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. Superior Spider-Man

    Fox lied to

    April 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nate

    What is wrong with the media?! How does media this day in age report an arrest and there is no arrest. Crazy

    April 17, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. captiosus

    You guys at CNN wonder why I haven't turned on your channel in years? This is why. You race to the bottom to get your "first with breaking news" coverage only for it to turn out to be unverified and inaccurate. I still visit your webpage (obviously) and I'm seeing the exact same garbage there, as well. In the last few months CNN has been "first" with reports on Syria, Iran, and North Korea that ended up being nothing more than sensationalist tripe, debunked when facts actually came out.

    You started a rumor about a suspect and fed the very media machine you're part of by repeating it, causing everyone else to buy into your rumor. Everyone else but the police and you've shown, to the world, that you care more about getting page hits and eyeball views than accurately reporting on a tragedy.

    And the people in the front office can't fathom why viewership is at an all time low and on the decline...?

    April 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      While you're at it CNN, fire Fran Townsend for her reporting of the arrest. This is another reason I watch NBC. They, at least confirm their sources first. What a shame CNN-this may have helped the perpetrator escape.

      April 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan Rather

    Viewers if you're angry with us, we don't blame you!

    April 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • LW

      What happened to reporting the FACTS? You remember those? They're things that are 100% confirmed as truth. Reporters these days don't care about the truth. They only care about being first and being sensational. I don't trust anything the media says anymore. It's all speculation and opinion meant to inflame the public and push agendas.

      April 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeyZ

      Next time Dan, if you care about your job, be sure to vet your sources for simple things. Like whether or not military-issue typewriters in 1972 could print in twelve-point Times New Roman font.

      April 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. shamed

    Great work CNN, if you'll forgive me–I am going to get future updates from The Flash, which is my high school newspaper. I trust their reporting is on par.

    April 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john

    Could you guys actual fact check before you report 'news' about the bombing? Cnn always backtracking on false information.

    April 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. people's is idiots

    just like benghazi. they're trying to cover this up. guaranteed

    April 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. justice for all

    The sad part is that whatever the crime, there is no punishment for the crime. The news media will always use the race card for years and stir up more trouble. There will be so much money spent on a trial and the tax payers will also have to pay for the defense of the alleged criminal. If convicted they will not get what they deserve one free meal and a rope on the town square the next day. They will get free room, health care and board until they die or get out on good behavior. In the end we the US needs to change the laws and punish for the crime. Eye for an eye, justice for the crime!

    April 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Don Wahl

    Now we're getting updates on mis-reported updates.

    April 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sense Tom

    John King and Ac are the only credible reporters on air this afternoon. Wolf needs to be fired. The talkative woman with them needs to go!

    April 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    The reports now say that the authorities have "identified a person of interest' from a video footage. No one in custody.

    April 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Lets just hope that its a solid lead and they get to those responsible.

    April 17, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Calm Down

    CNN is probably correct here. The FBI will announce at their 5pm briefing that an arrest has been made. They just wanted some time to get their ducks in a row before the media & public goes into a frenzy. Then who will have eggs on their faces, the people who lynched CNN. America is supposed to have freedom of the press. If they have arrested the guy, just admit it! Don't let the USA become like China!

    April 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kiter

    You report an arrest, yet there not even close to arresting someone. Yesterday, AC talks about how appauling it is that you can google to find out how to make bombs, then continues to show the book you can buy along with the schematics of bomb-building in the book. Is CNN really that moronic? Holy crap, get over yourselves. Don't you know it's better to be last and accurate than first and wrong? You're a disgrace and should be fined for your false reporting and innacurate facts. You're so stuck on the glamour of the situation, you forget what you're really supposed to be doing. Wow. If you're wondering why I'm on your site, a co-worker told me of your headline snafus. I had to check it out and send you a cyber head-slap.

    April 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sensei Tom

    These guys should be NFL defensive backs. They really know how to backpedal!

    April 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
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