NYPD’s Kelly: Brothers Planned to ‘Party’ in New York After Blasts

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 05:34 PM

By Todd Beamon

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The brothers suspected of committing the Boston Marathon bombings last week had planned on heading to New York afterward “to party,” New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Wednesday.

“There is some information that they may have been intent to come to New York but not to continue what they were doing,” Kelly said, attributing the information to interrogations of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old who was arrested on Friday night.

“The information that we received is something about a party — having a party,” he added, according to The Wall Street Journal. “Something to the effect of coming to party in New York.”

No evidence has been discovered that Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, 26, who died in a police shootout early Friday, planned any attacks in New York, Kelly said.

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These details emerged from further interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who remained in fair condition and under heavy guard at a Boston hospital on Wednesday. He was charged on Monday in the April 15 blasts near the Boston Marathon’s finish line that killed three people and injured 250 others.

In addition, Kelly confirmed that the carjacking victim who encountered the brothers on Thursday night said the suspects “were speaking in either Chechen or Russian, a language the driver didn’t understand. But he thought he heard the word ‘Manhattan’ in their conversation,” the Journal reports.

The driver, who has not been identified, eventually escaped from the brothers after letting them use his bank card to withdraw money from an automated-teller machine, authorities said.

While the brothers did not appear to have any intimate ties to New York, Kelly said investigators in Boston and New York were examining at least one visit by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to New York last November.

The younger Tsarnaev may have made subsequent visits, Kelly told the Journal, and investigators have tracked other potential links to the New York City region.

For instance, when the FBI was seeking the suspects, a friend of Dzhokhar’s said agents visited her mother’s house on Long Island, thinking he might try to visit her there.

And in one visit, Dzhokhar was photographed with four others in Times Square — and he posted the image on his Twitter account, the Journal reports.

Kelly said it was not yet clear when the photo was taken and who else is shown.

“We’re trying to determine where they were” and what the purpose of the visits were, Kelly told the Journal.


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