Transcript: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s remarks on the Boston terrorists’ stated intent to attack New York City
Transcript of remarks by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on the Boston terrorists’ stated intent to attack New York City at a press briefing on April 25, 2013:
Thank you, Mr. Mayor. As the Mayor said, last evening we learned through the Joint Terrorist Task Force that the Boston Marathon bombers had planned to travel to Manhattan to detonate remaining bombs in Times Square.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the terror suspect who was captured alive, initially told investigators that he and his brother decided after the Boston bombings that they would go to New York City to party.
However, a subsequent questioning of Dzhokhar revealed that he and his brother decided spontaneously on Times Square as a target. They would drive to Times Square that same night.
They discussed this while driving around in a Mercedes SUV that they had hijacked after they shot and killed an MIT Police Officer in Cambridge, Dzhokhar said. That plan, however, fell apart when they realized that the vehicle that they hijacked was low on gas and ordered the driver to stop at a nearby gas station.
The driver used the opportunity to escape and call the police. That eventually led to the shootout in Watertown where the older brother was killed in an exchange of gunfire with the police.
Up until that point the two brothers had at their disposal six improvised explosive devices. One was a pressure cooker bomb similar to the two that had exploded at the Marathon. The other fired were pipe bombs.
We know that Dzhokhar was photographed in Times Square with friends on or before April 18th of 2012 and that he was in the city again in November of 2012. We don’t know if those visits were related in any way to what he described as the brothers’ spontaneous decision to target Times Square.
The NYPD Intelligence Division is actively investigating to determine Dzhokhar movements in New York City, as well as who he might have been with here.
New York City detectives and supervisors assigned to the Joint Terrorist Task Force with the FBI are assisting in the ongoing investigation in both Boston and New York. There’s no evidence at this time, however, to indicate that New York City is currently a target of another terrorist attack stemming from the Boston bombings.
- NYC.gov: Video of Mayor Bloomberg’s press conference on April 25, 2013
- WhatTheFolly.com: Tsarnaev brothers planned to bomb NYC’s Times Square
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s remarks on the Boston terrorists’ stated intent to attack New York City
- WhatTheFolly.com: Boston Marathon bombings
- WhatTheFolly.com: Feds cite public safety exception for temporarily revoking Tsarnaev’s Miranda rights
- WhatTheFolly.com: Timeline of the Boston Marathon bombings & the Watertown manhunt
- WhatTheFolly.com: Arsenal of explosives suggests Tsarnaev brothers may have planned more bombings