FBI Re-Arrests Two New Bedford Men Linked to Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
FBI and ICE officials returned to the New Bedford, Massachusetts apartment on Saturday and re-arrested the two men who were brought in on Friday. The two men were led away in handcuffs Saturday afternoon. Police say bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have once lived with the men at the residence. The two men, Azmat and Diaz, are believed to be from Kazakhstan.
The apartment complex is about 10 minutes from the UMass Dartmouth campus, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was a student. (Daily Mail)
South Coast Today reported:
Agents wearing FBI and Department of Homeland Security jackets detained two men at the Hidden Brook apartment complex just hours after releasing three people believed to be associated with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
A neighbor who declined to identify herself said the same two men were among the three people taken into custody by the FBI Friday afternoon.
An FBI spokeswoman could not provide any information on the two men, both of whom were led away in handcuffs around 3:50 p.m. Saturday, or anything related to the apartment, citing the “ongoing” nature of the investigation.
The neighbor would not provide further details when pressed by reporters.
Meanwhile, UMass Dartmouth remained closed Saturday as the search for evidence continued. Officials said the school would reopen Sunday.
Earlier Saturday afternoon, a silver mini-van with consulate license plates arrived at the Carriage Drive apartment along with the FBI and Homeland Security, and stayed a half an hour longer than the agents.
The van left with two women, neither of whom appeared to be restrained. One was carrying a pink backpack as she exited the apartment and ran into the van, which sped away as the women told reporters they did not wish to comment.
Efforts by The Standard-Times to identify the van’s consulate did not provide any answers, and the FBI spokeswoman had no information about it. A U.S. Department of State spokeswoman said her agency was “not privy” to the investigation and referred The Standard-Times back to the FBI.
Officials arrested three individuals, including one woman, in New Bedford, Massachusetts Friday in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing.