Thanks to the incredible eye for detail, the heroic bravery, and the calm, cool, and collected approach of a citizen in the city of Watertown, MA., the city of Boston can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that justice shall soon be served.
David Hannebury, owner of the prize-winning boat which served as a hideout shelter for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, stepped out of his home located at 67 Franklin Street in Watertown, MA. immediately following the release of a city-wide lockdown enforced while authorities intensely searched the city of Boston and local communities for the suspect.
As Mr. Hannebury roamed his property, he noticed the sounds of movement in his boat located in his backyard. Upon closer inspection, he noticed the strap securing the winterized tarp was severed. He then proceeded to take a peek under the tarp, and saw a pool of blood with a trail that led to what looked like a body curled up in a ball.
Without causing a disturbance around this horrific scene, Mr. Hannebury quietly notified authorities immediately. Helicopters were summoned over the area to use a heat-seeking device to pick up the thermal image of the suspect still lying inside the boat. With the assistance of this thermal image, law enforcement teams were meticulously guided around the backyard of Mr. Hannebury’s property, resulting in a victorious apprehension of the suspect.
The suspect was taken alive but in serious condition to a nearby hospital. Locals cheered in the streets after a nightmarish week filled with panic, anxiety, and distress caused by the captured suspect and his accomplice, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaerv, was finally over.
On Monday, April 15, 2013, the Tsarnaerv brothers were video taped by surveillance cameras along Boylston Street carrying backpacks similar to the one found after the pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people along with severely injuring and dismembering several spectators.
Law enforcement authorities embarked on an intense manhunt for the two suspects over a course of 72 hours following this tragic event, resulting in the killing of Tamerlan Tsarnaerv in a shootout after the duo attempted to elude police in a stolen sports utility vehicle.
Although injured, his brother managed to escape police using the stolen vehicle, and this led to the lockdown of the city of Boston and its surrounding communities. At approximately 8:45 pm on Friday, April 19, 2013, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was finally captured.
Mr. Hannebury may have lost a boat for the moment, but he will always be remembered as Boston’s hero forever.
Thank you, Mr. Hannebury! I think we all owe you a boat…
© 2013 Learus Ohnine