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Boston stores were expected to reopen Saturday after the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday night.
Dzhokarv Tsarnaev, 19, was taken into custody in Watertown, Mass., and taken by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital. His elder brother was killed by police early Friday morning.
The capture ended a tense day when Boston residents were told to stay in their homes, effectively shorting down the entire city. Nearby communities also were impacted since residents could not get to work.
Boston residents can again leave their homes tonight after the city lifted its shelter-in-place advisory that kept most citizens at home and away from work, which had a major economic impact on the city.
Most Boston businesses were closed today, including leading stores, because of the advisory, which stemmed from the massive manhunt for the second suspect in Monday’s deadly Boston Marathon bombings.
Several major shopping malls in the area were closed all day. Copley Place, the Arsenal Mall in Watertown and The Mall at Chestnut Hill have been closed, according to a spokesman for Simon Property. As of this afternoon, the North Dartmouth Mall in North Dartmouth, Mass., and the New Harbour Mall in nearby Fall River were still open and had no plans to close early.
Heavily armed police and special agents are scouring a 20-block radius in Waltham, Mass., which borders Boston, in search of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who Federal Bureau of Investigation officials identified Thursday as one of two chief suspects believed to be responsible for the terror explosions. His 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, died overnight following a high-speed chase and a shoot-out with police.
Boston residents awoke this morning to prerecorded phone calls from the city advising them to stay at home and indoors. Others received e-mails, calls and texts from their employers. Mass transportation is now operating but Amtrak has suspended train service between Boston and New York indefinitely.
Public and private schools in and around Boston, including Harvard University, Boston College and the area’s numerous other colleges, were shut.
While local, state and federal law enforcement officers continue to conduct a door-to-door search, other safety precautions are being taken beyond the city limits. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has closed and is in the process of what school officials described as “a controlled evacuation of the campus,” because Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a registered student there. State, local and campus police are on campus assisting with the evacuation and conducting a full investigation. UMass Dartmouth is located 73 miles south of Boston.
In another unexpected development, Lord & Taylor has once again come up in the investigation. In addition to providing surveillance video from its Boston Street store that was reportedly integral in helping investigators pinpoint the suspects, the retailer had an incident with the Tsarnaevs’ mother, Zubeidat, last year. She was arrested in June 2012 after stealing more than $1,600 worth of women’s clothing.
Lord & Taylor executives declined to comment Friday.