Transcript: MA State Police Col. Timothy Alben on the continued search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect – 6 p.m. press briefing on April 19, 2013
Partial transcript of remarks by Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Timothy Alben on the continued search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, at a 6 p.m. press briefing in Watertown on April 19, 2013:
Good afternoon. I certainly want to thank all of you for your patience. I know you’re all tired. We certainly are as well. But we remain committed to this. We do not have an apprehension of our suspect this afternoon but we will have one. We’re committed to that.
I want the neighborhood here in Watertown to know that we went through about 20 streets here, door-to-door, with our tactical teams. We knocked on doors to ensure that everyone was safe in their homes and that they saw the police on their streets. We did limited searches of those homes to render them safe. We’ve also followed a number of leads this afternoon that have taken us in various places in Eastern Massachusetts and none of those leads have been fruitful to this point.
There’s much left to be done, including ballistics and forensics work that will be concluding in Boston in the next few days.
We also have a scene up here – forensic scene where we had some exploded and unexploded ordinances there that were made safe and removed during the course of the afternoon. That is still ongoing but should be completed shortly.
We are going to draw back our tactical teams but the State Police will be providing additional patrols to the town of Watertown over the next – about 2 to 3 days for the neighbors and the citizens of this community. We’re going to have for the chief an additional 10 State Police patrols augmenting the Watertown police in those neighborhoods, 3 shifts a day probably through Monday.
So again I want to emphasize this is a complicated investigation that’s being led by the FBI. Our presence here today was about the safety of the people and the community. We’re confident that we did that to the best of our ability. Unfortunately, we don’t have a positive result at this point. But for the sake of everyone that were hurt or killed during the marathon or those police officers that lost their life or were seriously injured, we are committed to seeing a conclusion to this case.
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