NEW YORK (PIX11) — New details in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation indicate 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had referenced Boston in a tweet he sent last August 10th.
“Boston Marathon isn’t a good place to smoke,” he said in the eerie twitter message that’s coming to light now, a week after his capture. Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a shoot-out with Boston police and the FBI last Friday.
In a tweet sent a week before the two bombs were detonated Monday, April 15th, near the finish line on Boylston Street, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sent another tweet that now seems like a warning of what was to come, “If you have the knowledge and the inspiration, all that’s left is to take action.”
The younger bombing suspect has now been moved to a federal prison medical center, 40 miles west of Boston. Crime scene investigators were working at a landfill in New Bedford, Massachusetts on Friday, believing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have tossed a laptop computer there.
In another development, Boston cab driver, Jim Duggan, told CNN he believes he picked up the two brothers at a train station the day before the bombings, taking them to Cambridge, the neighborhood where they were living.
“They had two backpacks,” Duggan said. “I reached to help, but they wanted to put them in the trunk themselves.”
Duggan said the brothers told him they were from Chechnya, and he suggested they might enjoy seeing the Boston Marathon the next day, April 15th.
“The little brother said, ‘Oh, the Boston Marathon’, and then the older brother got real aggressive,” Duggan remembered.
Duggan said Tamerlan got so agitated that the two brothers forgot to take their backpacks when they paid the fare. As he started to pull away, he recalled they started to bang on the trunk. He went to retrieve the bags for them and said he lifted one. “It was heavy,” he recalled.
Duggan notified the FBI about a day after the video surveillance of the two suspects was released to the public.
In one other development, a Chinese immigrant who said his Mercedes was carjacked by the brothers last week as they tried to make a getaway, recalled he heard them talking in a foreign language and then recognized the word “Manhattan.”
The man, known as Danny, told the Boston Globe that he surmised the brothers were trying to get to New York—with one even asking if the vehicle could be taken out of state. Danny told the brothers it could.
On Thursday, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York revealed the brothers made a spontaneous plan to come to Times Square, hoping to detonate five pipe bombs and one “pressure cooker” device.