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Kelly Praises Boston Officials Who Captured Second Boston Marathon Suspect

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New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly had high praise Saturday for law enforcement officials who worked to capture the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings Friday night.

"I think they did a great job," Kelly said. "One of the issues up there is there are many different jurisdictions. They were able to bring them all together and work as a cohesive team. And obviously, it's unfortunate, of course, that the MIT police officer was killed. It looks like just and out-and-out assassination. But the officer did a terrific job in curtailing what could have been a lot more violence."

Kelly said that the city remains vigilant in ensuring the safety of New Yorkers from an attack.

"We've done an awful lot here to protect the city. We keep those tactics and strategies in place to protect the city," Kelly said. "We can't afford to let our guard down. Obviously, we did some adjustments of our city while this was going on in Boston. But in essence, we're continuing to do the same thing we've done for 11 years."

Rep. Michael Grimm, a former FBI agent, called the bombing "a very unique case that will be studied by the FBI and intelligence agencies."

"This is really a homegrown incident, to some extent. And I think for that reason, because he was popular, he was on a wrestling team, they really need to look and see, why would someone that doesn't fit any of the usual profiles, how can they become radicalized to this extent?" Grimm said. "They put a bag down with nails and pellets next to an 8-year-old child. That's a pretty difficult thing, to go from a wrestler at a good school to doing something so heinous as that."

Transit in Amtrak's Northeast Corridor returned to normal Saturday after being shut down for hours Friday following a manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the second alleged suspect in the bombings.

Amtrak said Friday night that it expected regular service between New York and Boston Saturday.

Limited service resumed Friday night after almost a full day of suspensions during the manhunt in Boston.

Penn Station was crowded all day with stranded passengers when the Acela Express and Northeast Regional service were suspended.

Amtrak said that travelers should still check online before heading to their trains.

Anyone who already paid but can't travel now can get a refund or voucher for future travel.

There will also be additional security in place for races being held in the city this weekend.

The National Guard is sending an additional 150 guardsmen to the city, and sources tell NY1 that the State Police will also provide extra hands.

New York Road Runners says additional measures are being added for Sunday's 'City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks' in Central Park.

Runners are being encouraged not to bring bags, and any unattended bags will be confiscated.

Trash cans are also being moved so there are none near the race route.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday encouraged New Yorkers to take advantage of what the city has to offer during the weekend.

"I will tell you that what you should do this weekend is go out and enjoy the things that are here in New York City, all the events that are taking place," he said. "Go out in the streets. Don't be afraid, because you are as safe today as you were before, and you will be in the future. That's the safest we can possibly make it. There's no guarantees, 100 percent, but this is the place you want to live. Ray Kelly and all of the different uniformed services all work together to keep everybody safe, and we will continue to do that and will continue to modify our strategies every day and have a level of security that we think is appropriate."

Residents of the city of Boston and several nearby suburbs were asked to stay indoors for hours Friday as the manhunt for the second suspect continued, ultimately culminating in the capture of Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev at approximately 8:45 p.m.

The 19-year-old is in a Boston area hospital with serious gunshot wounds.

The Boston PD posted a message to Twitter shortly after 8:45 p.m. Friday which read, "Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info."

A later Twitter message from the Boston PD account read, "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."

"We're so grateful to bring justice and closure to this case to those families that lost loved ones or suffered injuries that they'll live with for the rest of their lives, for a police officer, a young man starting a career at MIT, and a police officer with the MBTA who almost lost his life, and for neighborhoods who had to live in fear for an entire day, we are eternally grateful for the outcome here tonight," said Col. Timothy Alben with the Massachusetts State Police. "We have a suspect in custody."

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was discovered in a boat in the backyard of a homeowner in Watertown, who left his home after a lockdown on the area was lifted.

"There was a call that came in to the Watertown police. Three Boston police officers, along with state troopers and FBI agents, responded to Franklin Street," Davis said. "A man had gone out of his house after being inside the house all day, after abiding by our request to stay inside. He walked outside and he saw blood on a boat in the backyard. He then opened a tarp on the top of the boat, and he looked in and saw a man covered with blood. He retreated and called us. We set up a perimeter around that boat, and over the course of the next hour or so, we exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was inside the boat, and ultimately, the hostage rescue team or the FBI made an entry into the boat and removed the suspect, who was still alive in the boat."

A Justice Department official says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will not be read his Miranda rights.

The government is invoking a public safety exception, which is used when police need to protect themselves or the public from immediate danger.

Law enforcement officials can do a limited and focused interrogation of a suspect, which can be introduced as evidence in court.

The suspect will be questioned by a special interrogation team for high-value suspects.

The pursuit of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, intensified Thursday night.

Police began chasing the two brothers after police say they shot and killed MIT campus police officer Sean Collier, 26.

The two men, later identified as the bombing suspects, then carjacked a Mercedes SUV and were pursued by police into Watertown, according to officials.

During the chase, the suspects allegedly fired weapons and threw explosive devices at responding officers, who then returned fire, killing Tamerlan.

Richard Donohue, 33, a Boston transit officer, was also injured in the exchange of fire, according to officials.

Donohue remains hospitalized as a result of his injuries.

NY1 has also learned the FBI interviewed Tamerlan in 2011 on a request from a foreign government, based on information he was a follower of radical Islam.

The bureau did not find any terrorism activity.

Three people were killed and almost 200 injured in Monday's attack.

President Barack Obama said Saturday that the week's events in Boston brought out the best in Americans.

In his first weekly address since the attacks, the president said the bombings failed to shake the country's resolve.

He praised the way Americans responded to the attack and subsequent manhunt.

"In the days since, the world has witnessed one sure and steadfast truth: Americans refuse to be terrorized," Obama said. "Ultimately, that's what we’ll remember from this week. That's what will remain. Stories of heroism and kindness, resolve and resilience, generosity and love."

Obama also congratulated state and federal law enforcement for their swift identification and apprehension of the two suspects.

Republicans echoed Obama's sentiments in their weekly address.

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott called on all Americans to thank law enforcement.

He also had a message for those with plans to attack the United States.

"There is no corner on earth, no hiding place in America that will keep us from finding you," Scott said. "The leaders of this country will do everything in our power to bring justice for the family, and communities impacted. Our freedom is our most precious possession. Any effort to take it away will only strengthen our determination."

Scott also called for prayers for the victims of the bombings and their families.

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