The Justice Department has not yet said if it will seek the death penalty. Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston told reporters yesterday that, despite his past opposition, he might support it in this case: “I will say, in this one, I might think it’s time . . . that this individual serves his time and [gets] the death penalty.”
Prosecutors did not disclose Tsarnaev’s initial court appearance until it was over. Legal analysts said prosecutors had to bring Tsarnaev before a judge once they declared his arrest Friday night. “Once he’s arrested, the timeline starts,” said Stephen Huggard, a defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor. “In this country, you don’t get to hold someone indefinitely without seeing a judge.”
The major break in the massive hunt for the bombers came last week, when investigators found images of the alleged terrorists during a painstaking review of security footage and photographs from the Marathon course. After intense behind-the-scene deliberation, the FBI released the photos to the public Thursday evening and asked for help putting names to the faces.
The images showed two men carrying backpacks, apparently containing bombs, on Boylston Street. Tamerlan Tsarnaev is pictured wearing a black cap, according to the FBI. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in a dark jacket and a bright white cap, worn backwards, the bureau said.
In a search Sunday of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dormitory room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he was a student, investigators found a “large pyrotechnic” and a “black jacket and a white hat of the same general appearance” as those worn by the alleged bomber in the video, according to the FBI.
The FBI affidavit includes details from unreleased video investigators used to isolate the alleged attackers in a crowd of thousands, and to track their movements.
Just after 2:38 p.m., the alleged bombers stopped and stood together about half a block from Forum restaurant, at 755 Boylston, not far from the Marathon finish line. Then, at 2:42 p.m., Tamerlan Tsarnaev allegedly began walking toward the finish line, still wearing the backpack.
At 2:45, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly walked east, stopping in front of Forum. “He then can be seen apparently slipping his knapsack onto the ground,” according to the FBI document. He waited about four minutes, according to the FBI, occasionally checking his cellphone. Thirty seconds before the first explosion, he lifted the phone to his ear for 18 seconds.
The people around him reacted in shock to the boom of an explosion one block east, at the finish line. “Virtually every head turns to the east . . . and stares in that direction in apparent bewilderment and alarm,” said the FBI.
But not the suspect.
“He glances to the east and then calmly but rapidly begins moving to the west, away from the direction of the finish line,” the bureau said. “He walks away without his knapsack.”
The second bomb exploded outside Forum about 10 seconds later.
Hours after their pictures were splashed on television and websites around the world, the Tsarnaev brothers allegedly embarked on a vicious crime spree, assassinating Collier in Cambridge and then carjacking a motorist at gunpoint.
One of the suspects told the carjacking victim, “Did you hear about the Boston explosion? I did that,” according to the FBI. The motorist escaped when they stopped at a gas station on Memorial drive in Cambridge. He left his phone in the car, which allowed investigators to trace the phone’s location to Watertown.
The brothers’ alleged rampage ended at the Watertown gunfight. MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue Jr. was shot and gravely hurt in the firefight. He has been hospitalized in critical condition, but is now breathing on his own. He called for his wife Monday, a law enforcement source said.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev managed to escape from police, driving over his fallen brother in the stolen car, which he quickly abandoned to flee on foot. He eluded a massive dragnet for about 20 hours before being discovered in the boat.
Police found a UMASS identification card, credit cards, and other forms of identification on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. They also found “an intact low-grade explosive device” in the stolen car.
The investigation into the brothers’ alleged crimes and motivation is ongoing. Authorities searched the back of a brick building containing a business named Yayla Tribal Rugs on Broadway in Cambridge on Monday; the father of the bombing suspects used to work on cars in the parking lot behind the building, neighbors at nearby businesses said.Continued...