TULSA - As federal, state and local law enforcement searched for 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev Friday morning near Watertown, Massachusetts, Bostonians were put on high alert and asked to stay in their homes. Included in the shelter-in-place was Jeff Geld, who lived in Tulsa for 12 years prior to moving to Boston.
Geld, who learned of the lockdown during a press conference with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, began shelter-in-place around 8:30 a.m. EST.
"At first, it was just the surrounding towns of Watertown, but then at the press conference, he extended that. He basically just said, 'Listen, you know, just stay off the roads.' The completely shut down public transportation. They blocked taxis from being able to pick up people," he said.
When Geld first moved to Boston in 2007, he chose an area near Watertown for its affordability. Geld describes the area as a lower-middle class, blue-collar town. He refers to the area as a diverse place, similar to midtown Tulsa.
Geld received pictures of the Friday morning Watertown police activity from friends, who were the source of his concern throughout the morning.
"I'm definitely worried for the people around, you know, where it's going on," he said.
Despite the horrific events that have dominated discussion since Monday, Geld says he's never seen a friendlier Boston.
"The mood has been uplifting, surprisingly," he said. "It's almost like we've seen a different side of Boston."
The shelter-in-place, which included the shutdown of mass transit and the taxi system, was lifted close to 6:30 p.m. EST.
Less than three hours later, authorities cornered a wounded Tsarnaev found hiding in a boat, reportedly covered in blood. A intense standoff eventually led to the 19-year-old's detainment.
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