Former valley resident spent Friday on lockdown near Boston |

Former valley resident spent Friday on lockdown near Boston

WATERTOWN, Mass. – A former valley resident spent his Friday locked in his home in Watertown, Mass., in the heart of the search for a suspected terrorist.

Joe F. – he didn’t want his last name published – lived in the Vail Valley from 2001 through 2009. He’s been in Watertown for the past two years, where he works as a transportation engineer for a company with its office just blocks from the police command center.

Virtually all of Boston was locked down Friday as authorities searched for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the suspects in Monday’s bombing at the finish area of the Boston Marathon. After a night that saw car chases and gun battles that resulted in the death of a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, authorities shut down the city’s mass transit system and ordered residents to “shelter in place” at their homes.

That’s where Joe was Friday afternoon, home, with his wife, in a home a couple of miles from the command center. He’d received a call from his employer about 6 a.m. Friday, checking to make sure he was safe, and urging him to stay at home.

Despite the chaotic scene outside, Joe said he and his wife felt safe at home.

“We can hear the choppers overhead and sirens of the cars as they’re going by, but we’re fine,” he said.

As the manhunt for Tsarnaev dragged into the late afternoon, Joe said he and his wife were considering “evacuating to Connecticut, if we can get out.” But, he said, he didn’t feel like he or his neighbors were in any immediate danger, something he’d told friends and relatives via texts, calls and e-mails.

“We have vigilant neighbors, and with all the cops, we would know if something was coming,” he said.

Business Editor Scott N. Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930 or The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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