The suspect escaped on foot in the early hours of Friday after a shootout with the police in which his elder brother, Tamerlan died.
He was arrested on a boat stored in a driveway in Watertown, Massachusetts.
After a manhunt that lasted almost a whole day, the Boston Police tweeted at 9 pm local time on Friday “CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody”.
After the arrest, the suspect was immediately taken to a teaching hospital in Boston. Tsarnaerv’s arrest triggered jubilation in Boston as residents trooped out as soon as the lockdown imposed was lifted. At a press conference held minutes after the suspect was taken into custody, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts said “”There are still questions to be answered — I want to thank all the members of the public for their efforts.””
Giving details of how the suspect was taken into custody, the police revealed that a Watertown resident had gone outside and noticed blood on the patio. The resident trailed the blood and noticed the bleeding suspect was hiding on a boat. The police was called on phone and they moved in swiftly. Tsarnaev however engaged them in another stand-off that lasted about two hours and some shots were fired. An FBI negotiator was later called in after which the suspect was taken into custody. Police confirmed he is in a “serious condition” and had to be taken to the hospital.
In a speech after the arrest, President Barack Obama commended all the law enforcement agents for “responding with professionalism”. He said “they worked as they should, as a team”. He also stated that there are many questions demanding for answers and the family of those killed in the attacks, as well as those wounded deserve answers. “We will determine whatever associations these people had, one thing we do know is that whatever hateful agenda drove these men to such heinous act will not, cannot prevail. We will continue to do whatever we have to keep our people safe”, the President said.