High-Resolution Photo of Possible Marathon Bombing Suspect Revealed
Just hours after federal officials went live with surveillance photos of two men wanted in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, a clearer photo of one of the possible suspects was posted online, and later, retrieved by FBI investigators.
According to a post on the New York Times‘ blog site “The Lede,” a Florida man by the name of David Green was on his way to meet friends when one of the bombs went off on Boylston Street on marathon Monday. While standing near the intersection of Fairfield Street, along the race route, Green snapped a photo of the chaos, and as a result, a high-resolution shot of one of the alleged suspects sought by investigators.
Green told the Times that the FBI contacted him on Thursday, once the photo went viral, and asked for a copy of the picture to help in their investigation. Prior to speaking with the Times, speculation about the photo’s validity sparked an intense conversation on two separate online forums.
In an interview with Piers Morgan late Thursday night Green said he had finished the marathon and started walking to find his friends in the area around 2:50 p.m. Green claims he pulled out his iPhone and took one picture after hearing the explosions, and coincidentally happened to capture the suspect running around the corner. “I know the images [the FBI] released were the best quality they had, but this shows the suspect has a number ‘three’ on the side [of his hat], and that he is not wearing the bag with the bomb post explosion,” Green said.
FBI officials released multiple photos of the two alleged Boston Marathon bombing suspects at a press conference on Thursday and asked for the public’s help identifying them. The information was unveiled the same day that President Barack Obama visited the city for a memorial service for the victims killed in the attack.
Below is a side-by-side comparison of the photo released by the FBI, and the one Green took and later gave to officials.