Video: New arrest in Boston Marathon bombing of Tsarnaev friend

posted at 12:41 pm on May 30, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The suggestion that more went on in the Boston Marathon bombing plot than just two brothers and their own grievances will gain traction with this new arrest by federal investigators. In a pre-dawn raid more than 13 months after the attack, FBI agents and local police arrested Kyrgyzstan native Khairullozhon Matanov in Quincy for obstruction of justice, including lying to investigators and destroying evidence:

Matanov destroyed, altered and falsified records in a federal investigation, and made false statements in a federal investigation, the U.S. attorney’s office said. A legal resident of the U.S. originally from Kyrgyzstan, Matanov is not accused of participating in the bombings or knowing about them in advance. …

Matanov knew Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and in the days after the April 2013 bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260, Matanov realized the FBI would want to talk with him because he shared their “philosophical justification for violence,” federal prosecutors said.

He talked to the brothers on numerous occasions after the bombings, and even took them out to dinner the day of the explosions, they said.

“In the days following the bombings, Matanov continued to express support for the bombings, although later that week he said that maybe the bombings were wrong,” the indictment said.

He tried to contact the brothers after he saw media reports identifying them as the suspects, prosecutors said.

He’s not accused of knowing about the attack in advance, but that could change. The indictment states that Matanov wasn’t just interested in the Tsarnaevs’ jihad after the fact, NPR reports:

After entering the U.S., he met and befriended Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed during an altercation with police four days after the bombing. Matanov also knew Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was captured following a massive manhunt and is currently awaiting trial.

“Matanov participated in a variety of activities, including discussing religious topics and hiking up a New Hampshire mountain in order to train, like and praise the ‘mujahideen,’” warriors who defend Islam, the indictment states.

Matanov tried to call both brothers in the hours and days following the Boston bombing on April 14, 2013, and saw Tamerlan in person at least twice, prosecutors say.

That combined with the attempted destruction of evidence makes suspicion of prior knowledge look at least reasonable. Last week, the Department of Justice argued in a motion defending their interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that they had reason to believe that the pair had some sort of tradecraft assistance. They may only have evidence of after-the-fact obstruction now, but they’ll still be looking into more possibilities.

Early on, it didn’t appear clear what the arrest meant:

There may be more to the Tsarnaev story than just disaffected youth. Stay tuned.


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A new cover photo for Rolling Stones…

Electrongod on May 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Dude, wasn’t that bombing like two years ago?

Harbingeing on May 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM

“Alluha Akbar” is just Arabic for “No Islam to see here.”

BKennedy on May 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Video: New arrest in Boston Marathon bombing of Tsarnaev friend

He bombed his friend too?
He was a busy boy.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Dude, wasn’t that bombing like two years ago?

Harbingeing on May 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM

And…

“What difference, at this point, does it make?”

climbnjump on May 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Dude, wasn’t that bombing like two years ago?

Harbingeing on May 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Um… no.

In a pre-dawn raid more than 13 months after the attack…..

But in the age of Obama, actual facts don’t really matter.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I’m sure Rolling Stone will be in contact with the Lad any minute. They have a new poster boy for their hatred of America campaign.

Meople on May 30, 2014 at 12:54 PM

At least he hasn’t met the same fate as this guy.

Hill60 on May 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

“Matanov is a citizen of Kyrzakhstan…”

Friend of Lurch?

Christien on May 30, 2014 at 12:59 PM

If they bombed their friends, it’s no wonder they didn’t have any.

Ward Cleaver on May 30, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Did he slit any throats like the two dead jihadis? As much as the left likes to portray these people as fluffy kittens, you sure wouldn’t want to cross paths with them. I want to see he wife perp walked with out the burlap bag.

Blake on May 30, 2014 at 1:01 PM

At least he hasn’t met the same fate as this guy.

Hill60 on May 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

You beat me to it!

I was also going to point out how this little incident has disappeared down the memory hole. Loose ends, getting tidied up…

bofh on May 30, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Following dinner, prosecutors said, Matanov told an unnamed witness that he could support the bombings if they had a “just reason” — for example, having been done in the name of Islam.

“In the days following the bombings, Matanov continued to express support for the bombings, although later that week he said that maybe the bombings were wrong,” the indictment said.

Eh, sounds like the comments sections of most left wing papers.

JeremiahJohnson on May 30, 2014 at 1:03 PM

At least he hasn’t met the same fate as this guy.
Hill60 on May 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Or these guys.

Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Eh, sounds like the comments sections of most left wing papers.

JeremiahJohnson on May 30, 2014 at 1:03 PM

liar.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Please explain one thing to me: is the guy being indicted for morally supporting the bombing, or for aiding an abetting the crime? I know he’s not gonna get much love here at Hot Air, but it’s an awfully short road from this indictment to those for “Tea Party support”.

Rix on May 30, 2014 at 1:08 PM

“I did it out of love” – another “Dreamer”

oceansidecon on May 30, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Please explain one thing to me: is the guy being indicted for morally supporting the bombing, or for aiding an abetting the crime? I know he’s not gonna get much love here at Hot Air, but it’s an awfully short road from this indictment to those for “Tea Party support”.

Rix on May 30, 2014 at 1:08 PM

They’re claiming he destroyed/altered evidence and lied to the Feds. Make of that what you will.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 1:12 PM

At least he hasn’t met the same fate as this guy.

Hill60 on May 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

How come all the Chechen immigrants favor Mercedes ??

A mall security officer arrived on scene to find the son unconscious and lying in a pool of blood on the ground just as Todashev was pulling away in a white Mercedes.

The officer chased down the Mercedes, ordered Todashev out at gunpoint and arrested him.

fred5678 on May 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM

“Video: New arrest in Boston Marathon bombing of Tsarnaev friend”

c’m on Ed. Did someone bomb Tsarnaev’s friend?

How about “New arrest in the Boston bombing. A friend of Tsarnaev.”

or shorter: TYsarnaev’s friend arrested in Boston bombing.”

I know that Hot Air doesn’t have layers of editors, but maybe you could find an edjukated lede writer?

Old Country Boy on May 30, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Is Matanov dreamy too?

- The Rolling Stone

Occams Stubble on May 30, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Is Matanov dreamy too?

- The Rolling Stone

Occams Stubble on May 30, 2014 at 1:18 PM

They held an executive meeting on that very question as soon as this broke, guaranteed. How do we blame America for this too?

Meople on May 30, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I expect the “George Costanza defense”:

Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? If I knew that that sort of thing was frowned upon…

socalcon on May 30, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I live across the guy. Who knew?

DominusNovus on May 30, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Dude, wasn’t that bombing like two years ago?

Harbingeing on May 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM

“Doing right ain’t got no end.”-Captain “Red Leg” Terrell

obstruction of justice, including lying to investigators and destroying evidence:

You could say that about most of the elected officials and bureaucrats here in the U.S. over the last 150 years.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 30, 2014 at 1:38 PM

And when is he going to be deported back to his homeland?

leader4hru on May 30, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Video: New arrest in Boston Marathon bombing of Tsarnaev friend

Friend and fellow muslim terrorist.

reddevil on May 30, 2014 at 1:42 PM

They’re claiming he destroyed/altered evidence and lied to the Feds. Make of that what you will.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Lying to feds, unless under oath, shouldn’t be a crime; if it is, I would not support such charge. Destroying evidence is, but it’s a fairly flimsy one. I don’t mind a Muzzie militant activist rotting in jail, but I do mind people like me following him there on equally shaky charges.

Rix on May 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM

And when is he going to be deported back to his homeland?

leader4hru on May 30, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Wonder if Todashev thought the same thing when the FBI came to “visit” him?

At any rate, the whole thing smells:

Now officials claim Boston bombing suspect was NOT armed in boat showdown – despite police account of firefight and him ‘shooting himself’

Two unnamed U.S. officials have told the Associated Press that the surviving suspect in the Boston bombings was unarmed when police captured him hiding inside a boat in a neighborhood back yard.

The report contradicts the Boston police department’s own account of Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s capture on Friday – after commissioner Ed Davies described a firefight between him and officers before the terror suspect was captured.

Wonder if the “two unnamed U.S. officials” were these guys?

FBI: Agents fell to deaths training off Va. coast

But of course, neither the government nor the mainstream media have said these two had anything to do with the Boston manhunt, and we all know that if they don’t confirm something then it simply can’t be true.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

And when is he going to be deported back to his homeland?

leader4hru on May 30, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Good luck with that. These types will fight tooth and nail to keep living off our welfare. Hell, even when they are dead, they expect us to pay for it. Remember, neither his family or his creepy wife would pay for the dead gorillas burial.

Blake on May 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

“In the days following the bombings, Matanov continued to express support for the bombings, although later that week he said that maybe the bombings were wrong,” the indictment said.

How in hell do you support dropping a bomb at the feet of an eight year old kid?

rbj on May 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Charge the little dirtball as an accessory in the Sean Collier murder.

One32ndHekawi on May 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Islam is a barbaric, violent ideology.

bluegill on May 30, 2014 at 2:43 PM

After entering the U.S., he met and befriended Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed during an altercation with police four days after the bombing.

An “altercation”? It was a full-fledged gunfight.

FeedTheHogs on May 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Remember, neither his family or his creepy wife would pay for the dead gorillas burial.

Blake on May 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Clean up, Aisle B.

Christien on May 30, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Lone wolf. No terror plot. Disgruntled Americans that society let down. What else did Obama and the media say about his?

Jack_Burton on May 30, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Is this story still alive just because they are white Muslims?

BL@KBIRD on May 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed during an altercation with police four days after the bombing

An “altercation”? Just a little scuffle, right? The police must of acted stupidly.

mockmook on May 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM

I live across the guy. Who knew?

DominusNovus on May 30, 2014 at 1:32 PM

What do you mean?

virgo on May 30, 2014 at 11:52 PM