Nearly two hours after bomb blasts at Boston Marathon’s finish line killed at least two and injured up to 100, the New York Post reported that authorities were guarding a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian national.
But Boston police would not confirm there was a suspect identified at all.
The report, citing unnamed sources, said the suspect was under guard at an undisclosed Boston hospital. Fox News reported that the suspect was severely burned. The tabloid’s supposed scoop was picked up by numerous sites, including Breitbart.com, TheBlaze and PolicyMic.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said at a press conference at 6 p.m. that no suspects were in custody.
“Those reports are not true, there is no suspect in custody,” Davis said.
Earlier, a Boston police spokeswoman told Talking Points Memo’s Hunter Walker: “Honestly, I don’t know where they’re getting their information from, but it didn’t come from us.”
Authorities told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer the same.
While Davis said the confirmed death toll — two — may rise, the Post’s source, which says 12 are dead, seems all the more dubious.
Thanks to BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner for helping to keep words from being minced here.
Updated at 6:58 p.m. ET to correct language from “arrested” to “under guard.”