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April 15, 2013

Everyone's Confirming a Man's in the Hospital as a "Person of Interest," But...

Over at Riehl, the book on this guy is that a man observed him "acting suspiciously" and tackled him to the ground after the blast.

That's not really very strong evidence-- that's one guy who thought he was acting suspiciously.* My first thought was that this would turn out to be Just a Guy and I'm thinking it still might.

Obviously no one's going to jail for just "acting suspiciously" and the investigation is in its earliest moments. Evidence may turn up. Then again, it might not.

I'm just leery of the First Guy Getting Grabbed After an Attack. Like Richard Jewell.

Hmm: A different man in handcuffs?

A potential suspect in the Boston marathon attacks is being guarded by police in hospital, according to reports.

Several reports now say a suspect is being guarded in a Boston hospital bed. One report said he was a Saudi-Arabian national.

The reports claim the hospitalized suspect was himself injured by shrapnel from the finish line explosions and has severe injuries.

he New York Post said a police source told them the suspect was a Saudi Arabian national.

Police were keen to underline there had been no arrests but they did say they were talking to suspects.

There was another individual pictured in handcuffs at the scene but it wasn't clear whether it was an unrelated arrest or not

It's possible, I guess, that the cuffed man is the one who'd tackled the Saudi. As he'd be possibly guilty of assault (except if he's safe due to the citizens arrest rule, etc.).

Another avenue of inquiry is the video feeds. There are claims that a man was seen walking with backpacks, just before the bombs blew up. They were believed to have been hidden in backpacks.

* Of course, on the other hand, there's all sorts of studies lately that one's senses and intuition have a lot more information than one's rational mind -- that is, that one's gut instinct is more right than it is generally credited for being. This being the Age of Reason and all (hah, as if).

Not sure what the guy was doing that was suspicious-- we have to hear more about this suspicious behavior before knowing whether this was a good instinct or an errant one.

Update: The second article linked by Gateway Pundit contains more on the CCTV evidence, and the claim that the backpack-dropping man was caught on video.

I hate to keep saying obvious things but here goes: This video evidence might be useful, assuming it exists, and might quickly clear or inculpate suspects.

Via Tami.

An 8-Year-Old Boy... ...is among the dead.

"Someone's leg flew over my head," said John Ross, a witness who offered [the wounded man] his belt as a tourniquet.

From Le Figaro.

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