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DEVELOPING: Manhunt in Massachusetts

Updated: Monday, May 13 2013, 09:37 PM EDT
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11am - UPDATE

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police say a vehicle
believed to be linked to a wanted Boston Marathon bombing suspect has
been recovered.



Police said in a news release Friday that a gray Honda CRV with
Massachusetts plates was found in Boston. Authorities had said earlier
that the vehicle "could possibly be occupied by" the suspect wanted in
the Boston attacks. The suspect has since been identified by law
enforcement officials and family members as 19-year-old Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev (JOH'-kahr tsahr-NY'-ev).



His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed overnight.



The news release provided scant other details about the vehicle.



The two men are suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of
Technology police officer late Thursday, then stealing a car at
gunpoint. Monday's bombings killed three people and wounded more than
180 others.








9:05am - Background information on the suspects, being released by the Associated Press:

BOSTON (AP) —

In
May of 2011, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, then a senior at a prestigious high
school, was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the city of Cambridge,
Mass., to pursue higher education. Now, Tsarnaev is on the run,
described as "armed and dangerous" and suspected of the Boston Marathon
bombing.

Two brothers, one now dead, one alive and at large.
After hours of only grainy images of two men in baseball caps to go on, a
portrait gradually started emerging Friday of the men suspected in the
attack.

Tsarnaev, 19, and his older brother, Tamerlan, who was
killed during a violent night in Cambridge, had been living together on
Norfolk Street in Cambridge. An uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery
Village, Md., told The Associated Press that the men lived together near
Boston and have been in the United States for about a decade. They came
from the Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an
Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars.

Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev's page on the Russian social networking site Vkontakte says he
attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, graduating in 2011, the year
he won the scholarship, which was celebrated with a reception at City
Hall, according to a news release issued at the time. Before moving to
the United States, he attended School No. 1 in Makhachkala, the capital
of Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim republic in Russia's North Caucasus
that has become an epicenter of the Islamic insurgency that spilled over
from Chechnya. On the site, he describes himself as speaking Chechen as
well as English and Russian. His world view is described as "Islam" and
he says his personal goal is "career and money."

Tsarnaev
appeared in the video released by authorities on Thursday, identified as
Suspect Number 2, striding down a sidewalk, unnoticed by spectators who
were absorbed in the race. He followed Tamerlan by about 10 feet. He
wore what appeared to be a gray hoodie under a dark jacket and pants,
and a white baseball cap facing backward and pulled down haphazardly.

Tamerlan
was stockier, in khaki pants, a light T-shirt, and a dark jacket. The
brim of his baseball cap faced forward, and he may have been wearing
sunglasses.

According to the website spotcrime.com, Tamerlan was
arrested for domestic violence in July 2009, after assaulting his
girlfriend.

He was an amateur boxer, listed as a competitor in a National Golden Gloves competition in 2009.

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP)
— Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police
officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive
devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of
violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday,
authorities said as the manhunt intensified for a young man described as
a dangerous terrorist.

The suspects were identified to The
Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya, which
has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars.
A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified
the surviving bomb suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old who
had been living in Cambridge, just outside Boston, and said he "may be
armed and dangerous."

Two law enforcement officials told the AP
that Tsarnaev and the other suspect, who was not immediately identified,
had been living legally in the U.S. for at least one year.

In
Boston, still on edge over the attack on the marathon, and its western
suburbs, authorities suspended mass transit and urged people to stay
indoors as they searched for the remaining suspect, a man seen wearing a
white baseball cap on surveillance footage from Monday's deadly bombing
at the marathon finish line.

"We believe this man to be a
terrorist," said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. "We believe this
to be a man who's come here to kill people."

Authorities urged
residents in Watertown, Newton, Arlington, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge
and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. At
least a quarter of a million people live in those suburbs. All mass
transit was shut down, and businesses were asked not to open Friday.
People waiting at bus and subway stops were told to go home.

All
modes of public transportation were shut down, including buses, subways,
trolleys, commuter rail and boats, said Joe Pesaturo, spokesman for the
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

The suspects'
clashes with police began only a few hours after the FBI released photos
and videos of the two young men, who were seen carrying backpacks as
they mingled among marathon revelers. The bombings on Monday killed
three people and wounded more than 180 others, and authorities revealed
the images to enlist the public's help finding the suspects.

The
images released by the FBI depict two young men, each wearing a baseball
cap, walking one behind the other near the finish line. Richard
DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston, said the suspect in the
white hat was seen setting down a bag at the site of the second of two
deadly explosions.

Authorities said surveillance tape recorded
late Thursday showed the suspect known for the white hat during a
robbery of a convenience store in Cambridge, near the campus of MIT,
where a university police officer was killed while responding to a
report of a disturbance, said State Police Col Timothy Alben. The
officer died of multiple gunshot wounds.

From there, authorities
say, the two men carjacked a man in a Mercedes-Benz, keeping him with
them in the car for half an hour before releasing him at a gas station
in Cambridge. The man was not injured.

The search for the vehicle
led to a chase that ended in Watertown, where authorities said the
suspects threw explosive devices from the car and exchanged gunfire with
police. A transit police officer was seriously injured during the
chase, authorities said.

In Watertown, witnesses reported hearing
multiple gunshots and explosions at about 1 a.m. Friday. Dozens of
police officers and FBI agents were in the neighborhood and a helicopter
circled overhead.

Watertown resident Christine Yajko said she
was awakened at about 1:30 a.m. by a loud noise, began to walk to her
kitchen and heard gunfire.

"I heard the explosion, so I stepped
back from that area, then I went back out and heard a second one," she
said. "It was very loud. It shook the house a little."

She said a
police officer later knocked on her door and told her there was an
undetonated improvised explosive device in the street and warned her to
stay away from the windows.

"It was on the street, right near our kitchen window," she said.

Yajko
said she never saw the suspect who was on the loose and didn't realize
the violence was related to the marathon bombings until she turned on
the TV and began watching what was happening outside her side door.

State
police spokesman David Procopio said, "The incident in Watertown did
involve what we believe to be explosive devices possibly, potentially,
being used against the police officers."

Boston cab driver Imran
Saif said he was standing on a street corner at a police barricade
across from a diner when he heard an explosion.

"I heard a loud
boom and then a rapid succession of pop, pop, pop," he said. "It sounded
like automatic weapons. And then I heard the second explosion."

He
said he could smell something burning and advanced to check it out but
area residents at their windows yelled at him, "Hey, it's gunfire! Don't
go that way!"

Doctors at a Boston hospital where a suspect in
the marathon bombings was taken and later died are saying they treated a
man with a possible blast injury and multiple gunshot wounds.

MIT
said right after the 10:30 p.m. shooting that police were sweeping the
campus in Cambridge and urged people to remain indoors. They urged
people urged to stay away from the Stata Center, a mixed-use building
with faculty offices, classrooms and a common area.

The suspects'
images were released hours after President Barack Obama and first lady
Michelle Obama attended an interfaith service in Boston to remember the
dead and the wounded.

At the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Obama
saluted the resolve of the people of Boston and mocked the bombers as
"these small, stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build and
think somehow that makes them important."

"We will find you," he warned.

In
the past, insurgents from Chechnya and neighboring restive provinces in
the Caucasus have been involved in terror attacks in Moscow and other
places in Russia.

Those raids included a raid in Moscow in
October 2002 in which a group of Chechen militants took 800 people
hostage and held them for two days before special forces stormed the
building, killing all 41 Chechen hostage-takers. Also killed were 129
hostages, mostly from effects of narcotic gas Russian forces used to
subdue the attackers.

Chechen insurgents also launched a 2004
hostage-taking raid in the southern Russian town of Beslan, where they
took hundreds of hostages. The siege ended in a bloodbath two days
later, with more than 330 people, about half of them children, killed.

Insurgents
from Chechnya and other regions also have launched a long series of
bombings in Moscow and other cities in Russia. An explosion at the
international arrivals hall at Moscow's Domodedovo airport in January
2011 killed at least 31 people and wounded more than 140.DEVELOPING: Manhunt in Massachusetts


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