An additional three suspects have now been arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing.
Two are cited for conspiring to dispose of the backpack and laptop, and another was charged with lying to FBI investigators.
Kazakhstan natives, 19-year-olds Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakova, are accused of aiding Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by collecting Dzhokhar’s backpack and laptop from his dorm room, along with odd elements used in making the bomb, and disposing of the items in a landfill.
The 3rd suspect, 19-year-old Robel Phillipos of Cambridge, MA, was charged with making false statements and hindering the feds terror investigation.
According to Fox News reporting:
The three acted on April 18, three days after the bombing and hours after investigators aired surveillance footage identifying Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan as the suspects in the bombing, though not by name, according to authorities. Phillipos first saw footage depicting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the news Thursday, and told Kadyrbayev over the phone that he suspected their friend was the bomber.
When Kadyrbayev later texted Tsarnaev and said he bore a resemblance to the subject of an intense manhunt, Tsarnaev allegedly sent back a chilling response: “Lol, You better not text me.” He also texted Kadyrbayev to say, “Come to my room and take whatever you want,” according to the affidavit.
All 3 suspects initially were uncooperative with federal investigators, but in a fourth interview Robel Phillipos fessed up:
He confessed that the three took the backpack out of their friend’s dorm room, according to the affidavit. Phillipos allegedly told investigators that the two others “started to freak out” after seeing Tsarnaev identified on television.
Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakova face maximum prison sentences of five years and fines of $250,000. Robel Phillipos faces a maximum of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.