Sources: Possible suspects sought in Boston blasts
A photo from witness Ben Thorndike shows a site near one of the Boston bombings, shortly after the blast on Monday.
April 17th, 2013
10:31 PM ET

Sources: Possible suspects sought in Boston blasts

  • After law enforcement sources told CNN that an arrest was made in Boston Marathon bombings, two senior administration officials and another federal official told CNN contributor Fran Townsend that no arrest happened.
  • The bombs, which exploded 12 seconds apart near Boston Marathon finish line Monday, killed three people and wounded 178.
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[Updated, 10:30 p.m. ET] Two men seen in images near the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon - moments before two bombs there exploded - are of "high interest" and are considered "possible suspects," a law enforcement official said.

A circular sent out Wednesday by authorities indicated the attached photos, showing the two men, were being sent around "in an attempt to identify the individuals."The official said the men were of interest because of where they were at a particular time and what they were carrying. One of the men is seen carrying a black backpack.

The source said that authorities had not yet identified the two men by name and that the photographs were not being released to the public for fear of impeding the investigation.

Updated at 9:27 p.m. ET] As of Wednesday night, Boston-area hospitals had released 112 of the 178 treated for injuries sustained in the marathon attack. Thirteen patients are in critical condition, the same number as was reported earlier in the day.

[Updated at 7:32 p.m. ET] The FBI has cancelled its Wednesday news briefing, the Boston police announced. Minutes earlier, police had said the federal agency would make a "brief statement" on the marathon case.

[Updated at 6:09 p.m. ET] "Every hour we're closer" to finding  the person or people responsible for Monday's twin bomb blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday.

[Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET] As of late Wednesday afternoon, Boston-area hospitals had released at least 103 of the 178 people treated for injuries sustained in Monday's attack near the Boston Marathon's finish line, according to a CNN tally.

Thirteen of those still hospitalized remain in critical condition, hospital officials said.

[Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET] A news conference about the Boston Marathon bombings that had been scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. has been postponed.

[Updated at 4:08 p.m. ET] Authorities investigating this week's attack want to question a man who was seen, on video, wearing a white baseball cap as a possible suspect in the case, two official sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

One of the sources said the man had the hat on backwards and was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and a black jacket. The second source said that investigators have not identified this person.

[Updated at 2:58 p.m. ET] The FBI said in a statement Wednesday that no arrest has been made, "contrary to widespread reporting," tied to Monday's Boston Marathon attack.

Before that, following statements from the Justice Department and the Boston police that no arrest has been made, CNN's John King said this:

A federal law enforcement source told him that there has been "significant progress but no arrest." A Boston law enforcement said "we got him," but didn't clarify whether that means authorities have identified a suspect or arrested one.

Some federal sources say that even to say the suspect has been identified goes too far, but several sources in Boston say they have a clear identification.

[Updated at 2:48 p.m. ET] There have been no arrests in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, according to Boston police and the Justice Department.

[Updated at 2:33 p.m. ET] There is conflicting information as to whether someone has been arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.

A federal law enforcement source told CNN's Fran Townsend that someone was arrested. But two senior administration officials and another federal official then told Townsend that there had been a misunderstanding among officials and that no one has been arrested.

[Updated at 2:23 p.m. ET] As news of an arrest spreads, a crowd has been gathering outside a federal courthouse in Boston.

[Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET] The last we heard, a law enforcement news briefing in the bombings case was scheduled for 5 p.m. ET today. We'll see if that holds.

Earlier today, CNN's John King reported that authorities had identified a suspect based on an analysis of video from a Lord & Taylor department store near the site of the second blast, and that video from a Boston TV station also helped. King cited a source who was briefed on the investigation.

[Updated at 2 p.m. ET] The arrest is based on two videos showing images of the suspect, a federal law enforcement source told CNN contributor Fran Townsend.

[Updated at 1:46 p.m.] An arrest has been made in connection with Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, sources tell CNN's John King and CNN contributor Fran Townsend. King's source is with Boston law enforcement, he said; Townsend's source is with federal law enforcement.

[Updated at 1:44 p.m.] While we wait for more information about the possible suspect, some recent information to pass on about one of the three people who were killed in Monday's blasts: Boston University said Lingzi Lu, a graduate student in mathematics and statistics, was killed.

She and two friends were watching the race near the finish line when the blasts erupted, BU Today reported. The second student was in stable condition at Boston Medical Center; the third student was not hurt, it said.

The university said that it had the family's permission to identify Lingzi Lu.

[Posted at 1:40 p.m.] Authorities may have had a breakthrough in the investigation of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings. Investigators believe they have identified a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, a source who has been briefed on the investigation told CNN's John King exclusively.

The breakthrough came from analysis of video from a department store near the site of the second explosion. Video from a Boston television station also contributed to the progress, said the source, who declined to be more specific but called it a significant development.

Earlier, a federal law enforcement source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation told CNN that a lid to a pressure cooker thought to have been used in the bombings had been found on a roof of a building near the scene.

Filed under: Boston • Crime • Massachusetts
soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Rational

    Terrorism is a federal crime, federal court, not State law, feds have death penalty.

    April 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • melody everett

      sounds good to me!!!!

      April 17, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fountain Cityzen

    NBC says that these arrest rumors are not true.

    April 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Beverly Perry

    I don't see in the report where it says what nationality he is., or that he was not from the tea party. Better yet does it really matter. Think of the innocent people that were killed and hurt. we need to start praying for this country and stop all the hate.

    April 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Pray? That's all you're going to do? Pray? That's all you're going to do to prevent future attacks? Nationality has a lot to do with the investigation. Whether it was self motivated or out of hate of America will be related to killer's nationality

      April 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      So our two options are "brown people" or "the tea party"?

      Can we opt for any options that aren't stupid?

      April 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fountain Cityzen

    You have some info we don't?

    April 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Guns are really cool I have 6

    The news is lying no new info

    April 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. aquagroove

    How wonderful video footage can be; In this day and age high definition cameras need to be everywhere !
    Particularly at large gatherings. I wonder if this creature acted alone?

    April 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      Yeah, I agree, and also random cavity searches...can't be too careful

      April 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Richard Jewell

    I wonder if they got the right guy.

    April 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      That is the correct thing to wonder about

      April 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      No they didn't, becuase there is no "Guy". CNN blew the call on an arrest. NO ARREST. The "LAMESTREAM" NBC prudently held back becuase they are a LEGITIMITE NEWS organization. They didn't have two independent sources so nthey didn't go with it. Smart move.

      April 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. exgandydancer

    Yes whom ever did this will suffer the federal penalty

    April 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alex

    NBC & CBS are getting scooped on this one. Arrest has been made

    April 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      No arrest has been made. CNN and the AP are reporting incorrectly.

      April 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tony Danza

    They were able to identify and locate the person this quickly?

    Wow! pretty lucky!

    April 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ryan60657

    Reuters, other news outlets reporting now that NO arrest has been made yet. Looks like CNN broke the news FIRST, but is 100% WRONG. Well done, John King.

    April 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    Amazing erroneous reporting by CNN about an arrest having been made, then refuted in another report on CNN!

    April 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • thomasmc1957

      That's CNN for you, making news when they don't have any.

      April 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greek American

    Why is there a crowd gathering out in front of a Federal Courthouse there?

    April 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Because people watch and trust CNN. Obviously that's a mistake....Rueters, Fox, NBC, CBS all holding off on any reports.

      April 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Julia

    Did this Juliette lady just say reading a terrorist their Miranda Rights is good old fashion police rules that often work? Evil doesn't have a conscience Juliette! Your Obamapolitics have replaced common sense. Somebody take her off the air!!!!!

    April 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John


    April 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
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