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“Person of Interest” in FBI Custody in Boston

April 16th, 2013 - 5:55 am

It’s not much, but it’s what we have so far:

Police took a 20-year-old Saudi national into custody near the scene of yesterday’s horrific Boston Marathon bomb attack, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

The potential suspect was questioned by the FBI and local police yesterday at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was under heavy guard while being treated for shrapnel injuries to his leg sustained in the blast.

In late afternoon, a large group of federal and state law enforcement agents raided an apartment in a building in the Saudi man’s hometown of Revere, Mass.

FBI agents could be seen through one window. It was not clear what, if anything, they found. But Revere fire officials said they were called out to support bomb-squad officers as part of an investigation of a “person of interest” in the marathon attack

If I’m reading the timeline correctly, officials began searching the apartment at 5:30 yesterday evening, and had not yet released the POI as of 2:35 this morning when the story was last updated.

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According to official statements at the presser they held this morning, there are no suspects in custody. Now, others have pointed out the parsing of "in custody" vs. "person of interest", but it sounds like the authorities are either trying to be *really* nuanced, or they do not, in fact, have anyone in their hands.

There were also only two devices, both of which exploded, obviously. All of the other suspicious packages were cleared. Someone made the point yesterday (can't remember if I read it or heard it on one of the feeds) that many of the runners leave yellow bags lying by the side of the road near the finish line. They keep their keys, wallets, clothing, etc. in them. Can you imagine the amount of work the cops have to go through to sort through every single one of them?

What a Charlie Foxtrot. I hope every single person who suffered an injury is offered free entry into the marathon next year, and given a special send-off at the beginning of the race. Front and center. It won't in any way make up for their loss, especially the amputees. But it'd be a great way to tell the world to take a flying leap.
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