Boston official: Video footage shows bomb suspect

Politician says authorities are on verge of making arrest.
Associated Press
Apr 18, 2013

 

In what could be major break in the Boston Marathon case, investigators are on the hunt for a man seen in a department store surveillance video dropping off a bag at the site of the bombings, a local politician said Wednesday.

Separately, a law enforcement official confirmed that authorities have found an image of a potential suspect but don't know his name.

The development — less than 48 hours after the attack, which left three people dead and more than 170 wounded — marked a possible turning point in a case that has investigators analyzing photos and videos frame by frame for clues to who carried out the twin bombings and why.

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City Council President Stephen Murphy, who said he was briefed by Boston police, said investigators saw the image on surveillance footage they got from a department store near the finish line and matched the findings with witness descriptions of someone leaving the scene.

"I know it's very active and very fluid right now — that they are on the chase," Murphy said. He added: "They may be on the verge of arresting someone, and that's good."

The bombs were crudely fashioned from ordinary kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and ball bearings, investigators and others close to the case said. Investigators suspect the devices were then hidden in black duffel bags and left on the ground.

As a result, they were looking for images of someone lugging a dark, heavy bag.

One department store video "has confirmed that a suspect is seen dropping a bag near the point of the second explosion and heading off," Murphy said.

A law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity confirmed only that investigators had an image of a potential suspect whose name was not known to them and who had not been questioned.

Several media outlets reported that a suspect had been identified from surveillance video taken at a Lord & Taylor department store between the sites of the bomb blasts.

The turn of events came with Boston in a state of high excitement over conflicting reports of a breakthrough.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told the AP around midday that a suspect was in custody. The official, who was not authorized to divulge details of the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the suspect was expected in federal court. But the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Boston said no arrests had been made.

By nightfall, there was no evidence anyone was in custody. No one was taken to court. The law enforcement official, who had affirmed there was a suspect in custody even after federal officials denied it, was unable to obtain any further information or explanation.

At least 14 bombing victims remained in critical condition. Dozens have been released from hospitals, and officials at three hospitals that treated some of the most seriously injured said they expected all their remaining patients to survive.

On Wednesday, investigators in white jumpsuits fanned out across the streets, rooftops and awnings around the blast site in search of clues. They picked through trash cans, plastic cup sleeves and discarded sports drink dispensers.

Boston remained under a heavy security presence, and some people admitted they were nervous about moving about in public spaces.

Tyler King, a personal trainer from Attleboro who works in Boston, said four of five clients canceled on him a day earlier because they were worried about venturing into the city. He took the train in, but "I kind of kept my head on a swivel."

Kenya Nadry, a website designer, took her 5-year-old nephew to a playground.

"There's still some sense of fear, but I feel like Boston's resilient," she said. "The fine men in blue will take care of a lot of it."

Police were stationed on street corners across downtown Boston, while National Guardsmen set up tents on the Boston Common and stationed tactical vehicles.

Dr. Horacio Hojman, associate chief of trauma at Tufts Medical Center, said patients were in surprisingly good spirits when they were brought in.

"Despite what they witnessed, despite what they suffered, despite many of them having life-threatening injuries, their spirits were not broken," he said. "And I think that should probably be the message for all of us — that this horrible act of terror will not bring us down."

President Barack Obama and his challenger in the last election, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, planned to visit Boston on Thursday to attend a service honoring the victims.

The blasts killed 8-year-old Martin Richard, of Boston, and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, of Medford. The Shenyang Evening News, a state-run Chinese newspaper, identified the third victim as Lu Lingzi, a graduate student at Boston University.

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Associated Press writers Jay Lindsay, Pat Eaton-Robb, Steve LeBlanc, Bridget Murphy and Meghan Barr in Boston; Eileen Sullivan, Julie Pace and Lara Jakes in Washington; and Marilynn Marchione in Milwaukee contributed to this report.

 

Comments

bullydogs1971

Authorities circulate photos of two men spotted carrying bags near site of Boston bombings
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/nat...
Obama meets with Saudi foreign minister, discusses Syria....The meeting was not on Obama's public schedule.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/obama-m...
Fox News..Saudi boston bombing suspect to be deported on national security grounds?
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?fea...
Obama Covering Up Saudi Link to Boston Bombing?
http://www.infowars.com/obama-co...

JACKEL

I almost throw up every time his face comes over my T.V. screen.Lies,Lies,Lies !When are we going to be able to hear from the Benghazi survivors?

bullydogs1971

thank you for restoring my post.

bullydogs1971

Craft International Private Military Forces at Boston Marathon?
There has been much discussion over the two individuals fitted with earpieces and military-esque gear spotted at the Boston Marathon, but as it turns out they may likely be employees of the Blackwater-style private military/security firm Craft International.
http://www.thecraft.com/
http://www.infowars.com/craft-in...

tk

If they are innocent then they should come forward so that officials don't waste time looking for them.

Centauri

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/...
"Were the bombers dressed like runners? Pictures show two 'suspects' wearing sports gear and holding bags near the marathon finish line - but FBI refuses to release the images"

bullydogs1971

Breaking: Police Confirm Infowars Photos of Boston Suspects
http://www.infowars.com/breaking...
Authorities circulate photos of two men spotted carrying bags near site of Boston bombings
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/nat...

S w Rand 2016

Excerpt from the SR article: "A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told the AP around midday that a suspect was in custody. The official, who was not authorized to divulge details of the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the suspect was expected in federal court. But the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Boston said no arrests had been made.

By nightfall, there was no evidence anyone was in custody. No one was taken to court. The law enforcement official, who had affirmed there was a suspect in custody even after federal officials denied it, was unable to obtain any further information or explanation."

The Fox News clip about a Saudi national being deported on grounds of "national security" is starting to become very interesting.

goofus

Rand, Fox news is right, a Saudi national a suspect all along will be deported because of his friendship to a high ranking Saudi family. His file from 3 days ago has been sealed and soon his deportation should be sealed with all of Obozo's records.

The Big Dog's back

Fox is not, I repeat, is not a credible news source.

shucks

Oh,oh, another conspiracy !

bullydogs1971

Authorities have clear video images of two suspects in Boston Marathon bombings, official says
http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/...

bullydogs1971

You have got to be kidding me??

US House of Representatives passes CISPA cybersecurity bill
http://rt.com/usa/congress-house...

luvblues2

I'm sorry, this sounds like a contradiction in terms:

"Earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs and our privacy. Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks,” the president said.

Here: "strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing"

In that context the SR may as well give all of us the keys to their server so that we can make certain it stays secure. WTF?

Another one of those, "we had to destroy it in order to save it" scenarios..

bullydogs1971

FBI Releases Images of Suspects in Boston Marathon Bombing
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/sp...

arnmcrmn

Both brothers had YouTube channels in the United States and in Russia. Emerson's group reviewed about half of the 22 videos posted on the U.S. channel. The videos were viewed by a small number of people. One video received 5,000 views, another just 1,000 views.
Based on the content of the videos, which feature Bin Laden, calls to kill Americans, Jews, Christians and exhortations to establish a world-wide caliphate, it is clear that these message are not directed just at Chechens. "They are directed primarily against all non-Muslims and are very similar to the Al Qaeda videos we've seen in years past."
The two brothers clearly want "to express a message that they totally sympathize with the jihadist cause. These were jihadists, they were not just Chechen separatists."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2...