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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Marathon Bombing Arrest UPDATE: Two of the Suspects Were in Times Sq. Picture With Bomber

 Details are still a bit sketchy but Boston Polices announced the arrest of three additional suspects in the Marathon Bombing.  According to CNN at least two of three additional suspects arrested  face obstruction of justice charges, their federal law enforcement source said.
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.

"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 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.

The students who now face charges went to college with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the source familiar with the immigration case said.
Remember that picture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Times Square with two buddies? Those buddies Dias Kadyrbayev (middle) and Azamat Tazhayakov (left) were two of the three arrests

According To Fox News
Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are suspected of taking computers and other equipment from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's apartment and trying to dispose of it after the bombings, sources told Fox News.

Kadyrbayev's attorney Robert Stahl says his client will be transported to the federal courthouse later Wednesday to appear on new criminal charges. On Friday, Yerlan Kubashev with the Consulate General for Kazakhstan in New York confirmed in a statement to Fox News that the consulate is helping the young men with legal representation.

Kubashev said the two men are "shocked at the bombings," and "they express sorrow to the bombing victims and their families."

Police did not confirm the gender of the third suspect, but Fox News confirmed the person is a U.S. citizen. More information was expected to be provided by the US Attorney's office later Wednesday.

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