(UPDATED) NY Post, CBS News Report Saudi National Identified as Possible Suspect in Boston Marathon Explosions; Authorities Question ‘Person of Interest’ at Hospital

People react to a second explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. Credit: AP

Citing Law enforcement sources, the New York Post reported that authorities have identified a potential suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. A 20-year-old is reportedly being guarded in a Boston hospital in unknown condition.

“Investigators have a suspect — a Saudi Arabian national — in the horrific Boston Marathon bombings,” The Post reports.

“The man was caught less than two hours after the 2:50 p.m. bombing on the finish line of the race, in the heart of Boston,” the report adds.

CBS News’ John Miller is also reporting that police have a potential suspect in custody — a Saudi Arabian national.

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Miller said a civilian claims the person, identified as a Saudi national, was acting suspiciously so he chased him down and tackled him following the explosions. The man is reportedly cooperating with investigators and denies any involvement in the explosions.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said in a press conference Monday that they have not identified anyone as a suspect yet. He didn’t specifically deny reports of a potential suspect, but did confirm that no suspect has been formally identified.

The New York Post is standing by its report.

As you can see, there is still a lot of confusion and conflicting reports still circulating. Be advised that this story is developing and initial reports may be inaccurate.

At least two people have been confirmed dead by the Boston Police Department, however, the estimates are not final. Another federal law enforcement source told the Post that there are at least 12 dead and almost 50 injured. In a press conference Monday, police said they couldn’t immediately release an official death toll or the number of people injured in the explosions.

Additionally, Fox News reports that authorities are guarding a “person of interest” but that person hasn’t been identified as a perpetrator or a victim. Citing a federal law enforcement official, ABC’s Pierre Thomas said authorities have identified someone they want to talk to about the suspected bombing. Officials did not say they have an official “suspect,” he added.

CBS News reports that Boston police are reviewing video of someone bringing multiple backpacks to the explosion site.

Update: The Boston Globe reports that authorities are questioning a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombings at Brigham and Women’s hospital.

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Conservative radio host Joe Pags spoke with Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and learned that a 20-year-old, who is in the U.S. on a student visa, is officially a person of interest who is being monitored by authorities.

During a Monday night press conference, officials said there are “no suspects” at this time.

Richard DesLauriers, FBI special agent in charge, would not confirm or deny that authorities have a “person of interest” in the case. He said “evidence analysis” is currently ongoing.


This story has been updated.

Featured image via AP.