CNN has reported that investigators believe they've identified a possible suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, based off of video footage of someone leaving a bag at the site of the second explosion. Note, 6 p.m.: This turned into an all-time media shitshow. These were our chronological updates as it played it.
It's not a surprise, considering this one one of the most photographed and filmed attacks in history, but police have apparently identified someone based on surveillance footage from the Lord & Taylor across the street from the second bomb. TV news footage was also used.
The package dropped by the subject supposedly resembles the fragments discovered by investigators, and leaked earlier today. These forensics are presumably more advanced than the internet's crowd-sourced "find everyone with a backpack" search.
BREAKING: Law enforcement official: Arrest imminent in Boston Marathon bombing, suspect to be brought to court.— The Associated Press (@AP) April 17, 2013
CNN is now reporting that an arrest has already been made.
The most recent, now-deleted Lord & Taylor tweet:
Confusion! NBC and CBS are explicitly reporting that no arrest has been made. CNN, the Boston Herald, the AP, and Fox all report that the suspect is in custody.
And now CNN reports that there has been no arrest.
As of 2:35 p.m. EDT, here's what's being reported. CNN: No arrest, no one in custody. Globe: Suspect in custody. Herald: Suspect arrested. Fox News: Suspect arrested. NBC: "Solid leads." CBS: No arrest. AP: Suspect in custody.
Despite reports to the contrary there has not been an arrest in the Marathon attack.— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 17, 2013
Earlier, CNN's John King reported that the suspect was a "dark-skinned male." CBS News now reports that the suspect is a "white male, wearing white baseball cap on backwards, gray hoodie and black jacket." This probably means the suspect is female.
The FBI just released a statement that says, essentially, SMH:
"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."
Actual quote from CNN: "This individual may be known or unknown."
Every media person in the universe is outside the courthouse:
1,000 reporters, no official reason we should be here. twitter.com/jtes/status/32…— jessica testa (@jtes) April 17, 2013
As of 3:00 p.m., your headlines. CNN: "We have reason to believe someone may have been identified." Globe: "Suspect is in custody amid conflicting reports." Herald: No arrest. CBS: Authorities seeking man on video. NBC: Authorities have a face but not a name. ABC: Authorities close to identifying suspect. AP [sic]: "Feds deny reports of Boston suspect is arrested."
BREAKING NEWS: Federal court is being evacuated and a witness says Brigham and Women's Hospital is also being evacuated.— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 17, 2013
False alarm on the hospital thing. Via the Globe:
The Brigham & Women's incident is apparently unrelated; a driver who locked his keys inside the car was helped by a valet parking attendant noticed there were gas cans inside the car and alerted security.
"Back the fuck up!" Officers screaming at reporters storming the street. More unmarked police SUVs pulling to the back of the courthouse.— jessica testa (@jtes) April 17, 2013
Via our friends at Gawker, this was not CNN's finest hour:
A CNN spokesperson has addressed how its earlier report of an arrest came to be:
CNN spox: "CNN had three credible sources on both local and federal levels. Based on this information we reported our findings." (1/2)— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) April 17, 2013
CNN spox: "As soon as our sources came to us with new information we adjusted our reporting.” (2/2)— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) April 17, 2013
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