Boston Police Dept twitter tweet, Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case, Friends of Tsarnaev brothers, 2 Foreign students and 1 American citizen
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*** Update below ***
From the Boston Police Department Twitter account.
Boston Police Dept. @Boston_Police 59m
Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow.
It is believed that they were friends of the Tsarnaev brothers.
Two are foreign students and the other an American citizen.
*** Update 2:25 ET ***
“Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were charged Wednesday with removing items from his dorm room and lying about it to the feds.
They have been charged with conspiring to obstruct justice and making false statements, federal authorities said. A hearing was scheduled for sometime after 3 p.m. in Boston.
Two of them, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, were detained April 20 on immigration charges, sources said. A third person, Robel Philipos, was later taken into custody, sources said.
Sources said the men recognized Dzhokhar, 19, from video of the bombing scene released by the FBI and went to his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where they were let in by his roommate.
The trio spotted a backpack containing fireworks that had been emptied of their explosive powder and decided to take it, sources said. They also took a laptop because they didn’t want to arouse the roommate’s suspicions about the backpack, the sources said.”