3 men removed backpack from Boston suspect
BOSTON Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were arrested and accused Wednesday of removing a backpack containing hollowed out fireworks from Tsarnaev dorm room three days after the attack to keep him from getting into trouble.
In court papers, the FBI said one of them threw the backpack in the garbage it was later found in a landfill by law enforcement officers after they concluded from news reports that Tsarnaev was one of the bombers.
Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, who are from Kazakhst oakley an, were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice by concealing and destroying evidence. A third man, Robel Phillipos, was charged with lying to investigators about the visit to Tsarnaev room.
At a court appearance in the afternoon, the Kazakh men did not request bail and will be held for another hearing May 14. Phillipos was held for a hearing on Monday. Their lawyers refuse oakley d to comment ahead of the proceeding.
Three people were killed and more than 260 injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the finish line. Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later. His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured and lies in a hospital prison.
Investigators have not said whether the pressure cooker bombs used in the attacks were made with gunpowder extracted from fireworks.
Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev have been held in jail for more than a week on allegations that they violated their student visas by not regularly going to class at UMassachusetts. All three men charged Wednesday began attending UMass with Tsarnaev at the same time in 2011, according to the FBI.
The three were not accused of any involvement in the bombing itself. But in a footnote in the court papers, the FBI said that about a month before the bombing, Tsarnaev told Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev that he knew how to make a bomb.
If convicted, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov could get up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Phillipos faces a maximum of eight years behind bars and a $250,000 fine.
Before Tsarnaev roommate let them in, Kadyrbayev showed Tazhayakov a text message from Tsarnaev that read: about to leave if you need something in my room take it, according to the oakley FBI. When Tazhayakov learned of the message, believed he would never see Tsarnaev alive again, the FBI said in the affidavit.
Once inside Tsarnaev room, the men noticed a backpack containing fireworks, which had been opened and emptied of powder, the FBI said.
The FBI said that Kadyrbayev knew when he saw the empty fireworks that Tsarnaev was involved in the bombings and decided to remove the backpack from the room order to help his friend Tsarnaev avoid trouble. also decided to remove Tsarnaev laptop he did not want Tsarnaev roommate to think he was stealing or behaving suspiciously by just taking the backpack, the FBI said in court papers.
READ MORE:Officials probe links between Canadian jihadist, Boston bombing suspectAfter the three men returned to Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov apartment with the backpack and computer, they watched news reports featuring photographs of Tsarnaev. said he placed the backpack and fireworks along with trash from the apartment into a large trash bag and threw it into a garbage bin near the men apartment.
When the backpack was later found in a landfill last week, inside it was a UMass Dartmouth homework assignment sheet from a class Tsarnaev was taking, the FBI said.
Earlier today, Boston Police announced via their official Twitter account that three more suspects were taken into custody.
The following tweet was sent Wednesday morning:
Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow. Boston Police Dept.
Amato DeLuca, an attorney for his widow, Katherine Russell, said Tuesday that his client had just learned that the medical examiner was ready to release Tsarnaev body and that she wants it released to his side of the family.
Police said Tsarnaev ran out of ammunition before his 19 year old brother dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing the scene. His cause of death has been determined but will not be made public until his remains are claimed.
READ MORE: Tsarnaevs’ father puts off plans to travel to USDzhokhar w oakley as wounded in the shootout with police as he and his brother made their getaway attempt. He is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, a crime that carries a potential death sentence.