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Court documents: suspects hid backpack, laptop; lied to investigators

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Three additional suspects were arrested Wednesday in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.  Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice. A third man, Robel Phillipos, was charged with lying to investigators about the visit to Tsarnaev's room.

A criminal affidavit (Click here to read) said the three went to Tsarnaev's dorm room on April 18 after photos of the suspected bombers were released by the FBI.  Kadrybayev told investigators that he sent Tsarnaev a text message saying he looked like the man in the photos to which Tsarnaev replied, "lol" and "come to my room and take whatever you want."

Kadrybayev told investigators that when he was in the room he saw a backpack containing empty fireworks and decided to remove it from the room. He also said he removed Tsarnaev's laptop.

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The three then took the items back to Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov's apartment and saw another news report that led them to believe Tsarnaev was the man in photos. Kadrybayev told investigators that the three decided to throw the backpack and fireworks in the trash.

Phillipos originally told investigators that he hadn't gone to Tsarnaev's dorm room and later changed his story to say that he had been to the dorm room but never went in. According to investigators, it wasn't until a fourth interview that he admitted to lying about going to the dorm.

On April 26, investigators found the backpack containing fireworks, a jar of Vaseline and a UMass Dartmouth homework assignment from a class Tsarnaev was enrolled in at a New Bedford landfill.

Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Phillipos faces eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Boston AP and MyFoxBoston contributed to this story


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