to find out what they know!

paulsur on May 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Obama needs another super-storm or oil spill..
Something….

Electrongod on May 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Haven’t you heard? There’s this war thingy going on in Syria, ya know. And Iraq is starting to explode again. Nice waste of American blood and resources there. Thank you, Congress!

HiJack on May 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

There were only five lone-wolf self-radicalized knock-off home-grown jihadis!

farsighted on May 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

+1000

unclesmrgol on May 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

New Bedford pals.

And seems it not (yet) that they were in on it/aware…but after offered assistance of some sort.

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Do not read any kind of pattern into this or attempt to guess the perpetrators motivations. It will undoubtedly be a mystery.

Unless one of them ever supported a Republican. For anything.

Chris of Rights on May 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

The Saudis warned Obama in writing but Obama went looking for golf balls instead.

SparkPlug on May 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I’m sure that, by now, Holder’s former law firm has been notified, and they are flying in to defend them.

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Or at the least to read them their rights…

Drained Brain on May 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Just some more bitter clingers upset over tax day. Nothing to see…move along.

Oh, this is a sure sign of more community outreach being needed as Oblameless mentioned yesterday.

Rockshine on May 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Brian Ross & David Sirota furiously searching Google to find the tea partiers involved.

22044 on May 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

On the spot.

PS

You know you’re hitting a nerve when verbaluce tries to be dismissive of your humor. The truth hurts.

hawkdriver on May 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

No lone wolf.

A pack of hyenas.

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Let me guess –
you’ll be here all night.

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Maybe not 22044, but Sirota, for sure.

Jabberwock on May 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

My predictions:

Janet Napolitano has/had no knowledge of them.

Our Fearless Leader continues to be unaware.

Lily on May 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

VegasRick on May 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

LOL! Tip your waiters.

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

“Taken into custody” would subsume the immigration violations or questioning.
Jahar’s twitter stream had showed some dodgy communications with friends overly interested in “fireworks” and jokes about it being bad for one to be smoking at the Boston Marathon.

I think it is these twitterers in custody.

SarahW on May 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

i’ll lay down a hundred bucks that syas they have at least 6 obamaphones and about $1200.00 in food stamps at the time of their arrest.

renalin on May 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

The WH will have an NFL Player come out this afternoon.

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

hilarious, for some reason Lloyd Bridges in Airplane comes to mind

“This looks bad! Somebody get me a gay astronaut!”

DanMan on May 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Shocker: Pakistani students!

Rockshine on May 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

According to Boston.com, they are “college students”:

I hope they’re rich white liberals.

Liam on May 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Kazakhstan? Perhaps this is just a Sasha Baron Cohen gag and they are filming Borat II.

hungrymongo on May 1, 2013 at 11:36 AM

On the spot.

PS

You know you’re hitting a nerve when verbaluce tries to be dismissive of your humor. The truth hurts.

hawkdriver on May 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Maybe not 22044, but Sirota, for sure.

Jabberwock on May 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Indeed! :)

22044 on May 1, 2013 at 11:36 AM

John Miller reports three suspects arrested for harboring or aiding the Tsarnaev brothers after the bombing; federal charges expected

Um, if your friend crashes at your place overnight, you aren’t going to be arrested for harboring if you have no idea about his bank robbery.

rbj on May 1, 2013 at 11:37 AM

The 3 arrested are Edith Olson, Mildred Smith, and Helga Ingebruttsen; they were caught in the small appliance aisle at Walmart attempting to buy some crock pots and a waffle iron.

“They claimed it was for a church supper, but they aren’t fooling us” said DHS special agent Phil McCrakin, “We’re professionals and are trained for this sort of thing”.

Bishop on May 1, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Warn the bars. There will be a lot of Libs having a liquid lunch once this hits.

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Attacking Syria is looking better by the minute.

trigon on May 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

The Saudis warned Obama in writing but Obama went looking for golf balls instead.

SparkPlug on May 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Remember when the left said that Bush dropped the ball on 9/11 because of memos that basically said “Somewhere, someday, in some land, a terrorist will do something bad”? Well Obama’s admin got very specific messages sayign “This is exact person needs to be watched very carefully” and nothing but crickets from teh left.

DethMetalCookieMonst on May 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

This makes it seem as though Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev weren’t self-radicalized lone wolves after all.
– Ed

But just a few mins later…it doesn’t make it seem that.

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

You know you’re hitting a nerve when verbaluce tries to be dismissive of your humor. The truth hurts.

hawkdriver on May 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Alinsky would be proud.

VegasRick on May 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Bishop on May 1, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Dadgum it, Bish! I told you to warn me before you did that. Diet Coke all over th office monitor again. Now, where’s the Windex? LOL!

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Lone wolves?

Acting in unison?

Lone wolves acting in unison?

hawkdriver on May 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

I hope they aren’t Saudi’s or Oblahblah will have some splaining to do.

trs on May 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

.
Like (expletive) he will. They’ll be clandestinely whisked out of the country.

What Saudis ?”

President youknowwho

listens2glenn on May 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

According to Boston.com, they are “college students”:

I hope they’re rich white liberals.

Liam on May 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

It’s a safe bet who they voted for.

Bill Ayers smiles.

CurtZHP on May 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

The NFL already has 2 players that are openly gay.

Player Position Team

Gay, Randall DB New Orleans Saints
Gay, William DB Pittsburgh Steelers

VegasRick on May 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

William Gay is #22

22044 on May 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Lone wolf pack?

Lily on May 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Watch for the media to use either this term or else describe them as “an unorganized group of lone wolves.” After the “White Hispanic” fiasco I think the media will say literally anything.

Doomberg on May 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Either you have to be monumentally stupid — or involved in the plot.

Those two things aren’t mutually exclusive.

Physics Geek on May 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

But just a few mins later…it doesn’t make it seem that.

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Interesting interpretation. Wrong. But interesting.

Chris of Rights on May 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

But just a few mins later…it doesn’t make it seem that.

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

What?

Translator?

hawkdriver on May 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Either you have to be monumentally stupid — or involved in the plot.

Can we call them Muslim Terrorists, now?

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Later, it’ll turn out to be five arrested, they’ll be from Jamaica, and they will have been friends of the older brother.

changer1701 on May 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Warn the bars. There will be a lot of Libs having a liquid lunch once this hits.

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Warn the Drunk Squads – they’ll be hitting the roads after the liquid lunches.

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

You don’t say.

I’m shocked.

gophergirl on May 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

hilarious, for some reason Lloyd Bridges in Airplane comes to mind

“This looks bad! Somebody get me a gay astronaut!”

DanMan on May 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Okay, that one actually did make me LOL….

SailorMark on May 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Warn the bars. There will be a lot of Libs having a liquid lunch once this hits.

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Diane Sawyer started years ago, just for this moment.

Bishop on May 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

“They claimed it was for a church supper, but they aren’t fooling us” said DHS special agent Phil McCrakin, “We’re professionals and are trained for this sort of thing”.

Bishop on May 1, 2013 at 11:37 AM

“All 3 were known to have knitting needles in their homes” DHS agent Ben Dover revealed.

VegasRick on May 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Funny how no matter what the trolls say in threads like this, they always sound like they’re rooting for the bad guys.

CurtZHP on May 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Translator?

hawkdriver on May 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Sorry; my Liberal-to-English translator machine is in the shop.

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM

How stupid do you have to be to obstruct an investigation of a terrorist bombing? Either you have to be monumentally stupid — or involved in the plot.

They were college students, so it’s a coin toss.

Of course, they could be both monumentally stupid and involved in the plot. It has been known to happen.

farsighted on May 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Heh
KJ @11:23

cmsinaz on May 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM

How stupid do you have to be to obstruct an investigation of a terrorist bombing? Either you have to be monumentally stupid — or involved in the plot.

Pretty sure that’s a false dichotomy.

cschande on May 1, 2013 at 11:43 AM

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