State police head recalls bombing suspect's arrest
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) -- The leader of the Massachusetts state police thought it was likely another dead end when he first heard about a 911 call from a man who thought someone was hiding in his boat following a frantic daylong manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
But not long after Col. Timothy Alben and other law enforcement officials held a news conference to say they were ending an area lockdown because they had not found their suspect, disappointment turned to jubilation. The man in the boat turned out to be Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old now charged in the bombings.
During an interview Thursday, Alben recalled his joy when he heard the words "suspect in custody" come over the police radio.
He said there was elation, celebration and "a great deal of relief" among law enforcement leaders.