Below is a section of the transcript submitted by Special Agent Daniel R. Genck in regards to the charges being filed against Boston Marathon "Bomber
Two" . I've only edited the specific sections concerning the event that transpired, and the current evidence against, this suspect.
The full charges can be viewed here: Charges filed in Boston
Transcript of the facts as stated in the charges (pt 1 of 3 due to post limitations)
Note due to the transcription process a few spelling errors may
be in the transcript that I missed, I apologize in advance)
FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES
A. The Boston Marathon Explosions
5. The Boston Marathon is an annual race that attracts runners from all over the
United States and the world. According to the Boston Athletic Association, which administers
the Marathon, over 23,000 runners participated in this yearis race. The Marathon has a
substantial impact on interstate and foreign commerce. For example, based on publicly available
information, I believe that the runners and their families including those who travel to the
Boston area from other states and countries typically spend tens of millions of dollars each year
at local area hotels, restaurants and shops, in the days before, during, and after the Marathon. In
addition, a number of the restaurants and stores in the area near the finish line have special events
6. The final stretch of the Boston Marathon runs eastward along the center of
Boylston Street in Boston from Hereford Street to the finish line, which is located between Exeter
and Dartmouth Streets. Low metal barriers. line both edges of the street and separate the
spectators from the run.ners. Many businesses line the streets of the Marathon route. In the area
near the finish line, businesses are located on both sides of Boylston Street, including restaurants, a
department store, a hotel and Various retail stores.
7. On April 15, 2013, at approximately 2:49 while the Marathon was still
underway, two explosions occurred on the north side of Boylston Street along the Marathon's final
stretch. The first explosion occurred in front of 671 Boylston Street and the second occurred
approximately one block away in front of 755 Boylston Street. The explosive devices were
placed near the metal barriers where hundreds of spectators were watching runners approach the
finish line. Each explosion killed at least one person, maimed, burned and wounded scores of
others, and damaged public and private property, including the streets, sidewalk, barriers, and
property owned by people and businesses in the locations where the explosions occurred. In total,
three people were killed and over two hundred individuals were injured.
8. The explosions had a substantial impact on interstate and foreign commerce.
Among other things, they forced a premature end to the Marathon and the evacuation and
temporary closure of numerous businesses along Boylston Street for several days.
B. Surveillance Evidence
9. I have reviewed videotape footage taken from a security camera located on
,Boylston' Street near the corner of 'Boylston and Gloucester Streets. At approximately 2:38 p.rn.
(based on the video's duration an_d timing of the explosions) approximately 11 minutes
before the first explosion two young men can be seen turning left (eastward) onto Boylston from
Gloucester Street. Both men are carrying large knapsacks. The first man, whom I refer to in this
is a young male, wearing a white baseball cap backwards, a gray hooded sweatshirt, a lightweight
black jacket, and dark pants. As set forth below, there is probable cause to believe that Bomber
One is Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Bomber Two is his brother, DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV.
10. After turning onto Boylston Street, Bomber One and Bomber Two can be seen
walking eastward along the north side of the sidewalk towards the Marathon finish line. Bomber
One is in front and Bomber Two is a few feet behind him. Additional security camera video taken
from a location farther east on Boylston Street, as well as contemporaneous photographs taken
from across the street, show the men continuing to walk together eastward along Boylston Street
towards Fairfield Street.
11. I have also reviewed video footage taken from a security camera affixed above the
doorway ofthe Forum Restaurant located at 755 Boylston Street, which was the site of the second
explosion. This camera is located approximately midway between Fairfield and Exeter Streets
and points out in the direction of Boylston and is turned towards Fairfield. At
approximately 2:41 p.m. (based on the video's duration and the timing of the explosions), Bomber
One and Bomber Two can be seen standing together approximately one half~block from the
12. At approximately 2:42 pm. approximately seven minutes before the first
explosion), Bomber One can be seen detaching himself from the crowd and walking east on
Boylston Street towards the Marathon finish line. Approximately 15 seconds later, he can be seen
passing directly in front of the Forum Restaurant and continuing in the direction of the location
where the first explosion occurred. His knapsack is still on his back.
have the thumb of his right hand hooked under the strap of his knapsack and a cell phone in his left
hand. Approximately 15 seconds later, he can be seen stopping directly in front of the Forum
Restaurant and standing near the metal barrier among numerous spectators, with his back to the
camera, facing the runners. He then can be seen apparently slipping his knapsack onto the
ground. A photograph taken from the opposite side of the street shows the knapsack on the
ground at Bomber Two's feet.
14. The Forum Restaurant video shows that Bomber Two remained in the same spot for
approximately four minutes, occasionally looking at his cell phone and once appearing to take a
picture with it. At some point he appears to look at his phone, which is held at approximately
waist level, and may be manipulating the phone. Approximately 30 seconds before the first
explosion, he lifts his phone speaking on his cell phone, and keeps it there for
approximately 18 seconds. A few seconds after he finishes the call, the large crowd of people
around him can be seen reacting to the first explosion. Virtually every head turns to the east
(towards the finish line) and stares in that direction in apparent bewilderment and alarm. Bomber
Two, virtually alone among the individuals in front of the restaurant, appears calm. He glances to
the east and then calmly but rapidly begins moving to the west, away from the direction of the
finish line. He walks away without his knapsack, having left it on the ground where he had been
standing. Approximately 10 seconds later, an explosion occurs in the location where Bomber
Two had placed his knapsack.
15. I have observed video and photographic footage of the location where the second
explosion occurred from a number of different viewpoints and angles, including from directly
across the street. I can discern nothing in that location in the period before the explosion that
might have caused that explosion, other than Bomber Two's knapsack.
edit on 22-4-2013 by Krakatoa because: spelling