On April 19, 2013, cellphone, Skype, and computer records led federal agents to storm a New Bedford apartment where they believed — erroneously as it turned out — Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might be hiding with two of his close friends, according to an FBI agent Tuesday.
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth student would turn out to be on the run and ultimately hiding on a boat in Watertown. Yet the testimony from John Walker, part of a pretrial hearing in a federal case against three of Tsarnaev’s friends, highlights the panic and uncertainty that reigned while Tsarnaev was missing.
Walker said he believed when officers first arrived that day that the two friends who rented the apartment, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, could be coconspirators in the bombing who might be planning more violence, as well as “harboring a fugitive.”
He said among the information that drew officers to the address was the fact that Tsarnaev’s name led to an AT&T family cellphone plan that covered his older brother, Tamerlan, as well as Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov, two of his University of Massachusetts Dartmouth friends from Kazakhstan.
In the days just after the April 15 bombing, but before the manhunt, Tsarnaev also made several Skype calls using one of the Kazakhstan friend’s accounts.
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