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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev chose to write a note confessing his connection to the Boston Marathon bombings explaining why he and his brother Tamerlan made the two pressure cooker bombs as he thought he was dying when he was hiding out in a boat.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, found a pen in the boat but no paper so it was revealed today that he wrote his message on an interior wall of David Henneberry’s boat that he used as shelter in Watertown.
Law enforcement sources told CBS that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote that he “does not mourn” the death of his older brother Tamerlan because he is a martyr living in “paradise” and that he expected to join him there soon.
The note is a critical piece of evidence for police as it reiterates what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said to them in the hospital after his arrest.
Aside from simply confirming his other statements, it could serve as back up for the eventual legal case against him because the reported confession to police came before Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was read his Miranda rights informing him of his right to remain silent.
After they were read, the suspect reportedly stopped talking to police, but now the note will serve as a handwritten confession.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found a pen in the boat but no paper and he wrote his message on an interior wall of David Henneberry’s boat that he used as shelter in Watertown
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote that the bombings were retribution for the various American crimes against Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He equated the three people who were killed in the marathon bombings and the more than 250 others who were injured to “collateral damage” like the thousands of innocent Muslim victims of American wars across the globe.
“When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly wrote.
CBS reporter John Miller pointed out that the note is just the latest piece of evidence that police are using in developing their theory that the Chechen brothers worked alone and were self-radicalized rather than being the “soldiers” for a larger group.
Investigators are still working to determine who else- if anyone- knew about the attack before it happened.
While the note is undoubtedly a boost for the state’s case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is now being held in the medical center of an area prison, it is hardly cut and dry.
Because police fired hundreds of bullets at the boat during their attempt to capture Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the note is riddled with bullet holes.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and the note will certainly be used in the case against him.
Two unnamed US officials have revealed to the Associated Press that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was unarmed when police captured him hiding inside David Henneberry’s boat in Watertown.
The report contradicts the Boston police department’s own account of Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s capture on Friday – after commissioner Edward F. Davis described a firefight between him and officers before the terror suspect was captured.
The New York Times also said an M4 rifle had been found on the boat – another claim contradicted by the latest revelations.
Officers had originally said they had exchanged gunfire with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for more than one hour Friday evening before they were able to subdue him.
But on Wednesday, the law enforcement officials told the AP that no gun was found aboard the vessel.
It also contradicts many media accounts of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s final moments of freedom.
The New York Times reported that an M-4 carbine rifle – similar to the weapon used by American troops fighting in Afghanistan – was found aboard the boat and that officials had recovered two handguns and a bb gun used by the two brothers.
Two unnamed US officials have told the AP that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was unarmed when police captured him hiding inside the boat
The throat wound sustained by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was also said by numerous law enforcement sources to be self inflicted.
Sources told Newsday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s bullet wound looked to be self-inflicted, due to the location of the wound and the trajectory of the bullet.
Reuters reported that the Boston bomber was shot through the mouth by a round that exited through his neck.
Dozens of bullet holes were seen on the exterior of David Henneberry’s boat in photos taken shortly after the final standoff in the Watertown backyard.
The officials told the AP that say investigators only recovered a 9 mm handgun believed to have been used by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, from the site of a gun battle Thursday night, which injured a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was believed to have been shot before he escaped.
Meanwhile the suspect told the FBI that they were angry about the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the killing of Muslims there, officials said.
How much of those conversations will end up in court is unclear.
The FBI normally tells suspects they have the right to remain silent before questioning them so all their statements can be used against them.
Under pressure from Congress, however, the Department of Justice has said investigators may wait until they have gathered intelligence about other threats before reading those rights in terrorism cases.
The American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concern about that.
Regardless, investigators have found pieces of remote-control equipment among the debris and were analyzing them, officials said.
One official described the detonator as “close-controlled”, meaning it had to be triggered within several blocks of the bombs.
David Henneberry, the man who discovered Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding out inside his boat, got choked up when talking about the victims of the deadly blasts.
David Henneberry, 66, dismisses claims that he is a national hero, saying that if anything, he is an “incidental hero”.
“It makes me feel wonderful that people that are thinking like that, but it is my boat. People lost lives and lost limbs,” David Henneberry told local station WCVB.
David Henneberry’s role in the saga came when he walked outside of his Watertown home early Friday evening after the shelter-in-place order was lifted in Boston, and the first place he went was to check his boat, that he calls “my baby”.
Earlier in the day, when he was still indoors, David Henneberry noticed that two of the pads that he puts in between the shrink wrap and his boat in order to prevent chaffing had fallen out of place.
“It was really windy, so I didn’t think twice about it,” he said.
David Henneberry dismisses claims that he is a national hero, saying that if anything, he is an incidental hero
As he tells it, David Henneberry was not expecting to find anything out of the ordinary when he went to adjust the pads.
“Go out and get some air. I am just going to put the pads back. They were bugging me all day. So I went out in the yard and felt the freedom that everyone is Watertown was feeling. When I pulled the strap, it was a lot looser than it usually is. But again, the wind could have loosened things up,” he told WCVB.
Even when he saw “a good amount” of blood on the inside of the cabin, he initially doubted himself, thinking back to whether he had accidentally been cut when he was inside the boat weeks earlier.
“And I looked back and forth a couple of times and my eyes went to the engine block and there was a body,” David Henneberry said.
He then ran back to his house and called the police, who immediately took over the scene. David Henneberry and his wife remain displaced from their home as investigators continue to comb over the boat and the property for clues.
“We had great sight and cover on what we had in the boat,” Boston Police Superintendant William Evans said in a Tuesday evening press conference.
“It was just a matter of holding until the tactical team came in to get him out.”
Police did in fact find the second bombing suspect inside the boat, ironically named the “Slip Away II”.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was taken into police custody and transported to Beth Israel Hospital for treatment from various wounds likely sustained from the early Friday morning altercation with police, where his older brother Tamerlan was killed.
“Slip Away is slipping away. But I say it did its job. It held a bad guy and is going away like a Viking ship,” David Henneberry said to WCVB.
He also said that he is aware of a social media campaign where supporters are raising money to buy him a new boat after his was damaged in the apprehension of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Instead, David Henneberry wants people to donate to a fund set up for those who were injured in last Monday’s bombing.
“I am lucky I am alive. These other people were killed. Sometimes, I just sit and say, <<Wow>>,” David Henneberry said.
“This hits you more afterwards when you think <<My God, we probably slept last night, this guy could be in the (boat)>>… It’s surreal.”
Boston SWAT officers who handcuffed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say that they didn’t “have time to be afraid” as they inched toward his hiding spot on Friday.
The SWAT officers from the MBTA held a press conference on Monday, as they were officially recognized for their efforts in taking down Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after an all-day manhunt in Watertown.
Watertown was gripped with fear as the sun went down on Friday, when pops of gunfire and the booms of flash grenades were heard – all focused on a boat parked in a Franklin Street driveway.
The well-trained SWAT team then approached David Henneberry’s boat, not knowing whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was armed or had rigged the vessel with the same bombs he allegedly used in the attack at the marathon days prior.
SWAT Officer Jeff Campbell – who pulled Dzhokhar Tsarnaev off the boat – noted how the officers had proceeded carefully, saying: “We had no idea if the boat was rigged with explosives. He could have done anything.”
The officers admitted that they were sitting ducks – out in the open in the backyard as they moved in.
Jeff Campbell told former FBI assistant director John Miller in a CBS interview airing on Tuesday: “As we’re approaching what we call the danger zone… That’s the danger zone because there’s no cover for us except that ballistic shield.”
But as they got closer, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suddenly stood up in the boat, acknowledging that he was ready to surrender.
Officer Jeff Campbell noted that the suspect “looked weak” and was “shaky”.
Boston SWAT officers who handcuffed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at his hiding spot on Friday
He told John Miller: “[Dzhokhar Tsarnaev] appeared to be losing consciousness and did have some wounds to his body. You could see the blood on his body.”
Once the suspect was off the boat, Officer Saro Thompson said: “Officer [Kenny] Tran helped me secure the suspect along with other people from different teams that we do not know the names of.”
Sgt. Sean Reynolds, who is also part of the team, told reporters: “You don’t really have time to be afraid.”
Officer Saro Thompson added: “At a time like that, training kicks in. We don’t have emotion going into something like that.
“We ended up putting him in cuffs and we turned him over to the medics after we moved him away from the boat.”
When asked if Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spoke as he was arrested, Saro Thompson said: “I don’t think he had the energy to say anything. Once we got him on the ground, he was compliant and was going in and out of consciousness.”
One of their colleagues, transit police officer Richard H. Donahue, 33, was seriously injured during the wild shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers early on Friday morning.
Officer Saro Thompson said that when he visited Richard H. Donahue in the hospital on Monday, he proudly informed him: “We got him.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s older brother Tamerlan died in a hospital after that confrontation, likely from injuries sustained when he was run over by a stolen vehicle driven by Dzhokhar.
The interview with the SWAT officers came after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was read his Miranda Rights on Monday as he was charged with using weapons of mass destruction during an arraignment while he laid in his hospital bed.
During the proceedings in his Boston hospital bed, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev only uttered the word “no” when asked if he could afford a defense attorney.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was arraigned in his hospital bed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Monday by a magistrate judge, court officials said.
A probable cause hearing in the case was then set for May 30.
A newly released photo of David Henneberry’s boat, where Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was discovered, shows a bloodied, bullet-ridden port side.
The damage has undoubtedly devastated 66-year-old David Henneberry, whose adoration for the rare 21-foot Seahawk boat is widely known among family and friends.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who was pulled from the boat after a two-hour standoff with police, was shot in his head, neck, legs and hand, according to federal authorities. He’s now in serious condition in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where on Monday he was charged in the twin Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 180.
David Henneberry, meanwhile, has been deemed a hero by local and national authorities after he inadvertently discovered Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friday evening.
During the standoff, David Henneberry and his wife fled to the home of his neighbor, George Pizzuto, while officers fired on his beloved boat and helicopters swarmed overhead, using infrared lights to peer through the tarp and locate the suspect’s body.
A newly released photo of David Henneberry’s boat, where Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was discovered, shows a bloodied, bullet-ridden port side
Several hours later, following a brief exchange of fire and some negotiating, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody.
It is unknown whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sustained all of his injuries during Friday night’s standoff or during the running gun battle with police early that morning. His brother and suspected accomplice in the bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in the Friday morning gun battle.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s neck wound is reportedly self-inflicted. He is believed to have put his pistol in his mouth and fired, but he survived because the bullet passed through his throat instead of his brain.
Officers believe he sustained at least one of the leg wounds on Friday morning.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged on Monday with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction – namely, an improvised explosive device or IED – against persons and property within the US resulting in death, and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death, according to a criminal complaint.
If he is convicted, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face a penalty of death or imprisonment for life.
Since the standoff that centered around his beloved boat, David Henneberry has tried to stay out of the media spotlight.
He stayed with relatives over the weekend to avoid reporters swarming outside his home and he declined Watertown officials’ invitation to be honored at Saturday’s Boston Bruins hockey game.
But David Henneberry’s stepson, Robert Duffy, has gladly shared the story of his stepfather’s courage and quick thinking with a number of television networks and newspapers.
His neighbor, George Pizutto, said David Henneberry would be “heartbroken” by the damage to his boat.
“That boat’s his baby. He takes care of it like you wouldn’t believe. And they told him it’s all shot up,” George Pizzuto told ABC affiliate WHAM-13.
“He’s going to be heartbroken.”
George Pizzuto later told reporters that David Henneberry feels overwhelmed by all the attention and that he isn’t ready to talk about what happened or his role in finding the suspect.
A fund set up online to help David Henneberry buy a new boat has raised $256 with a goal of raising $50,000.
An unreleased surveillance video from the Boston Marathon attack shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropping his backpack and calmly walking away from it before the bomb inside it exploded, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said Sunday.
The video clearly puts 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the scene of the attack, the governor said on NBC.
“It does seem to be pretty clear that this suspect took the backpack off, put it down, did not react when the first explosion went off and then moved away from the backpack in time for the second explosion,” Deval Patrick said.
“It’s pretty clear about his involvement and pretty chilling, frankly.”
Three people were killed and more than 180 injured when the two bombs exploded Monday at the finish line of the Boston Marathon
The governor added, however, that he hasn’t viewed all the tapes but had been briefed by law enforcement about them.
Investigators have determined the bombs were fashioned from pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and ball bearings and hidden in black backpacks.
Three people were killed and more than 180 injured when the two bombs exploded Monday at the finish line of the Boston Marathon about four hours into the race.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured Friday after being pulled bloody and wounded from David Henneberry’s backyard boat in Watertown.
The suspect is being guarded by armed officers while he recovers at a Boston hospital.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in serious condition but now he is conscious and able to communicate with investigators in writing.
His 26-year-old brother and alleged accomplice, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died earlier Friday after a gunbattle with police in Watertown.
Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev are also suspected of killing an MIT police officer Thursday and severely injuring a transit officer.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is conscious and answering to the FBI questions in writing in his hospital bed.
The 19-year-old Boston Marathon bomber is responding sporadically in writing to questions from investigators regarding other cell members and other unexploded bombs, law enforcement officials said.
Agents are quizzing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev about whether he had any accomplices who helped him carry out his attacks.
The news comes as it is revealed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is badly wounded in the throat, meekly pulled up his shirt to show officers that he was not wearing a vest strapped with explosives on Friday night as he emerged from David Henneberry’s boat he had been cowering in.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is conscious and answering to the FBI questions in writing in his hospital bed
“At the end they were just making demands of him: Show your hands, lift your shirt. And eventually that’s what he did,” Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau told ABC News.
“He was very slow and lethargic in every move that he made and they could see that there was no device on his chest. They kept creeping closer to him and then they felt it safe enough to pull him away from the boat.”
Authorities initially said they couldn’t question the terror suspect because of his severe throat wound.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have shoved his pistol in his own mouth and pulled the trigger in a failed suicide attempt as SWAT officers and federal agents closed in on his backyard hiding place. However, instead of killing him, the bullet simply tore through his neck.
CNN reported earlier today that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was “intubated and sedated” at a Boston hospital.
The Boston police commissioner said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in “critical but stable” condition on Sunday – which appears to be a downgrade from reports earlier this weekend that his condition was only “serious”.
Boston Mayor Tom Menino had earlier feared that federal agents would never be able to interview Dzhokhar Tsarnaev but it seems that investigators may already be making progress.
Donations toward a new boat for Watertown hero David Henneberry – the man who came face-to-face with Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding inside his vessel – are already pouring in from around the country.
David Henneberry, 66, is the man credited for ending a nightmarish manhunt for the most wanted man in America.
The after effect was a sacrifice, however was countless holes in his boat that neighbors would describe as his “baby”.
“That boat’s his baby. He takes care of it like you wouldn’t believe. And they told him it’s all shot up,” David Henneberry’s friend and neighbor George Pizzuto told ABC News.
“He’s going to be heartbroken.”
Doborah Newberry of Orlando Florida, so moved by David Henneberry’s heroism and sacrifice, says she’s already mailed a $25 check to his home marked, “towards a new boat”.
“I just want him to know that people care about him because I know he’s probably the guy that would say, <<Well, that’s okay>>,” Deborah Newberry, 66, told ABC.
“But I just would like him to know that we’re all thinking about him and appreciate his spirit.”
Jacksonville attorney John Phillips says he also plans to send David Henneberry a check for $1,000 toward a new boat.
David Henneberry, 66, is the man credited for ending a nightmarish manhunt for the most wanted man in America
“[The boat] is fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but that’s what’s significant to him,” John Phillips told ABCNews.com.
“If that’s what the guy’s passion is, I have no problem whatsoever chipping in and helping out.”
John Phillips suspects the boat, believed to be a 22-foot Seahawk cruiser featuring a fiberglass hull that retails for around $50,000, will be held as evidence for a while anyway leaving David Henneberry well beyond empty handed.
Meanwhile Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said that someone in Detroit, Michigan has emailed asking to fully replace David Henneberry’s boat as well.
“It’s just incredible,” Edward Deveau said of the outpouring of support which comes toward his police department as well.
“I’m getting emails and things from all over the world.”
Like thousands of other residents of Watertown, a sleepy middle-class suburb of Boston, David Henneberry had been cooped up in his home, at 67 Franklin Street, since police imposed a curfew in the early hours of Friday.
The curfew followed a 2 a.m. gun battle just a few streets away that left Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, dead and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar on the run.
A thousand police, SWAT teams, dog units and explosive experts had been going door-to-door as frightened residents were ordered to shelter inside their homes.
But by 5.30 p.m., Dzhokhar Tsarnaev still hadn’t been found and the curfew was lifted.
Despite cool temperatures and intermittent rain, residents – many of whom had been locked inside their homes all day – began emerging on to the streets. Some jogged, others walked their dogs while most stood chatting to neighbors.
David Henneberry, whose “passion” is his 24-ft white fibreglass Seahawk pleasure cruiser, strolled into his garden at 6.05 p.m. – and immediately noticed the tarpaulin covering his prized boat had been disturbed.
His neighbor, George Pizzuto, said: “He got his ladder and put it up against the side of the boat and climbed up. He saw blood on it and what he thought was a body lying at the back. He immediately ran inside and called the police.
“David was totally distraught and in shock. That boat’s his baby. He takes care of it like you won’t believe.”
Robert Duffy, David Henneberry’s stepson, added: “As soon as he saw the tarp on the boat he knew something wasn’t right. It was flapping in the wind and, when he got the ladder he realized one of the straps had been cut – not chafed, or unhooked but cut.
“He stuck his head under it and noticed a pool of blood and what he thought was a man’s leg. He saw someone crumpled up in a ball.”
Minutes later and all hell broke loose as around 300 police officers, FBI and SWAT teams descended on the quiet neighborhood.
At 6.15 p.m. police had cordoned off a three-block, area, erecting barricades and sending sharpshooters to “cover” street corners and take positions on rooftops. A police helicopter with heat sensors flew over the garden to verify there was a body inside the boat.
Just before 7 p.m., an FBI negotiating team rushed past the barricades at high speed. A police spokesman later said: “They were on stand-by all day to talk to the suspect. We always wanted to bring him out alive if possible.”
At 7.25 p.m. there was a burst of gunfire as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and police exchanged more than 40 shots, quickly followed by a series of bangs as flash bombs were thrown into the boat to “smoke him out”.
A bomb squad robot was also sent in to peel back the tarpaulin, while FBI negotiators using megaphones attempted to talk Dzhokhar Tsarnaev down. Police footage later showed the suspect surrendering.
A source said: “The suspect waved his arms and officers made him lift up his shirt and lower his trousers to show he had no explosives strapped to his body. There was a very genuine fear that he might be wearing a suicide vest.”
AT 8.43 p.m., a SWAT team stormed in, dragging Dzhokhar Tsarnaev out and to the ground. Watertown police chief Edward Deveau said that, at that stage, “he put up no resistance. He knew it was over”.
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have tried to kill himself rather than surrender to police after he was cornered in David Henneberry’s backyard boat in Watertown, but failed in his suicide attempt, it has been revealed.
Authorities have said they cannot question Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is in serious condition at a Boston hospital, because of a throat wound. Boston Mayor Tom Menino said on Sunday that federal agents may never be able to speak with him.
Tom Menino didn’t elaborate on his comment and it is unknown whether the gunshot also caused brain damage.
The new twist in the story of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dramatic capture comes as the Boston police commissioner warns that he and his brother Tamerlan were plotting more bomb attacks on the city and they were caught just in time.
New video also revealed the final moments of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s standoff with police. The images come from a thermal imaging camera aboard a Massachusetts State Police helicopter that was hovering above the dramatic police standoff.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured by police on Friday night after he was discovered hiding out in a boat that was parked on a trailed at a house in suburban Watertown, Massachusetts.
It is believed that federal prosecutors are putting the final touches together on charges against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, despite his throat wound leaving him unable to speak.
The most serious charge available to federal prosecutors would be the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill people, which carries a possible death sentence. Massachusetts does not have the death penalty.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick revealed on Sunday that surveillance video from the Boston Marathon attack shows one suspect dropping his backpack and calmly walking away from it before the bomb inside it exploded.
The video clearly puts Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the scene of the attack, Deval Patrick said on NBC.
“It does seem to be pretty clear that this suspect took the backpack off, put it down, did not react when the first explosion went off and then moved away from the backpack in time for the second explosion,” he said.
“It’s pretty clear about his involvement and pretty chilling, frankly.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have tried to kill himself rather than surrender to police after he was cornered in David Henneberry’s backyard boat in Watertown
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly lost significant amounts of blood after suffering two wounds. One was a gunshot to the leg he sustained during a running gun battle with police early Friday. Another was the wound to his neck.
CBS News correspondent John Miller reports: “They say it appears from the wound that he might have stuck a gun in his mouth, and fired and actually just went out the back of his neck without killing him.
“That’s one of the reasons he’s unable to communicate, but he can understand what they’re saying. And they believe there will be a point where he will be able to talk to him.”
If the report proves true, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have had no intention of being taken alive by police as they closed in on David Henneberry’s boat where he was hiding in Watertown, Massachusetts, Saturday night.
Exactly what happened in the boat remains unclear. Neighbors reported hearing police SWAT officers unleash several bursts of automatic weapons fire as they closed in on the 25-foot vessel.
A police robot tore open the cover of the boat and a state police helicopter used an infrared camera to reveal Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s location in the stern.
Officers lobbed flash grenades into the boat in attempt to stun the suspect and called from him to surrender.
After Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody, he was rushed to the hospital.
Many reports say the suspect climbed out of the boat on his own power. The Los Angeles Times reports that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was swearing profusely in the ambulance.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not be read his Miranda rights – but a battle is being waged whether he should.
Four prominent Republican Congressmen have argued that the naturalized US citizen should be treated as an “enemy combatant”, meaning that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would not be Mirandized.
Senators John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, as well as Rep. Peter King, New York, said in a joint statement they “do not want this suspect to remain silent”.
In a statement, the four Republican lawmakers wrote: “The accused perpetrators of these acts were not common criminals attempting to profit from a criminal enterprise, but terrorists trying to injure, maim, and kill innocent Americans.”
Officials said late Friday after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was detained that they would use a public safety exemption to delay the suspect’s Miranda rights.
However, the exemption expires 48 hours after the arrest, so quick actions must be taken.
The reading of a suspect’s Miranda rights alerts a person of their right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, and the right to a fair and speedy trial.
The politicians wrote that alerting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of his rights as a naturalized US citizen shouldn’t be anything near a priority.
“We should be focused on gathering intelligence from this suspect right now that can help our nation understand how this attack occurred and what may follow in the future.”
The lawmakers then challenged the Obama administration to consider the “enemy combatant” option, saying: “We continue to face threats from radical Islamists in small cells and large groups throughout the world.”
Federal public defender Miriam Conrad, who represents Massachusetts, told FoxNews.com that her office will likely represent Dzhokhar Tsarnaev following his charges.
The debate over denying the suspect his Miranda rights has sparked outrage in the American Civil Liberties Union. The organization said Saturday that denying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his rights is “un-American”.
Anthony D. Romero, ACLU’s executive director, said in a statement today: “Every criminal defendant is entitled to be read Miranda rights. The public safety exception should be read narrowly.
“It applies only when there is a continued threat to public safety and is not an open-ended exception to the Miranda rule. Additionally, every criminal defendant has a right to be brought before a judge and to have access to counsel.
“We must not waver from our tried-and-true justice system, even in the most difficult of times. Denial of rights is un-American and will only make it harder to obtain fair convictions.”
Previously unseen video of the dramatic capture of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev shows a police robot ripping apart the tarp concealing the suspect and numerous flash bang grenades being thrown into the boat where he lay.
In the final moments before his capture on Friday night, Dzhokhar Tsranaev appeared to lay still inside David Henneberry’s boat in a backyard in Watertown, Massachusetts, before he was taken into custody.
A video of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev capture shows a police robot ripping apart the tarp concealing the suspect and numerous flash bang grenades being thrown into the boat where he lay
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has been hospitalized in serious but stable condition after his arrest and officials say he cannot speak to investigators yet because he has been “intubated and sedated” with a throat wound.
New photos, taken with thermal imaging cameras, reveal how breakthrough technology helped police home in on the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The pictures reveal how state-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras helped police track the Chechen terror suspect while he hid on David Henneberry’s boat for his final stand off in Watertown following a terrifying week of violence.
David Henneberry called 911 after spotting blood and what he thought was a crumpled body in his boat, which was sitting in the backyard of his home.
Authorities then used a helicopter equipped with a thermal imaging device to confirm that there was a body in the tarp covered boat and that the person was alive.
Hovering over the area, the helicopter spotted the heat signature of a person, confirming David Henneberry’s suspicions.
“Our helicopter had actually detected the subject in the boat,” Col. Timothy Alben of the Massachusetts State Police told NBC News.
“We have what’s called a FLIR – a forward-looking infrared device – on that helicopter.”
State-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras helped police track Dzhokhar Tsarnaev while he hid on David Henneberry’s boat in Watertown
The helicopter monitored the body in the boat for more than an hour before police moved in and took the bleeding Dzhokhar Tsarnaev into custody.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remained in hospital today and was described as clinging to life as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said: “I hope he survives, because we have a million questions.”
The secret service’s top interrogators are now waiting to quiz Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he is treated in the same hospital where 11 victims are still recovering.
Thermal imagers are able to detect a body or other heat source inside a house, a vehicle, or in this case, a boat, because heat, unlike visible-light wavelengths can pass through walls.
Police regularly use them to find out whether marijuana is being grown inside a house with heat lamps.
David Henneberry became the day’s unusual hero when he decided to check on his beloved boat moments after police lifted a Boston-wide lock-down believing they wouldn’t find Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was shot twice by law enforcement in the gun battle which raged until his capture at approximately 8.45 p.m.
Law enforcement sources have suggested that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev gave himself up voluntarily after realizing continuing resistance was fruitless.
President Barack Obama praised the outcome after a “tough week” but said the focus would now be on getting answers for the victims.
He said: “Why did young men who grew up and studied here as part of our communities and our country resort to such violence?”
“We’ve closed an important chapter in this tragedy,” added Barack Obama said in his televised address.
Meanwhile, federal law enforcement officials are invoking the public safety exception to the Miranda rights.
That means that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be questioned immediately without having his rights read to him.
Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have called for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be held as an enemy combatant, although the chances of that being permitted are slim.
David Henneberry from Boston suburb Watertown, who discovered 19-year-old marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cowering, bloodied, in his beloved boat “didn’t try to be a hero”, his stepson Robert Duffy revealed today.
David Henneberry, who is in his mid sixties, had stepped outside with his wife for some fresh air at around 5:45 p.m. yesterday afternoon when he noticed that a tarp had lifted off his boat and a strap had been cut.
The man climbed in for a closer look, which is when he saw a pool of blood and what he thought was a crumpled body.
“He saw something hunched down toward the forward of the boat, and his mind instantly did the right thing,” Robert Duffy said.
“He didn’t try to be a hero, he didn’t yell.”
Instead, David Henneberry dropped off his stepladder, ran inside his house and called 911, Robert Duffy told the Today show.
Having followed the rolling news coverage of the manhunt, and with SWAT teams already in his street, David Henneberry knew almost instantly what, or who, he had uncovered in the boat – and the danger that entailed, Robert Duffy said.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding in the back of David Henneberry’s boat in Watertown
“He probably just peeked his head up into his boat, his beloved prize, and saw the pool of blood and with what has taken place all day via the media 24 hours of non-stop it was just probably was one, two, three – he knew exactly what was going on,” Robert Duffy told Fox News.
“He dropped out of the boat and his first instinct was 911. Knowing gunshots had been fired, he probably just dropped off the ladder and walked away for 911.”
According to CBS, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was forced out of the boat by “flash-bangs”, had been shot in the neck and in the leg.
Based on the amount of blood David Henneberry saw in the boat, investigators believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was probably wounded as long as 20 hours before he was discovered, in the Thursday morning battle that left the other bombing suspect, his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, dead.
The nightmarish 24 hours came to an end in Boston at around 8:45 p.m. yesterday as the 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev was taken into custody alive but injured after a gun battle with police and federal agents.
The final chapter in the drama began shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday, when Boston police told the nation that the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was still on the loose. Authorities had leads, but they didn’t know where he was.
Three hours and 45 minutes later, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev was found and captured alive after David Henneberry went outside for a breath of fresh air and to check on his boat.
About 5.45 p.m., David Henneberry stepped outside his house on Franklin Street in Watertown, less than three quarters of a mile from the center of police search in the town.
Neighbor George Pizzuto told ABC News that David Henneberry found the canvass tarp that covered his 25-foot plasure boat appeared to be askew.
“He looked and noticed something was off about his boat, so he got his ladder, and he put his ladder up on the side of the boat and climbed up, and then he saw blood on it,” George Pizzuto said.
David Henneberry fled to the home of his neighbor, George Pizzuto with his ill wife, while officers fired on his beloved boat.
“That boat’s his baby. He takes care of it like you wouldn’t believe. And they told him it’s all shot up,” George Pizzuto said.
“He’s going to be heartbroken.”
“He got out of the boat fast and called police,” the neighbor said.
By 6 p.m. cavalcades of police began arriving at David Henneberry’s house.
Authorities re-issued their orders for residents to stay inside as dozens of heavily-armed Boston police and federal agents surrounded the house.
Neighbors reported hearing dozens of rounds of automatic weapons fire as police closed on the house.
Officers said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fired at them and that they returned fire.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old American citizen from Chechnya, was wounded by police at some point during a gun battle on Thursday night, authorities say.
Officers then backed off, hoping to take the suspect alive. Orders went out on Boston police radio that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was to be taken alive and that officers should not fire first and not return fire.
A robot was sent into the scene and pulled away the tarp with its mechanical arm.
That allowed a state police helicopter used an infrared camera to locate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev laying on his back in the back of the boat.
At 7.05 p.m. witnesses reported hearing police lob flash grenades, meant to stun the suspect, into the boat.
Police shouted at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev through bullhorns: “Come out with your hands up!” and “Come out on your own terms”.
By 8.43 p.m. it was over. A bloodied Dzhokhar Tsarnaev emerged from the boat and was taken into custody, loaded into an ambulance and rushed to the hospital.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombing, was captured wounded but alive after hiding out in a boat parked in David Henneberry’s backyard in Watertown on Friday evening.
The arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev signaled the end of five days of terror set-off by the double bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line.
His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, lay dead in a furious 24-hour drama that transfixed the nation and paralyzed the Boston area with fear.
Relieved law enforcement officers began cheering and clapping after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was arrested and is now in a serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is reported to have lost a great deal of blood.
David Henneberry, an avid boater who is a member of the Watertown Yacht Club, found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev inside his boat covered in blood
Police cornered Dzhokhar Tsarnaev around 7 p.m., less than an hour after police lifted a stay-indoors order for the city and its suburbs.
A resident in his 60s, believed to be called David Henneberry, reportedly went outside to smoke and saw the tarpaulin cover of his 22-foot pleasure boat was disturbed off the top.
Checking to see what was wrong, David Henneberry, an avid boater who is a member of the Watertown Yacht Club, investigated and saw Dzhokhar Tsarnaev curled-up inside covered in blood.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured wounded but alive after hiding out in a boat parked in David Henneberry’s backyard in Watertown
David Hanneberry then “freaked out” and ran inside to call police – who dispatched a helicopter which used thermal imaging to confirm there was a person inside the boat.
“He looked and noticed something was off about his boat, so he got his ladder, and he put his ladder up on the side of the boat and climbed up, and then he saw blood on it, and he thought he saw what was a body laying in the boat,” David Henneberry’s neighbor, George Pizzuto said to ABC News.
“So he got out of the boat fast and called police.”
“That boat’s his baby. He takes care of it like you wouldn’t believe. And they told him it’s all shot up,” George Pizzuto said.
“He’s going to be heartbroken.”
Within minutes police, ATF, SWAT and K-9 units had descended upon 67 Franklin Street and engaged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a vicious gun battle – over 40 shots rang out in the quiet suburban neighborhood.
“There was an exchange of gunfire,” confirmed Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis at a news conference.
Authorities, using a bullhorn, had called on the suspect to surrender: “Come out with your hands up.”
“We used a robot to pull the tarp off the boat,” David Procopio of the Massachusetts State Police said to CNN.
“We were also watching him with a thermal imaging camera in our helicopter. He was weakened by blood loss – injured last night most likely.”
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was shot twice by law enforcement in the terrific gun battle which raged until his capture at approximately 8.45 p.m.
Law enforcement sources have suggested that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev gave himself up voluntarily after realizing continuing resistance was fruitless.
The standoff and subsequent arrest came only minutes after authorities said during a news conference that the manhunt for the suspect appeared to come up empty.