UMass: 1 arrested is suspended, 2 not enrolled
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -- The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth has suspended one student charged in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings and says the other two aren't enrolled.
The university said Wednesday that Azamat Tazhayakov is enrolled but has been suspended "pending the outcome of the case." He and Dias Kadyrbayev were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice.
Robel Phillipos was charged with making false statements. The university says Kadyrbayez and Phillipos aren't enrolled.
The FBI says the three removed a backpack containing hollowed-out fireworks from the dorm room of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev three days after the bombings. Their attorneys say they had no idea the attack was being planned.
The FBI says the three began attending UMass Dartmouth with Tsarnaev in 2011.
The university says it's cooperating fully with authorities.
7News spoke with some students who knew the suspects.
"It’s kind of surprising that they would act in that kind of fashion knowing that their friend had been arrested, trying to help him out in any way and trying to destroy evidence would further make their case weaker. They are going to get in more trouble I feel. And the first thing they should have done is to approach the police I feel. Any sort of info that is hidden it would’ve come out eventually. It’s not right on their part to hide information," said Raja Nageswaran, UMass Dartmouth graduate student.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.