Three more arrests have been made in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing and the suspects who are believed to have aided Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev are in custody.
Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow.
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) May 1, 2013
The 3 college students arrested attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where Dzokhar Tsarnaev was also a student. The suspects are thought to have in some way assisted Dzokhar with the Boston bombings.
The college students are charged with aiding Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been identified as Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, Azamat Tazhayakov, and Robel Phillipos, 19.
Both Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov have been charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Massachusetts. The students are believed to have tied to destroy a laptop and backpack full of fireworks belonging to Tsarnaev. Robel Phillipos was accused of lying to law enforcement officials, who questioned him about the bombing.
An FBI agent’s affidavit states that Phillipos initially called Kadyrbayev to say that Tsarnaev resembled one of the suspects. Kadyrbayev then sent a text to Tsarnaev joking about the similarities. Tsarnaev wrote back: “lol” and “you better not text me,” The students then went to Tsarnaev’a dorm and watched a movie where they noticed a backpack full of fireworks with the gun powder emptied out of them. Kadyrbayev then decided to remove the backpack from the room as well as his laptop and a jar of Vaseline also believed to have been used in creating the explosives.