Possible breakthrough in the Boston Marathon bombing case! Various media sources are reporting that a suspect has been identified in this case, and many outlets jumped right to reporting an arrest or imminent arrest. However, neither of these reports has been confirmed, not the identity or the arrest. But I think we can all agree, SOMETHING big is going down in this case.
An ID, let alone an arrest, would mean incredibly fast work on the part of the Boston Police Department and the multiple federal agencies involved. We're all desperate to know more about the person who committed this horrifying act, but we have to breathe and try to take it in as it comes. Let's hope justice is in sight.
Here's what we know about this possible suspect so far!
The first news we heard came when a source briefed in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation told CNN's John King that they found "clear facial ID of a suspect." The image reportedly shows a man carrying a bag (and possibly dropping it) at the second explosion site on Boylston Street. The bag matches the description of the one believed to have been used to transport the bomb. The image they're using is said to have come from a surveillance camera at the Lord & Taylor department store across the street. The source told King that the suspect in the photo is a dark-skinned male.
Since this news about a possible identification broke, there have been a lot of unconfirmed reports, but we must wait and see.
There will be a press briefing at 5:00 p.m. ET, and we will follow up with any new details as they come in.
Update 4:50pm ET
The FBI has released the following statement:
No Arrest Made in Bombing Investigation
Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Press release
According to The Boston Globe, today's press conference is delayed if not postponed. No further details on reschedule.
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