The massive manhunt for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar “Jahar” A. Tsarnaev, is over. The 19-year-old fugitive was captured without incident in Watertown, Mass., near Boston Friday night.
“Your mayor is proud of you,” Menino tweeted to the Boston police force.
“In our time of rejoicing, let us not forget the families of Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell and Officer Sean Collier,” the Boston police tweeted.
Acting on a phone tip, Boston police surrounded a home on Franklin Street in Watertown around 6:00 p.m. The home’s owner called 911 to report seeing blood on a tarp covering a small boat in his back yard. Heavily armed SWAT members arrived on the scene minutes later and fired dummy bullets into the boat. Officers reported seeing the suspect moving in the boat during the standoff.
After FBI agents lobbed several flash bang devices into the yard, the suspect indicated he was ready to give up. Police took Tsarnaev into custody without incident at 9:05 p.m.
Tsarnaev received serious injuries during a shootout Thursday night that left his brother and accomplice, Tamerlan Tsarnayev, 26, dead. The FBI identified Tamerlan and Jahar as suspects in Monday’s Boston Marathon explosions that left 3 people dead and scores injured.
Boston police locked down the city Friday as they went door to door searching for Jahar.
As Boston SWAT teams drove away from the home, crowds along the route cheered. One SWAT officer chanted “USA. USA. BPD” over the patrol unit’s loud speaker as residents shouted back “USA. USA.”