Blue Jays VP locked down in Boston during bombing suspect manhunt

Police walk past the site of the first explosion on Boylston St. Wednesday after the street...

Police walk past the site of the first explosion on Boylston St. Wednesday after the street re-opened following the Boston Marathon terrorist attack. (Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:58 PM ET

TORONTO - Stephen Brooks went to sleep after a busy day of class last Thursday.

The Toronto Blue Jays’ senior vice-president of business operations was not asleep for long.

Not on this night.

Not in Boston where he was enrolled in the advanced management program at the Harvard Business School.

Students on the Harvard campus and area awoke to police sirens as squad cars raced past the executive residence dorm along Solider’s Field Dr.

After 10 p.m., a robbery took place at a 7-11 convenience store near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge — a seven-minute walk from Harvard — on the other side of the Charles River.

“Sirens were blaring, enough of them to wake people up,” Brooks was recalling a couple of days ago. “We knew something was going on and not far from us.”

By Friday morning, Brooks and the other students understood what had transpired.


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