A sister of the Boston bombing suspects has been arrested in New York on suspicion of making a bomb threat against a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend.
Ailina Tsarnaeva, who lives in North Bergen, New Jersey, made the threat against an upper Manhattan woman via telephone on Monday, police said. She turned herself in at a Manhattan police precinct, and police charged her with aggravated harassment.
Several media outlets reported Tsarnaeva told the Harlem woman she had “people who can go over there and put a bomb on you”.
Officers gave Tsarnaeva an appearance ticket and released her pending a September 30 court date.
A telephone number linked to Tsarnaeva was disconnected. Her lawyer, George Gormley, said he had left his office and would speak on Thursday.
Tsarnaeva has been required to check in with Massachusetts probation officers since prosecutors said she failed to cooperate with a 2010 counterfeiting investigation.
Prosecutors said Tsarnaeva picked up someone who passed a counterfeit bill at a restaurant at a Boston mall and “lied about certain salient facts during the investigation.”
At a hearing last October, Gormley said Tsarnaeva was pregnant with her second child and was unlikely to flee.