June 27, 2013

Boston bomb suspect: 'I don't like killing innocent people'

The 30-count indictment against him reveals the handwritten note he scrawled into a boat the night he was captured.

By RICHARD SERRANO Tribune Washington Bureau

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This combination of photos provided by police agencies show Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was indicted Thursday in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Nine days later, Dzhokhar opened a prepaid cellphone account. The next day, April 15, the brothers placed their bombs about a block and a half from each other near the finish line, the indictment alleges. A minute before the first explosion, Dzhokhar used his prepaid cellphone to call Tamerlan. Seconds later, Tamerlan detonated the first bomb. Seconds after that, Dzhokhar allegedly detonated his.

Three days later, after their photographs were made public, the brothers “armed themselves with five IEDs, a Ruger P95 9-mm semi-automatic handgun, ammunition for the Ruger and a hunting knife, and drove in their Honda Civic to MIT,” the indictment alleges. Collier, the MIT police officer, was shot once in the head at close range.

They allegedly carjacked a motorist and his 2013 Mercedes and “indicated that they intended to drive his vehicle to Manhattan.” First they stopped at a Bank of America and used the motorist’s ATM card to withdraw $800. Their captive escaped and called police.

The Tsarnaevs fired at the police and tossed four of the IEDs, the indictment alleges. Tamerlan was “tackled” by three Watertown officers. Dzhokhar drove the Mercedes “directly” at them and “barely missed” one officer trying to drag Tamerlan to safety, it says. Instead Dzhokhar allegedly ran over his brother, “seriously injuring him and contributing to his death.”

Dzhokhar sped away, the indictment says, ditched the car, then “smashed both his cellphones and hid in the drydocked boat in a Watertown backyard until he was captured by police.”

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