Transcript: Press briefing by MA officials on the manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect in Watertown – April 19, 2013

Partial transcript of afternoon press briefing by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, State Police Superintendent Timothy Alben, and Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau on the search for Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in Watertown on April 19, 2013:

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick:

First of all, I want to – we all want to thank the members of the public who have respected our request to stay indoor. We know what an inconvenience it is in Watertown and in Cambridge in particular and really throughout the areas that we’ve asked for this. But it’s been enormously important and helpful for many, many in law enforcement who are trying to do their job. And we thank all of you for helping to get that message out. The stay indoor request continues for the time being. That is unchanged. There are continuing developments in the investigation, which we will be able to talk about not now but later. It is important that folks remain indoor and not open the door – keep the doors locked and not open the door unless there is a uniformed, identified law enforcement officer on the other side requesting to come inside.

State Police Superintendent Timothy Alben:

Good afternoon, folks. Again, my name is Timothy Alben. I’m the Colonel Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. I want to thank you for your patience. I know we said we’d be out here at 10:30 a.m. and we’re obviously way behind but it’s indicative of the leads we continue to run down here and things change and they change quickly, and sometimes we have to change direction.

I want to begin by saying we are progressing through this neighborhood, going door-to-door, street-to-street. We’re well over 60% or 70% of what we want to cover up there. We do not have any development to tell you in terms of that search up there. There has been no apprehension at this point.

The second thing I want to talk about just briefly is this afternoon there will be a controlled explosion if you will by some of the explosive ordinance folks over in Cambridge. That’s going to happen on Norfolk Street at a house we have secured earlier today. It’s done out of abundance of caution. It’s done for the safety of the law enforcement officials that are over there before they proceed with the search of that premises. So that will be happening this afternoon as well.

Our plan at this point is we are going to continue with following up at that neighborhood. We’ve got several other new leads that just developed within the last few minutes and we’re working on that and I will be back here I hope within an hour or slightly above that to give you the next briefing. Should we have any development between now and then, I’ll be back even sooner.

Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau:

I want to thank the media for getting the word out. There’s been a lot of heroic actions as you hear about the next few days – what happened last night and early this morning and all over the last couple of days as everybody knows. I also want to speak to the Watertown community. You’ve done great. You’ve done everything that we’ve asked. But we need some more time. You have to stay in your homes, stay in place. As the Colonel said, we still have some work to do. Even after we clear the area, there’s a major crime scene down there that’s going to take some time. But I’ve been assured to [sic] all of the gentlemen behind me that they’re not going to leave until the town is safe. So it may go today, tomorrow, and over the weekend before we have that whole crime scene under control. But the Watertown community has always stood strong, and I’ve asked them to do that this morning; they’ve done terrific and I want to thank them.



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