Robel Phillpos, a 19-year-old friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev, was indicted Thursday for allegedly making false statements to officials investigating the bombing.
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Phillipos was charged with two counts of making false statements. He was originally charged in May along with two other friends of Tsarnaev’s, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov. Affidavits filed in support of the earlier charges claimed the three men went to Tsarnaev’s room and removed items after Tsarnaev’s photo was released and identified as a bombing suspect. Once Tsarnaev was named, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov allegedly threw out a backpack they had obtained in his room that contained fireworks emptied of powder. Phillipos was accused of knowingly concealing these facts from investigators.
Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov were indicted Aug. 8. At that time, the Associated Press reported a hearing for Phillipos that was scheduled for Aug.12 had been cancelled, and that Phillipos’ attorneys said they were “in talks that could resolve the case.”