Police say the men went to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s apartment and took some computers and other equipment. At some point they decided to try to dump what they had collected. Both men are said to be from Kazakhstan and are currently being held at the Suffolk County House of Corrections after being charged with violating their student visas at a federal hearing on April 21.The Boston police announced the arrests Wednesday morning, and emphasized that there was "no threat to the public."
Two students from New Bedford, Massachusetts, have been arrested on charges of making false statements to investigators and conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to a federal law enforcement source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.
Alan Dershowitz, a prominent defense attorney and Harvard law professor, said the new charges don't appear to be related to the bombing itself.
The students are originally from Kazakhstan and were already in custody on immigration charges, according to another source with knowledge of the immigration case. The third is a U.S. citizen, the federal law enforcement source said."If they knew about the bombing, if they were involved in the bombing, the charges would be conspiracy to do the acts for which the other man has already been charged," Dershowitz told CNN. "So it sounds like at this point in time the only evidence they have is actions that took place after the bombing."
The students who now face charges went to college with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the source familiar with the immigration case said.