Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Three More Suspects Arrested In Boston Bombing. TERRORISTA #1 License Plate. Suspect Texted "LOL" After Bombing.




— May. 1 3:02 PM EDT

Boston Marathon Explosions

FILE - In this April 15, 2013 file photo, medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following a bomb explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. In addition to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died after a gunfight with police, and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was captured and lies in a hospital prison, three more suspects in the bombings were taken into custody, Boston police said Wednesday, May 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were arrested and accused Wednesday of removing a backpack containing fireworks emptied of gunpowder from Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the attack to try to keep him from getting into trouble.
Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice. A third man, Robel Phillipos, was charged with lying to investigators about the visit to Tsarnaev's room.
In court papers, the FBI said Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev agreed to throw the backpack in the garbage — it was later found in a landfill by law enforcement officers — after concluding from news reports that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was one of the bombers.
A court appearance for the three was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Their lawyers refused to comment ahead of the hearing.
Three people were killed and more than 260 injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the finish line. The suspect's brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died after a gunfight with police days later. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, was captured and lies in a prison hospital.
Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev, who are from Kazakhstan, have been held in jail for more than a week on allegations that they violated their student visas while attending UMass. All three men charged Wednesday began attending UMass with Tsarnaev at the same time in 2011, the according to the FBI.
The three were not accused of any direct involvement in the bombing itself. But in a footnote in the court papers outlining the charges, the FBI said that about a month before the bombing, Tsarnaev told Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev that he knew how to make a bomb.


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Boston Marathon Suspect Texted 'lol' to Friends After Bombing


Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev texted "lol," "you better not text me" and other messages to one of three friends who were arrested Wednesday for interfering with the investigation of the attack, according to the police complaint against them.
The newly arrested suspects were identified in complaints [PDF] as Dias Kadyrbayev, Azamat Tazhayakov and Robel Phillipos.
Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are being charged with throwing away Tsarnaev's laptop and his backpack, which contained fireworks, and with obstructing a police investigation. Phillipos is being charged with making false statements to federal investigators.
Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov studied alongside Tsarnaev at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and told investigators they were "friends" with the bombing suspect. Hailing from Kazakhstan, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are in the United States on student visas and have been held in jail for more than a week on immigration violations.
According to the complaint, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov first saw Tsarnaev in person after the attack two days after the bombings. When the Federal Bureau of Investigation released images of Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev a day later, Kadyrbayev told Tsarnaev via text message that he looked like one of the suspects. Tsarneav replied "lol" and warned Kadyrbayev not to text him.
Kadyrbayev told investigators that he saw Tsarnaev again the third night after the bombing. After Kadyrbayev spotted fireworks in Tsarnaev's bag, he concluded Tsarnaev was involved in the bombing. Kadyrbayev then decided to dispose of Tsarnaev's backpack and laptop in a dumpster near his apartment to "help his friend Tsarnaev avoid trouble," per the police report.

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