Police Investigate 2 Backpacks Left at Finish Line of Boston Marathon; Suspect Arrested

Police in Boston were investigating after two backpacks were left near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (WBZ-TV)
Police in Boston were investigating after two backpacks were left near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (WBZ-TV)

A suspect was taken into custody Tuesday night after two unattended backpacks were found at the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombings, police said.

The area near the finish line was evacuated night after the backpacks were spotted there, CBS Boston reported.

Boston police later confirmed that a male suspect had been taken into custody.

WBZ-TV photographers at the scene said they saw a barefoot person with a backpack screaming “Boston Strong!” before police cleared everyone from the area.

Witnesses said the person was wearing a long black veil and was acting strangely. It was not immediately clear whether this was the suspect who was taken into custody.

Boston Police spokesman Dave Estrada told The Associated Press the backpacks were discovered at about 6:50 p.m. The police department asked people to stay away from the area and said a bomb squad had arrive.

“Bomb Squad still on scene in the area of Marathon Finish Line investigating call for 2 unattended backpacks,” the police department tweeted.

The two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon a year ago, killing three people and injuring more than 260, were left in backpacks.

Earlier in the day, Vice President Joe Biden joined survivors and victims’ families for a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m., the time the bombs exploded.

SOURCE: CBS News

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