Boston ABC affiliate WCVB was the first to report an “imminent” arrest in the Boston bombings case Tuesday afternoon.
WCVB investigative reporter Janet Wu reported the break in the case at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. WCVB’s tweet beat the Associated Press, which was the next source to report an imminent arrest, by 12 minutes.
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) April 17, 2013
After the initial reports of an imminent arrest, there were some quick reports — including on CNN and Fox News — that a suspect had been arrested and was being transported to the federal courthouse in downtown Boston. According to the Boston Police, an arrest has not yet been made.
WCVB had been sourcing CNN to report the arrest had been made. Once CNN walked back their reporting, WCVB clarified on the air that there were conflicting accounts of the case’s progress. The station maintains an arrest is imminent.