The Boston Marathon bombing suspect was captured wounded but alive Friday night after police found him in a boat in a suburban backyard following a bloody rampage and a daylong manhunt, law enforcement sources said.
The arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, ended five days of terror from the double bombing at the marathon finish line, which killed three people, wounded 176 and left the city of Boston on edge.
“We got him,” Boston Mayor Tom Menino tweeted.
“CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won,” the Boston Police Department said on its Twitter account.
Cops cheered as the suspect was taken into custody in Watertown, Mass. just before 9 p.m., and residents flooded the streets, some chanting, “USA!”
Police cornered Tsarnaev — a naturalized U.S. citizen of Chechen origin — around 7 p.m., less than an hour after police lifted a lockdown for the city and its suburbs.
Officials said a woman in the area reported seeing blood leading to a boat in her yard, and thermal imaging from helicopters had located someone in the vessel.
An initial barrage of gunfire was heard; after night fell, more rounds of shots rang out. The police threw flash-bang grenades designed to disorient and brought a negotiator to the scene.
Just before 9 p.m., Tsarnaev was taken into custody and police said he had been wounded. “He sustained significant blood loss,” a law enforcement official at the scene said.
As an ambulance took the suspect to the hospital, people lining the streets applauded in joy and relief.
Tsarnaev’s apprehension capped a manhunt that had the city of Boston and its suburbs on total lockdown — following a rampage that included the slaying of a campus security officer, a carjacking and the death of Tsarnaev’s 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, in a firefight with cops.
The overnight violence had triggered an extraordinary shutdown of transportation, schools and businesses in Boston and its surrounding suburbs, with police warning more than a million people to hunker down behind locked doors while SWAT teams fanned out.
The brothers’ bloody last stand began about five hours after the FBI released surveillance photos of two “extremely dangerous” men suspected of planting two bombs near the finish line of Monday’s Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding 176.
We are glad he finally got caught. But we can’t figure out how dude made it out alive! WTH! Good job Boston!!!