A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement would only say, “ICE Homeland Security Investigations special agents arrested two foreign nationals this afternoon in New Bedford, Mass. These individuals were arrested on administrative immigration violations.” No other information was released.
As Watertown, the scene of Friday’s firefight and manhunt, began returning to normal Saturday, more details filtered out about the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was discovered bleeding and hiding in a boat in a backyard on Franklin Street.
Just moments after State Police wrapped up an afternoon news conference on Friday and lifted the order to stay inside, acknowledging they did not know where the suspected terrorist was, a 911 call came in to Watertown police.
The caller said someone was in a boat in a backyard, bleeding and moving.
Watertown police rushed to the scene, followed quickly by hundreds of Boston police officers, federal law enforcement officials, and officers from other agencies still in Watertown.
Boston tactical teams made up of dozens of SWAT officers led by Sergeant Jack Mahoney swarmed the house, setting up a perimeter around it.
Above, a State Police helicopter hovered for another view.
Dozens of officers and federal officials moved into the backyard on foot and as they neared the boat, Tsarnaev suddenly moved from his hiding place and raised his hand. He looked to be holding something.
Immediately, officials opened fire. Officers backed off, keeping a distance of about 30 feet from the boat.
Worried that Tsarnaev might be wearing an explosive device, police brought in an armored vehicle, equipped with a robot that could peel back the wrap covering the boat for the winter.
The standoff lasted nearly two hours, as officers watched the boat closely. “No movement,” they would report occasionally.
Then, Tsarnaev stirred. He held his hands up. He was covered in blood.
Not taking any chances, officers began to hit the boat with flash grenades, which emit a loud blast and a bright light designed to disorient suspects.
They used at least a dozen of the devices, trying to ensure as much as possible that Tsarnaev would be too stunned to fight back. SWAT officers then swarmed the boat.
Watertown police Chief Edward Deveau said yesterday that the name of the boat was the Slipaway II.
Peter Schworm, Tom Farragher, and Kathy McCabe of the Globe staff contributed to this article. Bryan Bender reported from Washington. Mark Arsenault can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org