BOSTON – The Massachusetts man who found the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect hiding in his boat was glad to be able to help and feels lucky to be alive, he said Tuesday.
If I help these people that lost people, if I can help them in their mind, then everything is good with me here, David Henneberry, of Watertown, said in an interview aired Tuesday by WCVB-TV in Boston.
Henneberry said he went outside to get some air and check his boat Friday evening after police lifted a shelter-in-place order following an intense daylong manhunt for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Henneberry said he did not see any blood but noticed that two bumper pads he had placed between his boat, the Slip Away II, and its shrink wrap cover had fallen to the ground. He thought it might have been the wind.
When he first went to check, he found a loose strap and went back in his house. But he decided to take another look from a ladder.
I got three steps up the ladder and rolled the shrink wrap. I didnt expect to see anything, but I saw blood on the floor of the boat. A good amount of blood, he told WCVB. He said he saw more blood and noticed a motionless body.
He was just lying there by the engine block and the floor. I couldnt see his face. Im glad I didnt see his face, Henneberry said. The man still didnt move.
Henneberry said that he doesnt remember going down the ladder to call 911, but that I didnt waste any time. He said police took him and his wife to a neighbors home.
After an exchange of gunfire with police, Tsarnaev was arrested.
I am lucky I am alive, Henneberry said. These other people were killed. Sometimes, I just sit and say, Wow.
He said he is aware of talk on social media about efforts to buy him a new boat – it was damaged during the police activity – but that he would rather people make donations to the One Fund organization, formed to help Boston bombing victims.
Slip Away is slipping away, he said. But I say it did its job.
Suspect influenced by Muslim friend
In the years before the Boston Marathon bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev fell under the influence of a new friend, a Muslim convert who steered the religiously apathetic young man toward a strict strain of Islam, family members said.
Under the tutelage of a friend known to the Tsarnaev family only as Misha, Tamerlan gave up boxing and stopped studying music, his family said. He began opposing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He turned to websites and literature claiming that the CIA was behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and Jews controlled the world.
Somehow, he just took his brain, said Tamerlans uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, who recalled conversations with Tamerlans worried father about Mishas influence. Efforts over several days by The Associated Press to identify and interview Misha have been unsuccessful.
Suspect bought mortar kits
The older of the two Boston bombing suspects bought two mortar kits from a New Hampshire fireworks store in February, although the amount of gunpowder the kits would have supplied wouldnt have been enough on its own to detonate the bombs, company officials said Tuesday.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev bought two Lock and Load reloadable mortar kits containing 24 shells each on the evening of Feb. 6, said April Walton, the manager of Phantom Fireworks in Seabrook. He paid $200 cash but scanned his drivers license into the companys computer system as required by store policy.
We have a bank of computers at the front end where we greet everyone and hand out safety fliers, she said. He was just an average customer. ... He signed in, walked around and purchased the kits with cash.
The amount of gunpowder that could be harvested from the kits – less than a pound and a half – would not have been enough to detonate the Boston bombs, company vice president William Weimer said, although its possible some of that powder may have been used.