April 21, 2013

Five days of fear in Boston

On Friday night, Bostonians could applaud law enforcement that put terror on the run.

By ADAM GELLER The Associated Press

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Upon noticing that the tarp on his boat was askew, a Watertown man found the wounded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding below. Police used thermal detection to verify his presence, and he was arrested after a standoff marked by more gunfire.

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Mary O’Kane, 85, plays patriotic tunes at the Arlington Street Church in Boston on Thursday, three days after two bombs caused chaos and carnage at the Boston Marathon.

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Dzhokhar did well enough in his studies at prestigious Cambridge Rindge and Latin to merit a $2,500 city scholarship for college.

Tamerlan, though, could be argumentative and sullen. "I don't have a single American friend," he said in an interview for a photo essay on boxing. A former accounting student with a wife and daughter, he explained his decision to drop out of school by telling a relative, "I'm in God's business."

For several years Tamerlan had impressed coaches and others as a particularly talented amateur boxer.

"He moved like a gazelle. He could punch like a mule," said Tom Lee, president of the South Boston Boxing Club, where he trained.

But away from the gym, Tamerlan swaggered at times, those who knew him said. And he began declaring an allegiance to Islam, joined with increasingly inflammatory views.

A neighbor, Albrecht Ammon, recalled the older brother arguing with him about U.S. foreign policy, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and religion. The Bible, Tamerlan told him, was a "cheap copy" of the Quran, used to justify wars with other countries. "He had nothing against the American people," Ammon said. "He had something against the American government."

Dzhokhar, on the other hand, was "real cool," Ammon said. "A chill guy."

But after the bombing, when he stopped by a Cambridge auto garage, the mechanic, accustomed to long talks with Dzhokhar, noticed the normally relaxed 19-year-old was biting his nails and trembling.

The mechanic, Gilberto Junior, told Tsarnaev he hadn't had a chance to work on a Mercedes he'd dropped off for bumper work. "I don't care. I don't care. I need the car right now," Junior says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told him.

Now, with the photos out, it was time to move.

WAR ZONE IN WATERTOWN

The call to the police dispatcher came in at 10:20 p.m. Thursday: Shots fired on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge. When police arrived to investigate, they found university officer Sean Collier fatally shot multiple times inside his cruiser.

Witnesses reported seeing two men. Fifteen minutes later, another call came in of an armed carjacking by two men, not far away. After half an hour, the carjackers let the owner go, but not before using the victims' bank card to pocket $800 from an ATM and telling the man they'd just killed a police officer and that they were responsible for the bombing, Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said.

Investigators had their break.

The carjacking victim had left his cellphone in the Mercedes SUV, enabling police to track its location via GPS, Deveau said. It was past 11 p.m. now, and as the car sped west into Watertown, one of Deveau's officers spotted it and gave chase, realizing too late he was alone against the brothers driving separate cars. When both vehicles came to a halt, Deveau said, the men stepped out and opened fire. More officers arrived, and when a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer, Richard Donohue, pulled up behind them, a bullet to the groin severed an artery and he went down.

"We're in a gunfight, a serious gunfight," Deveau said. "Rounds are going and then all of the sudden they see something being thrown at them and there's a huge explosion."

Watertown residents rushed to their windows.

"Now I know what it must be like to be in a war zone, like Iraq or Afghanistan," said 70-year-old Anna Lanzo.

As the firefight continued, Tamerlan Tsarnaev moved closer to the officers, continuing to shoot even as he was hit by police gunfire, until finally he ran out of ammunition and officers tackled him. But as they struggled to cuff the older brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev jumped back in the second vehicle, Deveau said.

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