Boston PD: 3 new suspects in custody in marathon bombing case

A Boston Police Department spokesperson reportedly confirmed the tweet and is directing questions to the FBI.

Boston Police spokeswoman confirms three suspects taken into custody. Is directing all questions to the FBI in Boston

— Holly Bailey (@hollybdc) May 1, 2013

Boston Globe editor Jason Tuohey tweeted that the suspects are college students.

BREAKING: Three college students taken into custody in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.

— Jason Tuohey (@jtuohey21) May 1, 2013

Other news organizations are confirming that three more suspects are in custody.

Source confirms that 3 more “suspects” in #BostonBombing have been “arrested” by federal authorities, as first disclosed by @boston_police3m

— Mike Levine (@MikeLevineFNC) May 1, 2013

CNN and CBS News have spoken and confirmed tweet with Boston PD – @jecon / @charliekayecbs

— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) May 1, 2013

A CBS producer says the charges will be related to “harboring/aiding the bombing suspects after the fact.”

CBS confirms 3 suspects were arrested for harboring/aiding the bombing suspects after the fact. These will be federal charges.

— Katy Conrad (@katywithawhy) May 1, 2013

The Boston Globe has a story up that confirms that 3 “college students” were “arrested by federal authorities.”

Here’s the @bostonglobe story on the new arrests in the Boston Marathon bombing…

— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) May 1, 2013

A Boston Globe source says the suspects “were connected to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at UMass Dartmouth.”

BREAKING: A source tells the Globe that the three were connected to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at UMass Dartmouth and helped him after the fact.

— (@BostonDotCom) May 1, 2013

The Boston PD used its Twitter account to assure followers there is “no threat to the public.”

UPDATE: Boston Marathon Investigation: Please be advised there is no threat to the

— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) May 1, 2013

More from

Please be advidsed that there is not threat to public safety. Three additional suspects have been taken into custody in connection to the attack on the Boston Marathon. Aside from the aforementioned, there is no additional info to release at this time. Additional details will be provided when they become available. No info available at this time relative to a press conference.

Possible obstruction of justice charges for two suspects:

Sources tell @briantoddcnn two students are going to be charged with obstruction of justice connected to #Boston bombing.

— Patricia DiCarlo (@pdicarlocnn) May 1, 2013

One suspect, a U.S. citizen, will reportedly be charged with making false statements.

1 suspect is a US citizen and he will be charged with just false statements. #bostonmarathon #wbz

— Peter Wilson (@PetesWire) May 1, 2013

NBC’s Pete Williams reports the charges are pending.

NBC’s Pete Williams: Charges pending against three arrested by Boston PD in connection with Boston Marathon bombings

— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) May 1, 2013

Williams also reports that the three suspects were roommates of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and, according to the FBI, removed items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room.

NBC’s Pete Williams: Three arrested were roommates of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) May 1, 2013

NBC’s Pete Williams: 3 additional Boston suspects were arrested in connection to events after bombings; no evidence of knowledge beforehand

— Adam Henry (@viewofadam) May 1, 2013

NBC’s Pete Williams: FBI says three arrested removed things from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room

— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) May 1, 2013

More on the suspects from Fox News’ Mike Levine, who reports that the suspects allegedly took computers and other items from Dzhokhar’s apartment:

We’ve learned that obstruction charges coming for two Kazakhs w/ student visas who were friends with younger Tsarnaev brother

— Mike Levine (@MikeLevineFNC) May 1, 2013

We’ve learned that after #BostonBombing, when Tsarnaev bros on the run, the two Kazakh men went to younger bro’s apt and took computers etc

— Mike Levine (@MikeLevineFNC) May 1, 2013

At some point, the Kazakhs allegedly tried to dump equipment they took from younger bro’s apt; unclear if anything relevant on the equipment

— Mike Levine (@MikeLevineFNC) May 1, 2013

The scene at Boston Federal Court:

PHOTO: Security at Boston Federal Court at this hour #BostonBombing

— WATE 6 News (@6News) May 1, 2013

.@wcvb‘s Susan Wornick reports that the 3 arrested are college students. #BostonBombing

— WATE 6 News (@6News) May 1, 2013

Two of the suspects were reportedly detained for immigration violations.

BREAKING: 2 of the roommates were already in custody over immigration violations, 3rd was arrested this morning – @petewilliamsnbc

— NewsBreaker(@NewsBreaker) May 1, 2013

More from on two men allegedly connected to the Tsarnaev brothers who are in custody for immigration violations:

Two Kazakh men associated with the alleged Boston Marathon bombers went before a federal immigration judge this morning on allegations they violated their student visas.

The men were detained for civil immigration violations after authorities questioned them about their possible connection to Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who allegedly detonated two bombs at the Boston Marathon last month, killing three people and injuring more than 200. The brothers also allegedly murdered MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.

The two men, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, came to America from the Central Asian nation to study at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was also enrolled.

Photo at the link:

Photo RT @lrozen Dias Kadyrbayev & Azamat Tazhayakov and a third US citizen.…

— Nancy (@RightDame) May 1, 2013

CBS Boston reports that Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev will be charged with “conspiracy to obstruct justice and making false statements.”

Wolf Blitzer IDs two in custody as Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev

— Andrew Beaujon (@abeaujon) May 1, 2013

As always, take these suspect IDs with a grain of salt until confirmed by authorities.

The suspects’ hearing will reportedly occur this afternoon.

WBZ in Boston is reporting a hearing will occur for the suspects at “3 or 4pm”

— Holly Bailey (@hollybdc) May 1, 2013

A source tells the Globe that two of the suspects in custody are the Kazakh nationals detained for immigration violations.

BREAKING: Source tells the Globe that two of the people arrested in Marathon probe are the Kazakh nationals who appeared in immigration…

— (@BostonDotCom) May 1, 2013

BREAKING (cont) who appeared in immigration court this morning.

— (@BostonDotCom) May 1, 2013

WCVB also reporting 2 of 3 have been held in a county jail for more than a week on immigration violations.

— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) May 1, 2013

A photo of the reported suspects, via CNN:

And CNN unblurs faces of those students…

— Andrew Beaujon (@abeaujon) May 1, 2013

And another:

BREAKING: (MORE) Russian Today reporting these pics are new bombing suspects Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev…

— NewsBreaker(@NewsBreaker) May 1, 2013

A clearer version of the photo in Times Square:

Three more arrests in #Boston bombing 2 are students friends of Dzhokhar #Tsarnaev & appear in this #TimesSquare pic…

— Maria Santana (@MariaSantanaCNN) May 1, 2013

And another image:

PHOTO: @wcvb shows picture of Suspect #2 with arm around 1 of 3 new suspects:…

— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) May 1, 2013

The #FreeJahar crowd is circulating a rumor that the third suspect is named Robel. This is an unconfirmed rumor.

Junes was not arrested. Calm down. They arrested people named Robel, Aza and Diaz.

— Free Dzhokhar (@free_jtsar2) May 1, 2013

The 3 Guys they arrested are name “Aza Diaz & Robel”.

— Free Jahar (@SupportJahar) May 1, 2013

the three men arrested were named aza, diaz and robel but thankfully out of all of this mess junes was not arrested

— jahar (@nothingbutjahar) May 1, 2013

More from Pete Williams on the suspects:

“We were told earlier this week that FBI agents were searching in dumpsters for items that were thrown away.” – @petewilliamsnbc re #Boston

— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) May 1, 2013

.@petewilliamsnbc on the new suspects: They were under investigation for not attending classes

— Sarah Boxer (@Sarah_Boxer) May 1, 2013

And from CNN assignment editor Jake Carpenter:

New details being announced on #CNN by @jaketapper, live – happening now.

— Jake Carpenter (@jakeacarpenter) May 1, 2013

Source: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev contacted the 3 arrested on Thurs or Fri after bombing & asked them to dispose of items. #CNN

— Jake Carpenter (@jakeacarpenter) May 1, 2013

Source: 3 arrested claim they did not know the significance of what they were doing (allegedly disposing of items). #CNN

— Jake Carpenter (@jakeacarpenter) May 1, 2013

Source: FBI interviewed the 3 now arrested men on Friday after bombing, continued into Saturday morning. #CNN

— Jake Carpenter (@jakeacarpenter) May 1, 2013

Source: 1 arrested was in Kazakhstan in Dec 2012, & shouldn’t have been allowed back into US in Jan b/c he was no longer UM-D student. #CNN

— Jake Carpenter (@jakeacarpenter) May 1, 2013

SUSPECTS TIMELINE: Law enforcment tells @jaketapper suspects say Dzhokar contacted them after his photo was out, before he was named.

— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDCNN) May 1, 2013

The Daily Caller connects the suspects to a black BMW with “Terrorista #1″ license plates.

Remember that car with the “Terrorista #1″ license plate? Yep.…

— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) May 1, 2013

The attorney for two of the suspects says his clients will plead “not guilty.”

BREAKING: Robert Stahl, an attorney for 2 of 3 suspects arrested in Boston, says his clients will plead not guilty

— Holly Bailey (@hollybdc) May 1, 2013

Looks like one of the suspects may have tried to clean up the digital trail connecting him to the younger Tsarnaev brother.

While Dzhokhar was on the run, at 3 a.m. on April 19, one of the arrested deleted a Facebook photo showing him and Dzhokhar having dinner

— Rodrigo (@RodrigoEBR) May 1, 2013


More on the suspects and charges from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Mass.:

Three men arrested in connection with Boston Marathon bombing.Conspiring to obstruct justice and false statements charges.

— U.S. Attorney MA (@DMAnews1) May 1, 2013

Three men arrested in connection with Boston Marathon will appear in federal court at 3:30 in Courtroom 19.Overflow in #20.

— U.S. Attorney MA (@DMAnews1) May 1, 2013

Multiple outlets are now reporting that the third suspect is indeed named Robel, as some were speculating earlier:

Third suspect arrested today is Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge. #bostonmarathon #wbz

— Peter Wilson (@PetesWire) May 1, 2013

Criminal complaint identifies third of the three new Boston bombing suspects as Robel Phillipos.

— Charlie Kaye (@CharlieKayeCBS) May 1, 2013

Now just to clarify this #breakingnews the suspects names are:Robel Phillipos, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov

— Alexander Romano CBS (@alexromano) May 1, 2013

Robel Phillipos will reportedly be charged with making false statements:

3rd suspect arrested identified by court documents is Robel Phillipos.Complaint is “making false statements.” #CNN #BREAKING

— sgallman (@sgallman) May 1, 2013

3rd party in bombing case identified as Robel Phillipos in court documents. Accused of making false statements to investigators.

— Will Richmond (@Will_Richmond) May 1, 2013

The charges against Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev:

‘Conspiracy to obstruct justice’: Read the charges against new #Boston suspects

— The Atlantic Wire (@TheAtlanticWire) May 1, 2013

complaint:2 Kazakhs “admitted” they removed backpack “after concluding from news reporters that Tsarnaev was one of the…bombers”

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 1, 2013

Complaint: 3 suspects saw backpack w fireworks in Tsarnaev’s dorm.Suspect kadyrbayev knew then (4/18) Tsarnaev was involved. #WCVB

— Kelley Tuthill (@wcvbkelleyt) May 1, 2013

Complaint: Kadyrbayev decided to remove backpack to help his friend avoid trouble. #wcvb

— Kelley Tuthill (@wcvbkelleyt) May 1, 2013

Fox News’ Peter Doocy sent out this tweet:

Wow. 1 of 3 new suspects, Kadyrbayev, texted Tsarnaev to say he looked like bombing suspect after FBI photo release. Dzhokhar’s reply: “lol”

— Peter Doocy (@pdoocy) May 1, 2013

Very bizarre if true.

Here are the purported contents of the backpack removed from the dorm room:

RT “@bradtatum: US Atty: Contents of backpack taken from suspect’s dorm #7news…

— Ryan Schulteis (@RyanSchulteis) May 1, 2013

Complaint: on 4/26 FBI recovered backpack from that New Bedford landfill. Fireworks, Vaseline, Umass homework inside. #WCVB

— Kelley Tuthill (@wcvbkelleyt) May 1, 2013

All three suspects have reportedly admitted to getting rid of the backpack:

Affidavit: all 3 have admitted to removing #Tsarnaev backpack from dorm room on April 18th #BostonBombings

— Adam Harding (@AdamHardingNews) May 1, 2013


Looks like the last text Tsarnaev sent to his two Kazakh friends was “I’m about to leave if you need something in my room take it.”

— jessica testa (@jtes) May 1, 2013

More coming out about the suspects:

The suspects said after watching the news they realized it was Dzhokhar in photos released by FBI. Decided to go to his dorm.

— FOX 25 News Boston (@fox25news) May 1, 2013

FBI says defendant Kadyrbayev noticed backpack with fireworks emptied of powder and decided to take the evidence to help Tsarnaev.

— Jonathan Hall (@JHall7news) May 1, 2013

MT @bradheath: #FBI says one #Boston suspect told agents he didn’t know what happened to backpack because he took nap…

— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) May 1, 2013

Reported text messages from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Kadyrbayev:

BREAKING: Court Paperwork: Text messages between Dias Kadyrbayev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. @7news…

— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 1, 2013

Background on Robel Phillipos:

Robel Phillipos’ family friend says he’s of Ethiopian descent, family came here more than a decade ago #WCVB

— Liam Martin (@LiamWCVB) May 1, 2013

The criminal complaint against Phillipos is available at the first link here:

Criminal complaints on today’s Boston arrests at and

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) May 1, 2013

Purported photo of Phillipos:

More from WBZ’s Jim Armstrong:

Reading criminal complaint now; just learned when Tsarnaev left the boat that night, he had his UMass ID in his pocket. #wbz

— Jim Armstrong (@JimArmstrongWBZ) May 1, 2013

Suspects Kadyrbayev and Tazhaykov tell fed judge they CAN afford private attorneys. #wbz

— Jim Armstrong (@JimArmstrongWBZ) May 1, 2013

Both suspects are answering judge with “yes ma’am” or just “yes”. #wbz

— Jim Armstrong (@JimArmstrongWBZ) May 1, 2013

Suspects are in US on student visas. Prosecutors say they are flight risks. #wbz

— Jim Armstrong (@JimArmstrongWBZ) May 1, 2013

Sharyl Attkisson reports that Tazhayakov was in the U.S. on an expired visa:

CBS:Azamat Tazhayakov, one of the men charged w/obstruction of justice in the Boston bombings, was on an expired visa when he re-entered US

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) May 1, 2013

… on January 20, 2013.The visa was expired because he had “left school” on January 4, 2013…

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) May 1, 2013

More on-scene reporting from Armstrong:

Defendants now in custody of US Marshal’s office. #wbz

— Jim Armstrong (@JimArmstrongWBZ) May 1, 2013

Suspect Phillipos now before the judge.#wbz

— Jim Armstrong (@JimArmstrongWBZ) May 1, 2013

That information was not in the databases available at the port of entry. His lawyer reportedly said today that Azamat has re-enrolled.

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) May 1, 2013

Phillipos faces maximum penalty of 8y in prison and $250,000 fine. #wbz

— Jim Armstrong (@JimArmstrongWBZ) May 1, 2013

Judge just reprimanded him; “I suggest u pay attn to me rather than looking down.” #wbz

— Jim Armstrong (@JimArmstrongWBZ) May 1, 2013

Phillipos answers judge with brief “um, yes” when asked if he can afford a lawyer. #wbz

— Jim Armstrong (@JimArmstrongWBZ) May 1, 2013

Prosecutors say Phillipos also poses flight risk. #wbz

— Jim Armstrong (@JimArmstrongWBZ) May 1, 2013

Phillipos is now in federal custody:

And he, too, is now in federal custody. #wbz

— Jim Armstrong (@JimArmstrongWBZ) May 1, 2013

Phillipos will have his next hearing on Monday May 6.

— 7News (@7News) May 1, 2013

Twitchy will monitor this developing story and update as more details become available.

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