Boston Suspect’s Friend in Custody: ‘I’m an Average Guy’

A YouTube video uploaded last year shows Robel Phillipos, one of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's three college friends currently held by police.

Robel Phillipos (YouTube)

UPDATED Monday, April 22, 2:03 p.m. EDT: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using weapons of mass destruction, and the White House has announced that he will be tried in civilian court, reports NBC News.

“He will not be treated as an enemy combatant. We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

“Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions. And it is important to remember that since 9/11 we have used the federal court system to convict  and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.”

Tsarnaev, 19, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Chechen origin, made his initial court appearance at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical  Center, where he was listed in serious condition.

UPDATED Monday, April 22, 11:35 a.m. EDT: Following his last statement regarding the capture of the second Boston-bombing suspect on Friday, President Obama has asked for a moment of silence on Monday at 2:50 p.m. EDT to remember victims Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu and Martin Richard, according to USA Today.

UPDATED Friday, April 19, 10:20 p.m. EDT: In remarks reminding the nation that we are “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” President Obama addressed Americans Friday evening after bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custory. In remarks made at the White House, the president lauded law enforcement and spoke about those who were killed or wounded in the Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath. Of the suspects, he said, “Whatever hateful agenda drove these men to such heinous acts will not and cannot prevail … they failed because as Americans, we refuse to be terrorized.” He also said, “that spirit includes remaining true to the diversity that makes this nation strong,” and that “it’s important that we do this right” by letting the justice system take its course and “not rush to judgment, not about the motivations of these individuals, certainly not about entire groups of people.”

Referring to a separate tragedy that was overshadowed in the media by the events in Boston, President Obama said about the many victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, “I want them to know that they are not forgotten.”

Earlier, Boston Police Chief Ed Davis said that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in “serious condition” in the hospital. Reuters reports that he was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.

UPDATED Friday, April 19, 8:50 p.m. EDT: The Boston Police Department tweeted that marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is “in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info.” The suspect was found in a boat parked in the backyard of a residence in Watertown, Mass.

UPDATED Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. EDT: After numerous reports of shots fired in Watertown, Mass., CBS News is reporting via Twitter that Boston’s Mayor Tom Menino told WBZ that a man, believed to be the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is “surrounded by police in a boat sitting in a residential backyard.”