A Boston marathon suspect has been ID’d through security video but not yet arrested, a US law enforcement source said on Wednesday.
Police have sought information from the public related to Monday’s bombing, which claimed the lives of three people and injured more than 170. The FBI called for anyone with video of the bombing to share it with them, and police may make another public appeal for information about a suspect.
Throughout the day Wednesday, there were conflicting reports circulating on whether a Boston suspect had been ID’d. Some news outlets reported that the suspect had been arrested, though those reports were late rescinded
An FBI representative clarified that the Boston Marathon bombing suspect was not yet arrested.
“Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.”
There has been many conflicting reports about the identity of the Boston Marathon bomber. Shortly after the attack, the New York Post and Fox News reported that police had a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian national in custody, but that turned out to be false.
Investigators have been looking through thousands of pieces of evidence, ranging from pictures to bits of the bomb pulled from victims’ legs. They discovered that the bombs used in the attack were placed in pressure cookers and hidden inside black nylon bags near the finish line of the race.
Authorities may ID the Boston suspect on Wednesday, and have a new conference planned for 5 pm. A video link to the conference is available here.