May 2, 2013

FBI: Marathon bombing suspect's friends hindered probe

The three young men are accused of removing evidence after figuring the Tsarnaevs were involved.


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UMass-Dartmouth students stand outside last month after authorities evacuated the dormitory where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lived.

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Richard Donohue


BOSTON - A transit police officer critically injured during a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is thanking those who saved his life.

In a statement released Wednesday by the Massachusetts Bay Transporation Authority, Officer Richard Donohue thanked fellow officers and emergency responders "who put their lives on the line to save mine" and medical experts who "miraculously brought me back to life."

A bullet to his groin severed a leg artery early on April 19, and Donohue nearly bled to death.

Donohoe said he expects to fully recover, and he's well enough to tell jokes and use a walker. He said doctors will leave the bullet in his leg.

Donohue sent condolences to the family of MIT Officer Sean Collier, allegedly slain by the bombing suspects. Donohue said he and Collier were police academy classmates.

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He said Kadyrbayev is a sophomore engineering student at the university and that the visa dispute occurred because he was not attending classes regularly this semester.

Tazhayakov's lawyer, Harlan Protass, said his client too has "cooperated fully with the authorities."

The court papers provide glimpses into investigators' search for evidence and other potential accomplices hours and days after a bloody Tsarnaev was captured April 19

Tsarnaev was in custody just before 8:45 p.m., with University of Massachusetts identification, and that night, investigators had begun interviews with at least one of the three men, Phillipos.

Agents learned that a month before the bombing, Tsarnaev was lunching with the two men from Kazakhstan when he told them he knew how to make a bomb, court documents said.

The day the FBI released the bombing suspects' images, Kadyrbayev had texted Tsarnaev to say he looked like the suspect, the FBI said. Tsarnaev's reply contained "lol," shorthand for "laugh out loud," along with "you better not text me" and "come to my room and take whatever you want" -- comments that Kadyrbayev interpreted as jokes, court papers said.

Then on April 18, before Tsarnaev's roommate let them into the dorm room, Kadyrbayev shared a text message he had gotten from Tsarnaev, prosecutors said. "I'm about to leave if you need something in my room take it," the message said, according to court papers.

In Tsarnaev's room, the three watched a movie before noticing a backpack, opening it, and finding about seven firework tubes that were emptied of powder, court papers said.

"This discovery frightened Tazhayakov because the powder had been emptied from the tube," prosecutors said.

Then they spotted a jar of Vaseline, court papers said, and Kadyrbayev told the others that he believed Tsarnaev had used the Vaseline "to make bombs," court papers said.


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