CAPTURED: Inside a backyard bat, per the Boston Globe, “In the waning moments of daylight, police descended Friday on a shrouded boat in a Watertown backyard to capture the suspected terrorist who had eluded their enormous dragnet for a tumultuous day, ending a dark week in Boston that ¬began with the bombing of the world’s most prestigious road race.
“The arrest of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of Cambridge ended an unprecedented daylong siege of Greater Boston, after a frantic night of violence that left one MIT police officer dead, an MBTA Transit Police officer wounded, and an embattled public — rattled again by the touch of terrorism — huddled inside homes.” http://bo.st/YAT8q3
AND INJURED: But alive, per the Boston Herald, “ “He had lost a lot of blood. He was so weak that we were able to just go in and scoop him up,” said state police spokesman David Procopio, adding that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in “serious if not critical condition.” . . . News of Tsarnaev’s capture sent a surge of bittersweet relief to the heartbroken families of the three killed and the more than 170 other victims of Monday’s bombing.
“He was a snake, wiggling through the ground, and I was afraid he got away,” said Lillian Campbell, 79, of Somerville, whose granddaughter, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, was killed at the finish line. “But now I can go on with my life. I just pray tonight everything works out OK because so many people got hurt. Not just Krystle. There’s so many more. There’s enough heartache.” http://bit.ly/ZaKwKi
BACKGROUND: Just the facts, per the New York Times, “A kaleidoscope of images, adjectives and anecdotes tumbled forth on Friday to describe Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the two brothers suspected of carrying out the bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and gravely wounded scores more.
“What no one who knew them could say was why the young men, immigrants of Chechnyan heritage, would set off bombs among innocent people. The Tsarnaevs came with their family to the United States almost a decade ago from Kyrgyzstan, after living briefly in the Dagestan region of Russia. Tamerlan, who was killed early Friday morning in a shootout with law enforcement officers, was 15 at the time. Dzhokhar, who was in custody Friday evening, was only 8.” http://nyti.ms/15mZpN1
DECIDING TO BOLT: Brothers believed they had to flee immediately, per the Washington Post, “As their photographs spread rapidly across the Internet, the Tsarnaev brothers decided to make their move. Not waiting for police to find them, they gathered guns and homemade explosives for what became a final, bloody rampage on a community still in shock from the bombing three days before.
“In less than 15 minutes late Thursday, authorities said, the brothers fatally shot a campus police officer as he sat in his car, then carjacked a Mercedes-Benz sport-utility vehicle at gunpoint. They held the driver hostage for 30 minutes as they scoured Boston’s western suburbs for bank machines from which to take the man’s cash.” http://wapo.st/11uCU27
AFTER THE CAPTURE: Applause on the streets, per the Wall Street Journal, “Residents who had spent most of the day behind bolted doors came out of their homes and burst into applause upon hearing the news that the 19-year-old suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was taken into custody Friday night. . . Before the capture, the streets were quiet, with most shops and restaurants shuttered and dark. Police stood on every corner, holding long rifles and quizzing every driver and pedestrian about their intentions.” http://on.wsj.com/11qcEaI
POTUS: He weighs in after a long week, per POLITICO, “President Barack Obama on Friday night praised the people of Massachusetts for their response to the bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and wounded more than 100. “Tonight our nation is in debt to the people of Boston and the people of Massachusetts,” Obama said from the White House briefing room after police arrested the remaining suspect in the bombing,. “After a vicious attack on their city, Bostonians responded with resolve and determination.”
“Obama said the suspects “failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated. And they failed because we, as Americans, refused to be terrorized.” http://politi.co/15t8apf
MEANWHILE: One case affects another, per ABC News, “In any other week, today would be a landmark for immigration reform -- but as more information emerges about the suspects tied to the Boston Marathon bombings, momentum for action on immigration seems to have taken a hit. At least one senator suggested that attacks by foreign-born suspects should put the brakes on Washington's current push for immigration reform.
"Given the events of this week, it's important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system," Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said at a hearing on immigration reform.” http://abcn.ws/13wCGyd
FRAMED?: So say the parents, per NBC News, “The parents of two brothers police say planted bomb-filled backpacks in crowds watching the Boston Marathon and later engaged in a stunning firefight with police say their sons are being framed for the deadly blasts. . . "You could kill me but I would never believe they had anything to do with this," the father, Anzor Tsarnaev, said in a telephone interview with NBC News from Dagestan's provincial capital, Makhachkala. "This is nonsense. It doesn’t add up." http://nbcnews.to/XMdkYw
‘RADICALIZED’: So says the Maryland uncle, per the Los Angeles Times, “Given the crude nature of the bombs and the rash actions of the fugitives, the Boston Marathon attack looks less like a plot orchestrated from abroad, investigators say, and more like an example of what U.S. officials have long feared: A lethal operation by home-grown terrorists inspired by Jihadist propaganda on the Internet. "Somebody radicalized them," said Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle of the suspects who lives in suburban Maryland.” http://lat.ms/12tX9B0