FBI releases photos & videos of 2 suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings
The Federal Bureau of Investigation today released photos and videos of two men who are suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed 3 people and injured more than 170, some gravely.
“Today, we are enlisting the public’s help to identify the two suspects. After a very detailed analysis of photo, video, with other evidence, we are releasing photos of these two suspects,” said Rick DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Division. “We know the public will play a critical role in identifying and locating these individuals. Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members of the suspects. Though it may be difficult, the nation is counting on those with information to come forward and provide it to us.”
The images show two men, both wearing backpacks and baseball caps, walking on Boylston Street (near Gloucester Street) heading toward the finish line of the Boston Marathon “within minutes” before the bombs exploded on Monday afternoon.
Suspect number 1 was wearing a dark baseball cap, a dark hooded jacket, white top, tan-colored pants, and a large black backpack. On Tuesday, DesLauriers disclosed that investigators found pieces of a black nylon backpack that appeared to have been used to transport the pressure cooker bomb, which was stuffed with BBs [ball bearings] and nails.
Suspect number 2 was wearing a white baseball cap backwards, a dark jacket with a gray hood, dark pants, and a large light-colored backpack with black trims.
“As you can see from one of the images, suspects 1 and 2 appear to be walking together through the marathon crowd on Boylston Street in the direction of the finish line. That image was captured as they walked on Boylston at the vicinity of the intersection with Gloucester Street,” said DesLauriers.
DesLauriers said suspect number 2, wearing a white cap, was seen setting down “a backpack at the site of the second explosion just in front of the Forum Restaurant.” The blast injured several restaurant staff members and patrons as well as other bystanders.
Suspect number 2 was seen heading westbound on Boylston Street.
DesLauriers urged the public to review the photos and contact the FBI with any information that may help identify the suspects or locate their whereabouts. To contact the FBI, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI or 1-800-225-5324 or submit the information online at BostonMarathonTips.FBI.gov.
“No bit of information – no matter how small or seemingly inconsequential – is too small for us to see. Each piece moves us toward justice. It is extremely important to contact us with any information regarding the identities of suspect 1 and suspect 2 and their location,” said DesLauriers.
On Tuesday, DesLauriers asked the public to stay vigilant and notify authorities if they know of any individual who demonstrated “suspicious interest in researching how to create explosive devices” or if they have heard explosions in remote areas, “which may have been used as tests,” before Monday’s bombing.
DesLauriers cautioned that the two suspects are considered “armed and extremely dangerous”.
“No one should approach them. No one should attempt to apprehend them except law enforcement,” DesLauriers said.
- WhatTheFolly.com: Boston Marathon bombing
- WhatTheFolly.com: Photo Gallery: Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Press conference remarks by FBI Special Agent Rick DesLauriers on the photos & videos of 2 suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings
- FBI’s website: https://bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov
- FBI.gov: Photographs of the 2 Boston Marathon bombing suspects