Infrared Cameras Caught Bomb Suspect Hiding In Boat, Moments Before Capture


infrared-cameras-boston-suspectHe could run, but he couldn’t hide.

Massachusetts state police today released infrared images they used to spot Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he hid under a boat cover during yesterday’s massive manhunt in Watertown.

The cameras used by the Air Wing allowed cops to keep their eyes on Tsarnaev at all times as they closed in on the 19-year-old, accused in the deadly bomb attack in Boston that killed three and wounded more than 180 others just days earlier.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lies in the boat before his arrest.

Tsarnaev, 19, was reported to be in no condition to be interrogated the morning after he was pulled, wounded and bloody, from a tarp-covered boat in a Watertown backyard. The capture came at the end of a tense day that began with his older brother, Tamerlan, dying in a desperate getaway attempt.

The all-day manhunt Friday brought the Boston area to a near standstill and put people on edge across the metropolitan area.

The break came around nightfall when a homeowner in Watertown saw blood on his boat, pulled back the tarp and saw a bloody Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding inside, police said. After an exchange of gunfire, he was seized and taken away in an ambulance.

The pair of bomb blasts near the marathon’s finish line killed an 8-year-old boy, Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Lu Lingzi, 23. More than 180 people were injured, including some who lost legs in the attack.

Tsarnaev allagedly carried out the bomb attacks with his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed by police during a desperate getaway attempt earlier that day.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not yet been charged.

The Obama administration has indicated it intends to move quickly to build a criminal case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But investigators plan to first question him without informing him of his legal rights to remain silent and have an attorney present.

Several Republican lawmakers on Saturday criticized the administration’s approach because they said it would afford Tsarnaev more rights than he deserves. The federal public defender for Massachusetts called for the quick appointment of a lawyer to represent Tsarnaev because of serious issues involving his interrogation in the absence of a lawyer.

This photo taken by the Air Wing shows a police vehicle using a boom to inspect the boat in which Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hid.


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