After two days of nonstop Internet speculation, CNN’s John King announced that an arrest was made in the Boston Marathon bombing case. The Associated Press cites a law enforcement official to report that the suspect is in custody. By 2:30pm ET, CNN was backing down as Boston Police announced no arrest was made.
The suspect was ID’d based on two independent videos. Some of the footage, which allegedly shows a person placing a black bag near where the blast occurred, came from surveillance cameras in a nearby Lord and Taylor. CBS News tweeted a (vague) description of the suspect: “JUST IN: Man sought as possible suspect is WHITE MALE, wearing white baseball cap on backwards, gray hoodie and black jacket.”
The FBI will hold a press conference at 5pm ET.
NBC News and CBS share a conflicting report: No arrest was made. The Boston Globe, however, confirms CNN’s report.
Update: 2:44pm ET
- CNN stands with Boston Police: no arrest.
- AP: Suspect in custody, heading to court.
- CBS: Suspect ID’d.
Redditors and 4chan users alike flocked to their respective forums this week to pore over photos of the explosions, ID’ing a number of people whose backpacks or proximity to the crime scene seemed suspicious.
Update: 7:05pm ET: The scheduled FBI media briefing has been postponed. No new time has been set for an announcement. CBS reports that investigators are considering releasing a photo of a Boston bombing suspect, but will not do so tonight.
This story is developing.
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