Boston Marathon bombing: Two college students charged with obstruction of justice

Tazhayakov and Kadrybayev (left and center) both are accused of obstructing the Boston Marathon investigation. Photo: ABC

A pair of college students who had ties to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been indicted on allegations that they tried to impede the investigation into the attack, the Boston Globe reports.

The Globe reports that a federal grand jury handed down indictments on two 19-year-old students at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Dias Kadrybayev and Azamat Tazhayakov were both arrested and charged May 1 on allegations that they knowingly tried to impede a federal investigation into the April 15 bombing.

The indictment alleges that both Kadrybayev and Tazhayakov received a text message from Tsarnaev instructing them to go into his dorm room on the UMass-Dartmouth campus and "take what's there."

Those items, the Globe says, included a laptop, fireworks and a backpack. They later were thrown into a dumpster, but were recovered by law enforcement several days later at a nearby dump.

Three people died and more than 250 more were injured in the attack on the world's most prominent road race. Tsarnaev was captured by law enforcement several days after the bombing; his older brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a confrontation with police.

A third person who was arrested in May with Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov, Robel Phillipos, was not included in the indictment.

Both of the indicted face several years in jail and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines if convicted.

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