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FBI releases new photos of 2 suspects in Boston bombing

By Adam Geller & Denise Lavoie

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:04 p.m. HST, Apr 18, 2013

BOSTON >> The FBI released new photos of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing early Friday. The public's help is still needed in identifying them.

The photos depict one man in a dark baseball cap and the other in a white cap worn backward. Earlier photos showed the men walking one behind the other in the crowd, and the one in the white hat was seen setting down a backpack at the site of the second explosion, said Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston.

"Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members of the suspects. Though it may be difficult, the nation is counting on those with information to come forward and provide it to us," DesLauriers said.

The images were released hours after President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended an interfaith service at a Roman Catholic cathedral in Boston to remember the three people killed and more than 180 wounded in the twin blasts Monday at the marathon finish line.

The two men — dubbed Suspect 1 (in the dark hat) and Suspect 2 (in the white hat) — are considered armed and extremely dangerous, DesLauriers said, and people who see them should not approach them.

"Do not take any action on your own," he warned.

The break in the investigation came just days after the attack that tore off limbs, shattered windows and raised the specter of another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. FBI photo-analysis specialists have been analyzing a mountain of surveillance footage and amateur pictures and video for clues to who carried out the attack and why.

Generally, law enforcement agencies release photos of suspects only as a last resort, when they need the public's help in identifying or capturing someone.

Releasing photos can be a mixed bag: It can tip off a suspect and deny police the element of surprise. It can also trigger an avalanche of tips, forcing police to waste valuable time chasing them down.

Within moments of the announcement, the FBI website crashed, perhaps because of a crush of visitors.

In the images, both men appear to be wearing dark jackets. Suspect 1 appears to be wearing a backpack. The planting of the backpack is not depicted in the video footage that was made public.

The FBI made no mention of the men's height, weight or age range and would not discuss the men's ethnicity.

"It would be inappropriate to comment on the ethnicity of the men because it could lead people down the wrong path potentially," said FBI agent Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the Boston FBI office.

The information on the first suspect was developed within a day or so before its release, DesLauriers said. Agent Daniel Curtin said the FBI did not issue the photos earlier because authorities wanted to be meticulous: "It's important to get it right."

At the Cathedral of the Holy Cross earlier in the day, Obama declared to the people of Boston: "Your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act." He spoke in almost mocking terms of those who commit such violence.

"We finish the race, and we do that because of who we are," the president said to applause. "And that's what the perpetrators of such senseless violence — these small, stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build and think somehow that makes them important — that's what they don't understand."

"We will find you," he warned those behind the attack.

Seven victims remained in critical condition. Killed were 8-year-old Martin Richard of Boston, 29-year-old restaurant manager Krystle Campbell of Medford, Mass., and Lu Lingzi, a 23-year-old Boston University graduate student from China.

Video and photos recovered in the investigation are being examined and enhanced by an FBI unit called the Operational Technologies Division, said Joe DiZinno, former director of the FBI lab in Quantico, Va.

Investigators are looking at video frame by frame — a laborious process, though one aided by far more sophisticated facial recognition technology than is commercially available, forensic specialists said.

"When you have something that is this high-profile, they are going to use every available resource that they have," said former Miami federal prosecutor Melissa Damian Visconti.

The investigation will probably collect about a million hours of videotape from fixed security cameras and cellphones and cameras used by spectators, said Gene Grindstaff, a scientist at Intergraph Corp., a Huntsville, Ala., company that makes video analysis software used by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

But after years of investigating terrorist incidents and other crimes, the FBI is practiced at cataloging, categorizing and analyzing such evidence and will winnow it down dramatically, he said.

"Back in the days of 20 years ago, you were lucky if you had video and it was probably of poor quality and it took a tremendous amount of enhancement. Today you have a completely different issue," Grindstaff said.

Investigators can set the video analysis software so that it automatically searches for certain types of objects or people matching a height and weight description. The software can also spot patterns that analysts might not notice, such as a certain car that turns up in different places, Grindstaff said.

DiZinno, who ran the FBI lab from 2007 to 2010, said any retrieved bomb components such as the pressure cookers, shrapnel and pieces of timers or wire will be closely examined for fingerprints, DNA, hairs and fibers.

The bomb components would be traced by figuring out the item's maker, where each piece is typically purchased and whether the device resembles any bombs the FBI has seen in past attacks. The FBI lab keeps a detailed file on past bombings, including many overseas attacks.

"Let's say there was a timer," DiZinno said. "Was there a serial number? Who was the manufacturer? That can provide leads for investigators."

One pressure cooker maker, the Fagor Group in Spain, said that it has been contacted by U.S. investigators and that company officials are extending full cooperation. The company sells 250,000 pressure cookers a year in the U.S. and 1 million worldwide.


Associated Press writers Jay Lindsay, Pat Eaton-Robb, Steve LeBlanc, Bridget Murphy, Meghan Barr, Jeff Donn and Julie Pace in Boston; Eileen Sullivan and Lara Jakes in Washington; Curt Anderson in Miami; and Marilynn Marchione in Milwaukee contributed to this report.

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Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
They look pretty plain vanilla, could be hard to find. That being said, hope they catch these guys. Godspeed to Boston.
on April 18,2013 | 11:34AM
allie wrote:
agree..I felt right away that this was domestic terrorism similar to Oklahoma City in 1990's. AQ would have been bragging had they done it.
on April 18,2013 | 01:35PM
Matsu wrote:
They also look like all the Lebense guys I grew up with, soooo. Allie, you are aware that AQ has been recruiting from US prisons for quite some time. What did John Walker Lind look like? AQ is smart enough to not have their operatives walking around with long bushy beards. Besides OK City, how many other bombing incendents have come from the Right? Maybe you should check Obama's buddies Ayers and Dorn. They actually said they wish they had set more bombs. Why not consider the Occupy Wall Street crowd? They are hardly law abiding citizens, and plenty of them were anarcists
on April 18,2013 | 03:24PM
IAmSane wrote:
Why are you even bring all that up? Who said anything?
on April 18,2013 | 04:26PM
IAmSane wrote:
on April 18,2013 | 04:26PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Matsu people like ALL-LIE are just shameless. He does not care what kind of harm his ignorance and need to be a rumor monger wreaks on people just like the "news sources" he parrots. http://tiny.cc/7htrvw
on April 18,2013 | 06:34PM
Toop_Minaki wrote:
allie, you really seem to be enjoying this aren't you? My sons and I were watching TV the other night and something from Men in Black seems very apt for you...'Allie thrives on carnage, Tiger. he consumes, infest, destroy, live off the death and destruction of other species."
on April 18,2013 | 04:22PM
aomohoa wrote:
Is it really a good idea to warn them they are on the hot list?
on April 18,2013 | 11:41AM
cojef wrote:
Maybe that is their intent, make run for it so we can track them at the airports, bus depots, train stations, whatever. If they hunker down you are not going to get them.
on April 18,2013 | 11:47AM
Valleyisle57 wrote:
You can run but you cant hide!!! When they do catch you, I HOPE you put a fight so we can end your useless lives like you ended innocent lives!!!!!
on April 18,2013 | 12:43PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
The authorities would prefer to take them alive for interrogation to determine if they acted alone or are part of a larger organization and if so are there other bombings planned.
on April 18,2013 | 04:08PM
gobows wrote:
somebody's gonna know who these guys are.........can we cut their legs off below the knees when we catch them?
on April 18,2013 | 11:51AM
false wrote:
First cut cut off the guavas.
on April 18,2013 | 12:06PM
pakeheat wrote:
Did you mean "kala"?
on April 18,2013 | 12:15PM
allie wrote:
No..they go to trail if there is sufficient evidence. We don't need a lynching
on April 18,2013 | 02:30PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
on April 18,2013 | 04:42PM
loquaciousone wrote:
In this day and age where they can take a picture of the pimple on your nose from outer space, is that the best pictures they can get?
on April 18,2013 | 12:01PM
juscasting wrote:
From the looks of it I dolla bets they attend the local University!
on April 18,2013 | 12:13PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
There's choke schools in Boston (and Massachusetts for that matter).
on April 18,2013 | 12:17PM
gobows wrote:
or community college............
on April 18,2013 | 12:19PM
juscasting wrote:
Fat fingered it...Meant Universities...Implying that they look like college students!
on April 18,2013 | 12:30PM
allie wrote:
on April 18,2013 | 01:36PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Someone knows these guys.
on April 18,2013 | 12:20PM
inverse wrote:
These two look and have an MO more like Al qaeda/taliban terrorists rather than the Timothy McVeigh type of association. What is strange is one of them is wearing his cap forward and wearing dark glasses, which means not likely any computer software or person can identify him, however the other has his cap backwards, no sunglasses, greatly exposed his face and profile and has a really good chance of being identified. Why did he do that? Did one of the bombers want to be caught? Also what about Hassan and Ft Hood. Why is Obama/Holder categorizing that attack as workplace violence instead of a terrorist attack, which it was? Why hasn't Hasan been treated like a terrorist, found guilty in a military court and then executed? Obama made a big speech after the Boston Marathon bombing, instead of a speech how about just get AG Holder to put Hasan on trial in Texas, convict him for multiple murders of Americans and then execute him to send a message to all other people that if they murder Americans, they too will be caught, convicted and executed?
on April 18,2013 | 01:12PM
allie wrote:
on April 18,2013 | 01:36PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
The Army and DoD classified Fort Hood as work place violence,Not Obama. You haters will always blame Obama. By the way if Nassan is found guilty, he will be executed.......
on April 18,2013 | 05:21PM
scooters wrote:
If they are the ones..strap them to a similar device that they used and set it off..on TV so all can view...
on April 18,2013 | 01:22PM
gobows wrote:
on April 18,2013 | 02:32PM
Anonymous wrote:
Not very smart: pretty stupid to wear a ball cap backwards if you want to hide your face.
on April 18,2013 | 03:20PM
Toop_Minaki wrote:
maybe true but look around, that would make them look like any other dizzy kid.
on April 18,2013 | 04:25PM
Maili2 wrote:
Wow. I'm wishing the FBI all the strength and success in finding the suspects and finding out if it was them. What a task, but if I were on that team I would not be able to sleep until this was finished with.
on April 18,2013 | 04:21PM
bumbye wrote:
Man, if they had Hawaii Five-O's "facial recognition" program, we'd know their names!
on April 18,2013 | 05:02PM
false wrote:
u never know, they could be doing it, and that they are not letting those two suspects in on it. Just like in Poker, keep your hand as much of a secret as possible until u need to reveal it.
on April 18,2013 | 06:15PM
false wrote:
There were three women who went to vacation in Florida from Ohio and who did not return and when that happened, the FDLE went to work (Florida Department of Law Enforcement). btw, Florida and Texas would be good states to move to, for those that Hate State Income Tax dependent states such as Hawaii, California and New York. omg what kind of a state are we? One who thinks that communism is better than capitalism ??? Only in communistic countries do people get taken for a ride. Which State is the least communistic? North Dakota (allie's state, so please do not encourage her to stay here, although it would be nice). Anyway, I digress. What i was going to say was that after say three or four years of investigation where the case went cold and luke warm, FDLE finally solved the case when a man was brought in based on his forensic signature identification. I rather watch Forensic Files and Mystery Detectives than CSI. Hawaii Five-O is also okay namely because of some hotties on the show except that a lot of is fiction and THAT kind of violence on Hawaii Five-O does not happen in any sense of the imagination. So much so that the Police Cruisers that Hawaii Five-O uses now are artificial, and a lot of the license plates are artificial. By the way, we now are into the ZAP 234 license plates. Omg what happened to S, U, V, X, W and Y ??? Maybe those smart alecks at the City are reserving them for the 234 TRK plates. Those smart alecks lol. If u were able to read this in two minutes, you have average comprehension. If u went to Punahou, u could read this monstrosity in 47.45 seconds or less, otherwise u will not be admitted to Harvard. This message will be approved, u watch, unless i used a word such as dammmnnn.
on April 18,2013 | 06:11PM
false wrote:
Thank you! Your comment has been added above.
on April 18,2013 | 06:12PM
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