Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Captured After Intense Manhunt

Photographer: Matt Rourke/AP Photo

Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin street where there is an active crime scene search for the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, on April 19, 2013, in Watertown, Mass. Gunfire erupted Friday night amid the manhunt for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, and police in armored vehicles and tactical gear rushed into the Watertown neighborhood in a possible break in the case. Close

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Photographer: Matt Rourke/AP Photo

Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin street where there is an active crime scene search for the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, on April 19, 2013, in Watertown, Mass. Gunfire erupted Friday night amid the manhunt for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, and police in armored vehicles and tactical gear rushed into the Watertown neighborhood in a possible break in the case.

The hunt for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended tonight when he was captured after being surrounded in the backyard of a home in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, was taken into custody following an around-the-clock manhunt just days after the attack that transformed America’s most storied road-race into a tableau of mayhem and confusion.

Tsarnaev had escaped a confrontation with police last night that killed his older brother Tamerlan. He was cornered as he hid a boat stowed in the yard of a Watertown home.

The two brothers were suspected of planting two bombs that exploded about 10 seconds apart near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15.

The blasts ripped through spectators, killing an 8-year-old boy, a 29-year-old woman and a Chinese graduate student at Boston University. Many of the more than 170 people injured lost their limbs, leaving sidewalks on a commercial stretch of downtown Boston stained with blood.

The brothers were the two men seen in videos and pictures released yesterday by the FBI showing one in a black cap and another in a white cap on the sidewalk along the marathon route. Dzhokar Tsarnaev was the suspect in the white hat, Massachusetts State Police Colonel Timothy Alben said at an earlier briefing.

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