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.
  • Full story here; also, see CNN affiliates WBZ; WCVB; WHDH

[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. Terry

    Chain him up, take a stick of dynamite and wrap it around his knee, set a timer so that he won't know when it will go off, and watch him squirm and panic like the coward he is

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


    April 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. concerned citizen

    Watching cnn live and the commentator lady in the green/brown jacket next to anderson is really hyper and not able to report on a difficult situation in a calm manner. Can someone get her an ativan and tell her to slow down and stop talking?

    April 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    The female TV reporter on CNN is making some incredible inflammatory statements.

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

      I totally agree with you...she is so full of herself

      April 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • kayo

      CNN please hire ppl with substance...

      April 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • kayo

      The only fact that came out of CNN this afternoon is ...You guys don't know Crap

      April 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • dbloweiv

      I was just blown away by her comments. Seems she needs to quit her day job and go into law enforcement because she seems to have this solved. Between her know it all comments spouting misinformation and watching her constantly on her I phone, I'm turning the channel.

      April 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leelee

      That woman is just plain annoying...I'm changing stations

      April 17, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. boungiorno

    patience is what is needed & AMERICA WILL GET YOU WE ARE REAL CLOSE!

    April 17, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mabailey57

    It's a act of terrorism he/she has not rights...i think he/she should get the chair or needle..

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

    i'm watching cnn and anderson cooper and these 2 other reporter for half an hour speculate that an arrest has been made. Reporters should be reporting facts and not speculate. Horrible

    April 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    I'm changing my CNN TV channel to watch a more professional news reporting on this story.

    April 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sue

    Someone tell that woman on CNN to stop talking and interrupting. She continues to jump to conclusions.

    April 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. exgandydancer

    the final execution of any justice to whom ever did this should be public, not like what happened to whats his name, that they dumped him in the ocean, more like sandy beach and virgins

    April 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |


    April 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Capt Chuck

    I will no longer watch CNN for news. This is the worst example of sensationalism and erroneous reporting I have ever seen. Doesn't anyone at CNN see this as a total embarrassment?. This is the worst reporting I have ever seen in my life. CNN has become the total joke of news reporting. And by the way. Stop using disabled veterans for news stories if your not gonna follow up on VA abuse of veterans. Stop using their pain and abuse for your news stories unless you follow thru.

    April 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MelB

    CNN & Ross Perot: the most trusted sources in America. Larry, I'm in! No I'm out! No wait, I'm back in! No I'm out. I'm in! I'm out!

    April 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scott

    "Conflicting Reports" Ha! The only outlier here is CNN the only so-called NEWS organization reporting that an arrest had been made! Admit it, you blew it. You went on the air with a report that an arrest had been made. What was your second source CNN? Admit it, your standards are terrible. You're a ratings hound and you BLEW the call.

    April 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. me

    Public hanging with full media coverage! Get these freaks to understand America means business whether it is domestic or foreign terrorism. Americans have to many morals! It is time to throw them out the window and take our country back. I would love to be able to go somewhere and/OR send my kids to school without fear of being blown away. Desperate times call for desperate measures people!

    April 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
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