Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s sister appears in court for alleged bomb threat

Ailina Tsarnaeva

Ailina Tsarnaeva

With the Boston Marathon bombing trial looming, the Tsarnaev family is engulfed in legal problems and drama

On Aug. 25, a New York City woman caught up in a messy child custody battle with her ex-boyfriend got into a fight on the phone with her former flame’s new girlfriend. According to the police, heated words were exchanged, and the girlfriend, who also has a child with the man, was subsequently arrested and charged with harassment after she allegedly threatened the other woman’s life.

It was an altercation that likely would have been buried in the reams of other ugly domestic disputes in New York. Except the accused was Ailina Tsarnaeva, the 24-year-old sister of alleged Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. And, according to police, she allegedly threatened the other woman by telling her, “I have people. I know people that can put a bomb where you live.”

Tsarnaeva appeared in New York Criminal Court on Tuesday. She entered a not guilty plea to two charges of aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor, for allegedly threatening her boyfriend’s 23-year-old former girlfriend, who has not been named in the dispute. (Tsarnaeva’s friends have said the man is her husband, but police have referred to him as her boyfriend.)

A resident of North Bergen, N.J., Tsarnaeva turned herself in on Aug. 27 and was released on a desk appearance ticket, which allows a defendant to bypass jail and appear in court at a later date. But she was led away in handcuffs after her court appearance Tuesday after prosecutors said she violated an order of protection by driving past the other woman’s home earlier this month. Her bail was set at $5,000.

Tsarnaeva’s brush with the law has renewed interest in an already troubled family caught up in the Boston attacks, which remain largely shrouded in mystery 17 months later…

h/t Ken Z.