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Apr 19, 2013 9:12 PM by Leasa Conze

Boston Marathon suspect in custody, alive

WATERTOWN, Mass. - Boston police confirm that the suspect who triggered the largest manhunt in modern history in the U.S. is now in custody.

The 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was found, wounded, hiding in a boat being stored in the backyard of a home in Watertown, a suburb of Boston.

The discovery capped a day in which the entire City of Boston was paralyzed. Boston had suspended all mass transit and warned close to one million people in the entire City and some of its suburbs to stay indoors, lock their doors, and report anything suspicious.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed in a gun battle with law enforcement officers Thursday night in Watertown. Authorities say Dzhokhar drove his car five or six more blocks after the gun battle, then jumped out and ran off.

That began the manhunt that ended late Friday afternoon, around 5:30 time, Friday, when it was confirmed that Dzhokhar was, indeed, inside the boat in a Watertown home's backyard.

A woman had tipped authorities off that she'd seen blood near the boat, which had a canvas cover over it for winter storage. The boat had been checked out by authorities going door-to-door earlier Friday, but after the woman's report, a law enforcement helicopter flew overhead and through its infrared equipment confirmed there was a person inside.

The brothers are suspected of planting the bombs at Monday's Boston Marathan. Three people were killed and more than 180 others were wounded.

The brothers are also suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, shooting him several times in the head, while in his vehicle late Thursday.

"The terror is over and justice has won," was the tweet Friday evening from Boston police.

As all the law enforcement officers and their vehicles left the final scene where their suspect was caught, residents lined the streets and applauded and cheered.


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