Boston suspect charged with using weapon of mass destruction,faces death penalty

The court fixed May 30 for Dzhokhar's first hearing in Massachusetts District Court.

Written by PTI | Boston | Published: April 23, 2013 7:27:50 pm

The lone surviving Chechen-origin Boston bombings suspect has been charged with conspiring to use a “weapon of mass destruction” and faces death penalty,as a criminal complaint filed by the FBI said that he apparently used a cell phone to trigger the pressure cooker bomb.

The FBI filed the complaint against 19-year-old Dzhokhar,as he was produced before a district court which temporarily was his hospital room where he is being treated of injuries.

In the complaint yesterday,the FBI alleges that the suspect appeared calm while there was chaos all around after the blasts at the finish line of the marathon on April 15.

Dzhokhar was charged with conspiring to use “weapon of mass destruction” and faces death penalty if convicted.

The court fixed May 30 for Dzhokhar’s first hearing in Massachusetts District Court.

In the 10-page complaint,FBI special agent Daniel Geneck gives the sequence of events and the information to sufficient to establish the requisite probable cause. “It does not include each and every fact known to me,” he said.

Dzhokhar’s brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev,26,was pronounced dead on Friday after suffering shrapnel and bullet wounds in a gunfight with police. Dzhokhar was later arrested in connection with the bombings that killed three people and wounded 180 others.

Based on the information obtained from the security cameras,Geneck said,the two suspect – Tamerlan,26,and Dzhokhar- were first spotted near the bombing site 11 minutes before the first bomb explosion.

While Tamerlan was wearing a dark-coloured baseball cap,sunglasses,a white shirt,dark coat and tan pants,his brother was wearing a white baseball cap backwards,a gray hooded sweatshirt,a lightweight black jacket,and dark pants.

Thereafter,the two were seen moving towards the Marathon finish line,which was occupied by thousands of people.

At some point Dzhokhar appears to look at his phone,which is held at approximately waist level,and may be manipulating the phone,Geneck said.

“Approximately 30 seconds before the first explosion,he lifts his phone to his ear as if he is speaking on his cell phone,and keeps it there for approximately 18 seconds. A few seconds after he finishes the call,the large crowd of people around him can be seen reacting to the first explosion,” the complaint said.

“Virtually every head turns to the east (towards the finish line) and stares in that direction in apparent bewilderment and alarm,” Geneck said,adding that Dzhokhar,virtually alone among the individuals in front of the restaurant,appears calm.

According to the video footage,the two brothers are seen standing about one half block from the restaurant where the bombing appeared.

In another footage,they are seen standing about one half block from the restaurant where the bombing appeared.

Approximately seven minutes before the first explosion,Tamerlan can be seen detaching himself from the crowd and walking east towards the Marathon finish line.

Fifteen seconds later,he can be seen passing directly in front of the Forum Restaurant and continuing in the direction of the location where the first blast occurred.

His knapsack is still on his back,the FBI agent said.

Around 2:45 pm (local time),Dzhokhar can be seen detaching himself from the crowd and walking east toward the finishing line. He appears to have the thumb of his right hand hooked under the strap of his knapsack and a cell phone in his left hand.

“Approximately 15 seconds later,he can be seen stopping directly in front of the Forum Restaurant and standing near the metal barrier among numerous spectators,with his back to the camera,facing the runners. He then can be seen apparently slipping his knapsack onto the ground,” the FBI agent said,adding that a photograph taken from the opposite side of the street shows the knapsack on the ground at Dzhokhar’s feet.

The Forum Restaurant video shows that Dzhokhar remained in the same spot for approximately four minutes,occasionally looking at his cell phone and once appearing to take a picture with it.

It was only three days later on April 18 that the FBI published video and photographic images of the two suspect on its web site. Those images were widely rebroadcast by media outlets all over the country and the world.

It was near midnight on April 18,2013,they received information that an individual carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint in Cambridge,Massachusetts.

When the victim rolled down the window,the man reached in,opened the door,and entered the victim’s vehicle. The man pointed a firearm at the victim and stated,”Did you hear about the Boston explosion?” and “I did that.”

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