F.B.I Releases Photos & Video Of Two Suspects In Boston Marathon Attack


The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released photographs and video of two men it considers suspects  in Monday’s attack at the Boston Marathon:

BOSTON — The F.B.I. released still and video images of two men whom they characterized as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings on Thursday evening and asked for the public’s help in identifying them.

One of the men was captured on video setting down a backpack at the site of the second explosion, said Richard DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the F.B.I.’s Boston field office.

“Today we are enlisting the public’s help to identify the two suspects,” Mr. DesLauriers said at a news conference Thursday evening in Boston.

Investigators have been poring over surveillance videos from stores near the scenes of Monday’s deadly blasts, as well as footage taken on smartphones and by television crews filming the marathon. “Within the last day or so, through that careful process, we initially developed a single person of interest,” Mr. DesLauriers said. “Not knowing if the individual was acting alone or in concert with others, we obviously worked with extreme purpose to make that determination.”

After a concerted effort, he said, investigators determined that a second suspect was involved. One of the men was shown wearing a white cap, and the other a black cap. Mr. DesLauriers urged anyone who has seen the men, or who knows who they are, to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

Additional photos are posted at the website the FBI has set up dedicated to this case, and here’s the surveillance video that the above screen shot was taken from:

Now, let’s see what comes of this.

FILED UNDER: Crime, Quick Takes, Terrorism, US Politics
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Me Me Me says:

    Why did you post these photos and not the ones of the dark skinned man that the authorities are looking for.

    I know that to be true, because I read it yesterday on NRO The Corner:

    Breaking: Authorities Identify ‘Dark-Skinned Male’ Suspect in Boston

  2. @Me Me Me:

    Obviously I hate America just like the FBI

  3. Latino_in_Boston says:

    I’m really interested in seeing how this develops. This is the first manhunt of this magnitude (where everyone is wired, everyone is on social media, everyone has cell phones, etc) and I would imagine if they are still in the country, it will not be long before the suspects are apprehended.

  4. @Latino_in_Boston:

    Or before people who look like these guys are apprehended and given the Richard Jewell Special.

    Personally, I am not entirely thrilled about the potential role that social media may play in all of this.

  5. Latino_in_Boston says:

    Fair enough, Doug. That’s why the FBI insisted that no one tries to apprehend them on their own. Presumably, the FBI will follow a protocol that limits the chances of a Jewell repetition, no?

  6. C. Clavin says:

    How long before they catch this scum?
    18 hrs?
    24 hrs?
    36 hrs?

  7. @Latino_in_Boston:

    The FBI will. Others? I hope so.

  8. @C. Clavin:

    As I type this it’s been about 77 hours since the attack. If this really was an organized attack, who knows where they are.

    I hope you’re right.

  9. Franklin says:

    @Doug Mataconis: My guess/hope is the FBI has some ideas about who these guys are and have communicated that to customs/DHS. If so, they likely had less than 77 hours to get out of the country (and not just to Canada, who will happily help us out). If these cowards are still here, the heat is on.

  10. matt bernius says:

    @C. Clavin:
    While it would be great if it’s a fast arrest, chances are it won’t be. Just think about how long it took to get Eric Rudolph after he became the prime suspect in the Atlanta Bombing (5 years).

  11. C. Clavin says:

    Not sure of the exact elapsed time but definitely <18 hrs.

    Holy shit…Beantown gone wild!!!

  12. C. Clavin says:

    By the way…40 some odd Senators voted to make life easier for guys just like these two.
    NRA poster-kids.

  13. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @C. Clavin: By the way…40 some odd Senators voted to make life easier for guys just like these two.
    NRA poster-kids.

    You’re never one to let facts get in the way of your stupidity, but the brother still on the loose is too young to legally buy or possess a gun.

    I’m sure that as soon as he realizes that, he’ll ditch any guns he has so he is in full compliance with gun control laws.