As of April 17, 2013, 2:50 p.m. EDT, the FBI released this statement in response to several media outlets reporting that an arrest had been made in the case:
No Arrest Made in Bombing Investigation
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.
This is an ongoing investigation. Any persons with information on the bombings including video or images no matter how small are being urged to call Boston authorities at 1-800-494-TIPS. Those with information may also contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt #3 “No piece of information or detail too small.”
Update 8:30 PM Eastern 4/14/2013
3 people have died
BPD asking people to be on heightened state of alert
FBI has taken over the investigation
Update: 7:45 PM Eastern
There will be a joint news conference at 8:30 PM Eastern
If you were at the Boston Marathon today and took any video send it to the @Boston_Police | Any footage may have a clue.
FBI & Boston police want info from witnesses. 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt #3 “No piece of information or detail too small. via @BostonGlobe
Injury count as of 7:45 pm by hospital: Boston Children’s 8; Brigham 27; BMC 23; MGH 22; BI 21; St E’s, 15; Tufts 9
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