Here’s How They Got the Second Suspect

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
April 19 2013 11:30 PM

Here’s How They Got the Second Suspect

167089480
Law enforcement approach the Franklin St. house where the suspect was hiding on Friday.

Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images

Police used a robot, flashbangs, and a thermal camera to apprehend second Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday night, as Boston police recounted in a press conference shortly afterward. But it was a citizen’s alarming encounter with the suspect that proved to be the key in finding him.

As explained at the press conference, Tsarnaev had managed to elude police because he was slightly outside the search perimeter that law enforcement had set up. But all that changed when a local man stepped outside and noticed blood on the boat in his backyard. When he pulled back the tarp covering the boat, the homeowner “saw a man covered in blood” underneath, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said.

After the local man called 911, officers responded to Franklin Street. Law enforcement also dispatched a helicopter equipped with a thermal camera. Using the camera’s thermal imaging, they were able to confirm that there was a live body inside the boat.

As more and more officers swarmed the scene, they sent in a robot to pull off the tarp, to get a better look at the suspect, and perhaps to see if he might still be armed with explosives. With the tarp off, police tried to talk Tsarnaev out of the boat, but he was “uncommunicative,” the commissioner said. After throwing several flashbangs in an effort to stun him, they took the suspect shortly before 8:45 p.m. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said that it was not necessary to give him his Miranda warning immediately upon arrest, as there is a “public safety exemption in cases of national security.”

Tsarnaev did not have any explosives on him at the time he was captured, as the commissioner revealed at the press conference Friday night, though he said that “handmade hand grenades” and “improvised explosive devices” were thrown at police during the shootout on Thursday. It was also during that shootout that police believe that the suspect was wounded, and he was taken to the hospital in “serious” condition, the commisioner said.

***Follow @JoshVoorhees and the rest of the @slatest team on Twitter, and read more on Slate about the Boston Marathon bombing.**

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
  Life
Quora
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.