Following an intense, nearly 24-hour manhunt, authorities have taken Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar (Jahar) Tsarnaev into custody, injured but alive. The apprehension was met with incredibly emotional reactions from residents of the City of Boston and surrounding areas, and officials held a press conference shortly after to discuss the events that transpired on Friday, April 19.
President Barack Obama also took Friday night to address the nation, applauding law enforcement officials for their efforts and thanking the people of Boston for remaining vigilent and cooperative during this process. Watch President Obama’s full national address in the video below.
The conference that took place earlier in Boston after the suspect was taken into custody included notables such as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Tom Menino, U.S. Attorney Carmen Oritz, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, as well as FBI special agent Richard DesLauriers, all of whom spoke of Boston’s resilience over the past week.
“We have a suspect in custody,” opened Massachusetts State Police Colonel Timothy Alben. “We’re exhausted, folks, but we have a victory here tonight.”
“It’s a night where I think we’re all going to rest easy,” said Governor Patrick.
U.S. Attorney Carmen Oritz echoed his statements: “Tonight, we can sleep a bit easy.”
However, she reminded the public that the investigation is ongoing, saying,“For many of you, tonight this is a closure. For me, the journey continues.”
Menino, still ailing from a broken leg, said briefly: “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Suspect Dzhokhar (Jahar) Tsarnaev is reportedly in custody at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, being treated for wounds.