Boston official: Video footage shows bomb suspect

Associated Press

U.S. Marshals in tactical gear stand guard outside Boston's Moakley Federal Court House after if was evacuated Wednesday. The building was evacuated amid conflicting reports that a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is in custody.

BOSTON —  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.

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, including three children, remained in critical condition. Dozens of victims 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. A 2-year-old boy with a head injury was improving and might go home Thursday, Boston Children's Hospital said.

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.

Obama signed an emergency declaration for Massachusetts on Wednesday and ordered federal aid to supplement the local response to the bombings.

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.

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.

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Steve  Dosh's picture

Boston Marathon Bombing: Suspect in custody

Mainers , Weds., hump day 08:40 hst ?

Guilty until proven innocent in a court of law by a jury of his \ her peers •
/s , Dr. Dosh , jury member ( non - felon )
Q: What do you think ?
A: ________________ <- ?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Thought we'd never agree on

Thought we'd never agree on anything, but here we are; The Doctor and The Pirate.
I would add one thing though. They do absolutely nothing to him/her until he/she has been summarily waterboarded.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Do the crime and do the time, unless;

Innocent until proven guilty
That’s what they say
But they just want you to pay
For a crime
Even one you didn’t commit
They just want you to do time

Noel Foss's picture

Do the crime and do the time unless:

You've got money, fame, or friends in high places. Or you can run really fast and hop the fence into Mexico (though sometimes doing the time might be a better option).

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

You are implying

?...hopping the fence back into Mexico...are you attacking my heritage, my name?

WWI and WWII, Vietnam Vets, born in USA, Mexican/Canadian French Americans...

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture


Left out my brother, Iraq Vet...all our names are on the Veterans wall memorial in yours?

Noel Foss's picture

Touchy much, Jerry?

Read my comment again and pay attention.
I never said "BACK" into Mexico, you inserted that all on your own. I was simply giving an example of a common country for accused criminals in the US to flee to, since it's got a poorly protected border and extradition is difficult even if they find you.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture


not clear to read thru your first comment of definition but I see you define it better on the second..accepted...

Noel Foss's picture


No harm, no foul, I guess.

Noel Foss's picture

HA! That's funny.

People disagree with the above comment?
"I disagree with your reconciliation! Burying the hatchet is unacceptable!"

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Don't know what to tell you

It seems that those that have the negative ways of pissing their mark, with no rebuttal or comment to defend the disagree are shallow on not showing who they are that leave the mark.

I have said to SJ that the Disagree radio button should not be allowed without a valid comment to defend the disagreed marker of silence.

I accept your clarification and others seem to not, oh well...

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Your words: exactly

and hop the fence into Mexico....INTO...

Noel Foss's picture

Yes. Good job.

How is that about you? The rest of the post wasn't (unless you're rich, famous, and have friends in high places); why would the last bit be?
INTO Mexico because if you're fleeing from a crime committed in the US, hopping INTO the the US from Mexico would be pointless, wouldn't it? Or have you never heard of anybody from the US fleeing into Mexico before?
Hell, I'll change it to Canada if it'll unbunch your panties, but they've got a much better system of law enforcement, so they'd be a lot more likely to catch said offender and return them to the US.

RONALD RIML's picture

Noel - Keep digging deeper......

I knew a fellow in Mexico who got a U.S. Visa based on a job offer from a Lewiston business - that couldn't get the deadbeat welfare bums to work....

Noel Foss's picture


Not sure how that's relevant, but I'm sure it's true.
I avoid the Lewiston Hannaford on the EBT weeks because it goes from "moderately busy" to "madhouse zoo" once those EBT deposits come in.

Steve  Dosh's picture

all 08:53 am ish hst

all 08:53 am ish hst ?
ƒantasy , ƒolklore , ƒable & ƒiction ?
We'll catch 'em ?
We always do • /s Steve " Just US " ;)


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