I-Team: Bombing suspects visited Providence club
The NBC 10 I-Team has learned of another Rhode Island connection with the alleged Boston Marathon bombers.
The I-Team has learned that on the night the two alleged bombers shot an MIT police officer and were driving in a 1999 Honda Civic, the FBI put out a be-on-the-lookout for the Honda. The BOLO included the Honda Civic's license plate registration.
On that night, a parking lot attendant for a lot near Throop Alley, off North Main Street in Providence, was using a computer software program designed to keep track of cars parked in the lot by taking pictures of the automobile's license plate registration numbers.
"We had on record, there's a program that helps you operate a parking lot, and we take pictures of the plates," said Charles Tapalian, the parking lot owner. "On three different occasions recently, we had the plates of these two bombers from Boston."
Tapalian said he called the FBI.
"The FBI requested we give them the pictures. We made copies of the parking lot computer program and data and handed it over to them," Tapalian said.
Tapalian said one or both alleged bombers visited the State Ultra Lounge on Throop Alley next to one of his parking lots.
Tapalian said he turned the pictures over to the FBI two or three days after the capture of the Tsarnaev brothers.
Tapalian also said his parking lot attendants believe two of the three men arrested Wednesday for allegedly helping Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after the bombings also frequented the State Ultra Lounge.
The FBI, state police and Providence police had no comment on this report.
A man identifying himself as the manager of the State Ultra Lounge told the I-Team he was not aware of visits by any of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing case.