Boston manhunt 'skipped over the area where bombing suspect was found' - even though it was just 400 yards from where he had abandoned a getaway car
By Hayley Peterson
PUBLISHED:23:00 EST, 29 April 2013| UPDATED: 23:13 EST, 30 April 2013
Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was discovered after a day-long manhunt by a homeowner - and not by authorities - because law enforcement officials had skipped over the street where he was hiding during their intensive search.
Police did not search the area of Franklin Street where a Watertown man found Tsarnaev hiding in his boat - even though the neighborhood was part of a 20-block area that was supposed to be the focal point of the search,Bloomberg News is reporting based on interviews with 11 residents of the area.
Authorities have not yet confirmed the residents' accounts.
'Oversight:' Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was discovered after a day-long manhunt by a homeowner - and not by authorities - because law enforcement officials had skipped over the street where he was hiding (pictured)
David Procopio, a spokesman for the Massachusetts State Police, told Bloomberg that the issue is under investigation.
News of the potential oversight comes as a shock to many, especially considering Tsarnaev had abandoned a getaway car - which he had used to flee from a firefight with police - just 400 yards from where he was later found.
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'A lot of people’s lives were put in danger because someone in charge wasn’t doing his job,' Watertown resident Sue Lund, 61, told Bloomberg. 'People could have been killed because after the lockdown ended everyone came streaming out of their houses and suddenly we were in a combat zone.'
Officials had originally said that the area where Tsarnaev was hiding was not contained within the 20-block search center, but Boston's police commissioner later confirmed that it was.
Investigators from the FBI inspect the boat where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding
Authorities said they are investigating the details of the manhunt and the decisions made by law enforcement officials that day.
'A very detailed action report will be completed to assess and evaluate that day’s operations,' Procopio said.
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