Police Release Aerial Photos Showing Suspect Hiding in Boat

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April 20 2013 5:29 PM

Mass. Police Release Aerial Photos Showing Bombing Suspect Hiding in Watertown Boat

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Photo by Massachusetts State Police

We already knew a helicopter equipped with a thermal imager was key to apprehending the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friday night. On Saturday afternoon, Massachusetts State Police released five photos showing Tsarnaev hiding in a boat in Watertown, where he was eventually captured. The helicopter used thermal imaging to confirm there was someone hiding under a tarp.

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“We have a FLIR (forward looking infrared device) on that helicopter. It picked up the heat signal of that individual,” Massachusetts State Police Col. Timothy Alben said Friday night

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The photos also show how police used an armored vehicle to lift the tarp off the boat.

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Take a look at the rest of the photos after the jump:

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