4/18/2013 2:29:00 PM Feds still hunting Boston bomb suspects
BOSTON (AP) — In the front page article yesterday in the Breeze-Courier on the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing, The Associated Press erroneously reported, citing a law enforcement official who insisted on anonymity, that a suspect was in custody and was expected at the federal courthouse.
The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston said shortly after the AP report that no arrests had been made. There have been no subsequent indications that the anonymous official’s account was true.
Investigators in the Boston Marathon bombing pressed the search today for one or two potential suspects spotted on video, while President Barack Obama paid a visit under heavy security to offer words of reassurance to the city and a warning to those responsible for the attack: “We will find you.”
Mountains of marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators zeroed in on a man seen on department store surveillance video dropping off a bag near the finish line and then walking away, City Council President Stephen Murphy said on Wednesday.
In Washington, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said today that the FBI wants to speak with individuals seen in at least one video from the race, but she said she isn’t calling them suspects in the twin bombings Monday that killed three people and wounded more than 170. She gave no details on what the video shows.
At an interfaith service honoring the victims, the president sought to inspire a stricken city and comfort an unnerved nation, declaring that Boston “will run again.”
“We may be momentarily knocked off our feet,” Obama said at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Cross. “But we’ll pick ourselves up. We’ll keep going. We will finish the race.”
There was a heavy police presence around the cathedral as residents lined up before dawn, hoping to get one of the roughly 2,000 seats inside. By 9 a.m., they were being turned away.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said he shared the frustration that those responsible were still at large, but he said solving the case will not “happen by magic.”
“It’s going to happen by doing the careful work that must be done in a thorough investigation,” Patrick said. “That means going through the couple of blocks at the blast scene square inch by square inch and picking up pieces of evidence and following those trails, and that’s going to take some time.”
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. Investigators had appealed to the public to provide videos and photographs from the race finish line.
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. He said he was briefed by Boston police.
Seven bombing victims remained in critical condition.