Neighbors shocked by developments in bombing case
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) -- People from the New Bedford neighborhood where Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev were arrested said they are shocked by the recent developments in the case.
The two suspects were arrested the Friday after the bombing at an apartment in New Bedford. They were charged Wednesday with disposing of evidence.
Authorities say the suspects threw a backpack they took from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dormitory room at the UMass Dartmouth into a dumpster close to the apartment they lived in.
The FBI affidavit says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was at the New Bedford apartment hanging out with friends after the Boston Marathon bombing. After the two men realized Tsarnaev was a suspect in the bombing, they went to Tsarnaev’s dorm room and retrieved Tsarnaev’s backpack, according to the affidavit.
On the Friday following the bombing, police, FBI SWAT teams, and Homeland Security investigators converged on the New Bedford apartment took Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev.
Neighbors reacted Wednesday on the recent developments in the marathon bombing case.
“It’s unbelievable. Living here all these years you didn’t think something like this would happen,” said Dave Rymszewicz, a neighbor.
“It’s unreal. I would think I would see it on television in a different neighborhood -- not this neighborhood. I’m speechless,” said Exsilda Gonzalez, a neighbor.
“It’s a scary situation. Your reactions end up being those of fear. It’s not the norm. You’re in a fairly quiet neighborhood. The kids are all around, they’re having a good time. I’ve driven by here every single day…and you never think about it that way,” said Phil Landry, a neighbor.
Neighbors say the suspects seemed like normal, social college kids.
Neighbors also say they saw Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the neighborhood coming and going from the apartment multiple times.