FBI Releases Photos of Boston Bombing Suspects

Federal investigators have zeroed in on two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured 175 more on April 15, releasing photos and video of the two men in an appeal for the public to help locate and identify them

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Two images taken from surveillance video of men the FBI are calling suspect No. 2, in white cap, and suspect No. 1, in black cap, as they walk near each other through the crowd before the explosions at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013

Federal investigators have zeroed in on two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured 175 more on April 15, releasing photos and video of the two men on Thursday in an appeal for the public to help locate and identify them.

The photos, published on the FBI’s website, offer the first public glimpse of the men investigators believe are responsible for planting separate homemade bombs near the finish line of the marathon on Boston’s Boylston Street. One of the men is pictured in a black cap, dark jacket, white T-shirt and tan-colored pants. The second man is wearing a white cap backwards and a dark jacket. Footage released by the FBI shows the two men toting backpacks as they walk, just a few paces apart, along a sidewalk crowded with bystanders.

Anyone with information on the suspects should call 800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or go to bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov.

The first major break in the nationwide manhunt came after investigators combed through surveillance images and followed thousands of leads to identify a person of interest, which in turn led them to the second suspect, FBI special agent Richard DesLauriers told reporters at a Thursday afternoon news conference. According to DesLauriers, surveillance revealed the second suspect, in the white hat, placing a bag thought to contain a crude but effective homemade bomb in front of the Forum restaurant on Boylston Street near the finish line of the marathon, just minutes before the device detonated. He then went west on Boylston Street.

From there, it’s unclear where the two men — whoever they are — have gone. And so the FBI made the decision to release photos of the two men and set up a tip line to gather additional leads. “We know the public will play a critical role in identifying and locating these individuals,” DesLauriers said. “The nation is counting on those with information to come forward and provide it to us.”

“If you look at these video tapes there are thousands of people walking by over the course of a couple of minutes, so it takes 400, 500 views until you start to see the patterns evolve. So it’s a very labor-intensive process,” Boston police commissioner Ed Davis tells TIME.

The fact that the FBI labeled the men “suspects” vs. “persons of interest” indicates they have strong evidence that these are the men behind the bombings. Authorities are hoping that by crowdsourcing the identification with such clear imagery, the suspects will not only be identified but also located quickly. “We are diligently working on this,” Davis says. “We’re sparing no expense to find these guys. We are asking everybody to give us as much help as possible.”

The decision to publicize photos of the suspects comes three days into a frenetic scramble to identify the bombers before they slip away. “They’re off and running,” Republican Congressman Michael McCaul of Texas, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told TIME on Thursday afternoon before the photos were unveiled. “Every day that goes by, the case gets a little bit colder and more difficult.”

The suspects are considered armed and dangerous, DesLauriers said, urging bystanders not to approach them. “Identifying and locating those responsible is now our highest priority,” he said. “This is our focus now.” And that of the country; within minutes, the FBI’s website buckled and crashed under the weight of search traffic.

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Watergate
Watergate

What if it was all a distraction so CISPA could be passed just 3 days later, on the 18th, an act that previously came up against so much public opposition it was thrown out by the Senate.  Whilst everyones attention is focused on the bombing why pass such a controversial bill?    

JohnDahodi
JohnDahodi

who won and who failed in BOSTON?In my opinion, the two terrorist brothers and their mentors won in their heinous plot but the America's Security agencies; miserably failed in their task of defeating terrorists and terrorism. HOW? (i) Terrorists would like to kill as few as they can but spread the fear to as many as it can. They won. (ii) Terrorists would like to prolong their operation as many hours more as they can. They won again. (iii) Terrorists also like to  cripple the normal lives of thousands of people for long time. They won on this point too. and (iv) Terrorist like to inflict the economical blow as severely as they can. They won on this point without any doubt. The Boston police force and other security agencies failed miserably to weed out the known terrorist (elder brother was known to the police-FBI) from this crowd, failed to catch him for 3 long days, failed to killed them without losing their own, and allowed the terrorists to run away so easily from their hands and the worst among all imposed their own blockade on 4 million people to stay in their homes for almost a day. We will hear many stories of bravery and professionalism in the media, but the bottom line is it was a very poor show of our security agencies, and need to be investigated by a high level commission, so next time under such scenario, the TERRORISTS should NOT WIN.  

IsraelIII
IsraelIII

ALSO: CALL THE MOTHER OF THE BOYS, IF THE FATHER DOESN'T WANT YOU TO SPEAK TO HER THEN THERE IS SOMETHING SHE KNOWS. I DON'T BELIEVE THE FATHER AT ALL. 

1. He is way too defensive.

2. The apple does not fall far from the tree.

3. Why move to Russia for medical care, is it not good enough here? 


He knew about all this, and is PROUD of them. The uncle is lying too, CALL THE MOTHER.

IsraelIII
IsraelIII

FBI WAKE UP: I WOULD LOOK INTO THE PERSON IN THE YELLOW JACKET, WHO IS FOLLOWING THE OTHER TWO AROUND THE CORNER. THAT PERSON MAY HAVE CHICKENED OUT ON PLANTING THE BOMB. THE GUY IN THE RED CAP DOESN'T SEEM TO FIT WITH THE REST, BECAUSE HE'S HOLDING ANOTHER SMALL BAG IN HIS HAND.

JudithDorado
JudithDorado

To me on the video it looks like 3 what about the one with the red cap nd the book bag and duffel bag

MouhanedMakled
MouhanedMakled

I'm Mouhaned 19y from egypt . we are very sad about this accident .
I hope fast treatment for the injuries 

qwertybo
qwertybo

This is a joke. They have gone? Most likely sitting at home surfing the web or studying for school.

Good job FBI.

grape_crush
grape_crush

BREAKING: @AP: Surviving Boston bomb suspect identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass. -SS

grape_crush
grape_crush

NBC News reported Friday morning that a missing Brown University student — the subject of intense speculation on social media — is not in fact a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

"Authorities say these people came from overseas... had overseas military training [and have] been here about a year," NBC's Pete Williams — the most reliable source through a chaotic week in Boston — reported Friday, citing multiple sources. 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/nbc-reports-overseas-figures-not-missing-brown-student-are-s

grape_crush
grape_crush

Boston PD is asking Watertown residents to stay put, businesses to close. Transit authority has suspended service.

grape_crush
grape_crush

Various rumors; main ones are White Hat is a missing student...other is that both Hats are foreigners here legally, have had overseas military training. 

Nothing confirmed as absolute at this point.

TheKashmir
TheKashmir

Both of the suspects look white to me, they even walk with the type of swagger a white man walks with.

A lot of people think they look Arab/pakistani just because of their nose and curly hair , but you do realize that many Jews,Greeks and Italians look like the suspects.


I mean they could be related to Mark Zuckerberg, or Adam Sandler, or Lea Michelle.


Big noses aren't exclusively a Middle eastern trait, many southern Europeans have big noses and curly black hair and olive skin.

grape_crush
grape_crush

Police have confirmed that Black Hat is dead, search is on for White Hat. Also that one officer is dead, another severely injured.

grape_crush
grape_crush

MSNBC is stating that Black Hat suspect is dead, White Hat is at large.

mahtohsahn
mahtohsahn

@marcharino  Hey Marcharino; Oh 2nd generation Arabs huh???. just by looking at there attire. What did you think they were going to do if they were 1st generation middle eastern terrorists??? wear there turbans to the plant the bombs??

ladygagagaga
ladygagagaga

its funny how only these 2 guys r seen as suspects when there are many around looks suspicious, why men r suspects? it could be women too!  and whoever said these men look syrian, or arab....could you please elaborate on that and how to prove your point. LoL greek and european people ave same features as arabs too, and long nose ?? seriously? lmao.

marcharino
marcharino

It is difficult to positively identify the nationality or ethnic background of these two suspects from the video footage provided, while a different angle and without baseball caps it would be easier to decipher their complexion and facial features.  However, my first educated guess would be that these two men look to be of Middle Eastern descent.  Large thin noses, darker hair and complexion, yet with American attire--certainly indicative of maybe first or second generation Arab-American. 

4JusticeLeague
4JusticeLeague

They have two suspects.  There were four bombs.  Something doesn't add up ...  unless pressure cookers are small enough to fit two in a single backpack??

CliffordCarnicom
CliffordCarnicom

Bimby,
Seems be to exactly correct what you have noticed.  Good job.  Can expect no other than this will be brought into the consideration/announcements at some point.  Fascinating convergence of all four individuals in the second sequence, two on the sidewalk and the other two converge in from the street.  I am with you completely on this and it must obviously become a part of the investigation if not already.  Hard to believe it is not being discussed already.  Good observations, thank you


Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/04/18/fbi-releases-photos-of-boston-bombing-suspects/#ixzz2QsqVIetE

Jake1232013
Jake1232013

They look pure Arabs (Saudi-Iraqi) to me or maybe Indian-Pakistani muslims. God why are muslims such a threat to human being peace?

LuckymysticRuth
LuckymysticRuth

their shoes are not sneakers...something about their noses looks false....

NA
NA

Just from those pictures, their back-pack looks too small/thin to have a rice cooker inside

BimbyBaggins
BimbyBaggins

The dude with the shopping bag and the female in the yellow shirt and back pack look they are with them. Look at their pace. Her backpack etc.

CarlosSanti
CarlosSanti

There is nothing as big as a pressure cooker inside the bags. Sorry. Wrong suspects.

21stcentury
21stcentury

Did anyone else notice that the 2nd suspect has something wrong with his right leg, like an injury, affliction, or rickets or something? Or maybe something is attached to the inside of his pants legs. 

They're certainly dressed to blend in with the crowd. Wonder if they're responsible for the MIT shootings.


LKarenScott
LKarenScott

There is another person walking behind the suspect in the white cap who has a yellow jacket on with a large back pack.(male or female ?). Has this person been viewed or dismissed as another suspect? Each time I see the video, this person is walking at the same pace. There is an individual in between him/her and the suspect in the white cap.

JohnSmyth
JohnSmyth

I really hope that they're not long gone by now, already out of the country.

gg
gg

I think they are women dressed as guys.

AlvaroSevilla
AlvaroSevilla

The real necessity of find the mediate culprit, which is a duty of justice at all times, becomes the racial stereotype that his funky hair, that her nose. Come on whether or not they, help locate but not head screws and not condemned for their race or religion.  
la necesidad de encontrar al culpable mediato, lo cual es un deber de la justicia en todo momento, se convierte en el estereotipo racial, que su pelo enrrollado, que su nariz. Vamos si son o no son ellos, ayuden a ubicarlos pero no sea cabeza hueca y no los condene por la raza o por la religion

YM
YM

Olive fair skin, dark curly hair, classic parrot nose...does anyone else see "Syrian" in them?!?!

cybervigilante
cybervigilante

We can only pray they stopped for a coffee afterward, a barrista recognizes them, and there's a credit card sales slip.

cybervigilante
cybervigilante

The guy with the backpack looks kind of wimpy. Once they're caught they should charge a hundred people a hundred bucks apiece to beat the snot out of them - even after they're dead.

cybervigilante
cybervigilante

The guy with the backpack looks like he has a weak chin.

j-lee-d
j-lee-d

One of them is already dead, idiot.

marcharino
marcharino

@mahtohsahn.  Chechens are predominately of Arab-descent (Muslims) who immigrate from Chechnya and are first-generation Arab-Americans.

marcharino
marcharino

Just "an educated guess," Mahtohsahn.  And seeing that all you're going to do is deny that these two men of Chechen descent are of Middle Eastern descent, then I suppose that your guess is, well, uneducated.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Jake1232013 Yes because if you look at the wars with the largest death tolls in the last 100 years( World War one and World War two) they were all started and perpetrated by Muslims.

lilbiggn
lilbiggn

yes most newer modern pressure cookers are large, BUT the older models as I know, with the handle removed would easily fit in a normal size backpack, and I would think if these were not the suspects they would have already come forward to clear their names DONT YOU THINK!!!  I know I would

ScottStewart
ScottStewart

@YM Are we allowed to notice yet that they look more like Islamic terrorists than Domestic ones?


vincesim74
vincesim74

@cybervigilante no just anther gov long BS process at taxpayers expense. Guilty no doubt after 6 months then prison for life comfortably all is forgotten, not for the families unfortunately ..  Rest assured no politicians or the hierarchy above will even know this hit home really because they were so preoccupied with the media and their own families well being...

Jake1232013
Jake1232013

@jerry48 @Jake1232013  

Well they turned out to be muslim anyway, but i apologize to non-muslim arabs and indian-pakistanis (non-muslim ones of course)