The manhunt for the Boston Bombers has come to an end. After an intense 24 hours, Boston police have taken 19 year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev into custody alive and will be transporting him to an undisclosed location to likely attend to “unspecified medical needs”.
Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info.
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 20, 2013
Police confirm suspect is in custody. “They got him, he’s in custody,” a State Trooper tells the media. Applause ensues from residents.
— Brian Ballou (@GlobeBallou) April 20, 2013
RT @thebelloblotter: Commissioner Davis gets on police radio and declares, “It is a proud day to be a Boston Police officer. Thank you.”
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 20, 2013
Mayor Menino: “I have never loved this city & its people more than I do today. Nothing can defeat the heart of this city .. nothing.”
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 19, 2013
According to a live CNN report, on-lookers applauded police when they brought the suspect out and that applause only grew louder when police confirmed that they had the suspect in custody.
With Tsarnaev now in custody, the city of Boston — and the country as a whole– can take a collective exhale of relief, as the grip of terror the city has been in since Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings has now been loosened. The arrest came after about an hour long standoff between Boston police and the suspect, who was reportedly held up in a boat in the backyard of an apartment complex.
Now that the terror is over and the city of Boston has been freed of the Tsarnaev brothers reign of terror, the next question is what will happen to Dzhokhar. He is likely going to stand trial the same way any other American suspect would be in this situation, but it’s still unknown when that process will begin. Usually suspects arrested in crimes on Friday aren’t arraigned until that following Monday, but due to the extraordinary circumstances involved here, Dzhokhar could be arraigned as early as tomorrow.
The 19-year-old suspect has “unspecified medical needs” which could delay his ultimate arraignment, but if he’s in well enough health it could happen quickly.
This case is just getting started and we are only now about to learn answers to questions we’ve had since Monday’s tragic bombings. But for now, the manhunt is over and Boston is now free. The city of Boston is far from being healed from what happened, but this rapidly begins the process. If there’s one positive to take out of this, it’s that America’s most patriotic city took a sucker punch from cowards but remained strong, stood tall and united to help find the people responsible for scarring it’s city.
The scar won’t ever heal, it’s there forever. The healing process, however, is what will be most proudly remembered about this tragedy. Even when they were knocked down, Boston endured.