UMass: One Arrested is Suspended, Two Not Enrolled


DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth has suspended one student charged in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings and says the other two aren’t enrolled.

The university said Wednesday that Azamat Tazhayakov has been suspended “pending the outcome of the case.” He and Dias Kadyrbayev were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice.

Robel Phillipos was charged with making false statements. The university says Kadyrbayez and Phillipos aren’t enrolled.

The FBI says the three removed a backpack containing hollowed-out fireworks from the dorm room of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) three days after the bombings. Their attorneys say they had no idea the attack was being planned.

The FBI says the three began attending UMass Dartmouth with Tsarnaev in 2011.

The university says it’s cooperating fully with authorities.

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  • bean01217

    They are obviously Russian not Asain, probably from the same region as the bombers. Look at their last names.

  • The truth

    They are Russian even though they look like homely Asian women. This look will serve them well in the joint!! Have fun in jail girls, I mean boys.

  • ivybella29

    Looks really aren’t an indication of race or nationality either. There are certain parts of Russia where people look “Asian”. History explains it all.

  • robn

    Jdog Lynn time to learn some history and geography girl.

  • medic3

    Jdog Lynn, do people call you a gangster because you’re Jdog?
    They’re clearly Slavic. Take a social studies class and then get out and meet the diverse population of Springfield. My goodness!