After the CNN Arrest Confusion, Here Is What We Know

After the whole brouhaha about a possible arrest that CNN started on Wednesday, here is summery of the latest developments in the Boston Marathon.

We learned what the bombs were made of.

Multiple sources that are not CNN are reporting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has possibly identified a suspect from video footage. The footage came from surveillance cameras. A local ABC affiliate is reporting that the footage came from a Lord & Taylor surveillance camera.

We must note here that “identified” may mean several things. It is possible that authorities have identified a specific individual in the footage but are unable to get specific details him such as his name. It may also mean that they know who the individual is but have no idea where they are.

There was a report from CNN that an arrest had been made but it was quickly withdrawn, leading to this image on CNN's front page,


To further confirm that there is no arrest the FBI sent out a press release that some might say calls out members of the media,

"Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting."

And we know that there will be a law enforcement press conference at 5:00 p.m. EST. That is probably where the next development will occur in the case. 

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Gabriel Rodriguez

Gabriel Rodriguez is currently studying for a Masters in Applied Economics at Georgetown. He is a graduate of New College of Florida with a degree in Economics. He is interested in econometrics, statistical analysis, behavioral economics, and developmental economics.

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