It has come to light that Boston bombing Suspect No. 2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had a girlfriend.
Details are extremely scarce at this time, but here are 5 fast facts you need to know.
1. A Neighbor Says Dzhokhar and His Girlfriend Lived Together Near UMass Dartmouth
On Friday, three suspected associates of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were detained in New Bedford, Massachusetts, at the Hidden Brook apartments near UMass Dartmouth, where he was a student. The detainees were two men and one woman. Neighbors told the local ABC affiliate that “the girlfriend of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have lived in the complex and they have seen him in the area as recently as yesterday.”
Reddit user Allmightysquirrel, a neighbor, says Dzhokhar and his girlfriend lived together in an apartment there — sharing a mailbox with his and her (unknown) name on it. Allmightysquirrel says s/he lives “a few miles from Umass Dartmouth.”
While his college classmates say Dzhokhar had a a dorm room on campus, other neighbors of the apartment complex say he spent a lot of time over there.
The Google map above shows the area of the apartment complex is about 3 miles from UMass Dartmouth campus.
2. This is an Actual Mock Vanity License Plate on a Car Found There
This is not a joke. This is an actual personal plate tied to the suspect’s friends, reports the New York Post. Two 19-year-old foreign nationals from Kazakhstan, named Azmat and Diaz, reportedly drove around in the black BMW that sported the plate. A neighbor reportedly said they rent or lease it. They were arrested Saturday for immigration violations, reports the Daily News.
But “Karma heavy” Reddit user Allmightysquirrel insists the car belongs to the girlfriend, not the two young men seen driving it. Meanwhile, s/he wonders:
How does something like this license plate go unnoticed? I’ve emailed the Public Affairs guy at Umass to see wtf this license plate is all about.
3. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Tweeted a Pic of Himself with the Car on March 15
The Twitter handle verified to be Dzhokhar Tsarnaev tweeted this on March 15, 2013. You can see the “Terrorista” vanity plate plainly on the car.
Place your bets twitter.com/J_tsar/status/…
— Jahar (@J_tsar) March 16, 2013
4. The Young Woman Was Questioned by the FBI But Released
The three detained for questioning by the FBI on Friday were initially released, before the two men were arrested by immigration officials on Saturday. But the mysterious young woman is not believed to be in custody.
5. The House in Question Was Known as the “Chechen House”
Police say they first learned of Dzhokhar’s connection to UMass Dartmouth on Friday. According to local South Coast today:
New Bedford Police Detective Capt. Steven Vicente said police received a tip about the so-called “Chechen house” Friday.
This is a developing story and we’ll bring you more info as soon as we can. Do you know more about the girlfriend than we do? Share your info in the comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.