Boston Bombers Headed To New York To Party?

Dzhokar Tsarnaev has reportedly told investigators that he and his brother were planning to go to New York City when they got caught in that firefight early Friday morning:

The brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings may have been headed for New York to party after the attack, the New York police commissioner said Wednesday.

“There was some information that they may have been intent on coming to New York, but not to continue doing what they’re doing,” Kelly told reporters at police headquarters. “The information that we received said something about a party, or having a party.”

A man authorities say was carjacked by the brothers has told investigators he believes one of the brothers said “Manhattan” before he escaped, but investigators have cautioned that it may have been a language mixup because the brothers were speaking with Russian dialects.

It’s worth noting that the bombers did have at least one crock pot bomb device on them when they ended up in that firefight in Watertown.

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  1. CSK says:

    One of the reason for the advisory–not the order–to stay home and off the streets was a fear that the boyz had planted other IEDs in various locations that could have been detonated remotely. And indeed an explosive device was found near Charlesgate in Boston.

  2. grumpy realist says:

    Rod Dreher is going all “ooh, look at the scary Muslim!” over at TAC.

    Sometimes I like Rod, but anything about religion and his brains fly out of his pocket.

  3. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @grumpy realist: You know what would really help cut down on people blaming Muslims whenever bombs go off?

    If so many bombs that go off weren’t set by Muslims.

  4. john personna says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:

    Why don’t they kill people drunk-driving, like REAL Americans!

    (The statistics underlying risk in America do not support your argument.)

  5. anjin-san says:

    I wonder how people in Iraq who had their mother/child/wife blown to bits in the “shock & awe” bombings that right wing armchair warriors were so excited about feel when they hear Americans act as if Muslims are then only ones in the world who ever kill with explosives.

  6. wr says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13: Well, a much bigger bomb went off in Texas because a fertilizer company decided to illegally store tons of ammonium nitrate — and without telling the government, which they were obligated to do, or any of the neighbors. They killed far more people than these two losers… but they were white, and I’m sure they were Christian, so if they’re arrested and prosecuted, the Jenos’ of the world can start screaming about fascism.