Richard DesLauriers

FBI Press Conference Opening Statement on Suspect Photos in Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

delivered 18 April 2013

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Good afternoon. My name is Richard DesLauriers. I am -- I am the special agent in charge of the FBI's' Boston Division.

Since Mondayís bombings, the FBI and our law enforcement partners have been working around the clock and are fully committed to investigating the matter -- this matter to bring those responsible to justice. Our collective law enforcement team has pursued thousands of leads and tips. As I said two days ago, we are working methodically, and with a sense of urgency, to identify those responsible for the bombings.

Within the last day or so, through our -- through that careful process, we initially developed a single person of interest. Not knowing if the individual was acting alone or in concert with others, we obviously worked with extreme purpose to make that determination.

The entire force of the federal government, the FBI in Boston, around the world, as well as our partners in the Boston Police, ATF, Massachusetts State Police, and more than 30 agencies of the Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force, have set about to ensure that all responsible for the bombings will be brought to justice. More importantly, it was done to ensure the future safety of the city of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the country. Indeed, through that process the FBI developed a second...suspect.

Today, we are enlisting the publicís help to identify the two suspects. After a very detailed analysis of photo, video, and other evidence, we are releasing photos of these two suspects. They are identified as "Suspect 1" and "Suspect 2."

They appear to be associated.


Suspect 1 is wearing a dark hat.


Suspect 2 is wearing a white hat.

Suspect 2 set down a backpack at the site of the second explosion just in front of the Forum Restaurant.

We strongly encourage those who were at the Forum Restaurant who have not contacted -- contacted us yet to do so.

As you can see from one of the -- from one of the images, Suspects 1 and 2 appear to be walking together through the marathon crowd on Boylston Street in the direction of the finish line. That image was captured as they walked on Boylston in the vicinity of the intersection with Gloucester Street.

As you can see, the quality of the photos is quite good, but we will continue to work on developing additional images to improve their identification value.

Further, on, we have photos of the suspects.

The photos and videos are posted for the public and media to use, review, and publicize.

For clarity, these images should be the only ones -- and I emphasize the only ones -- that the public should view to assist us. Other photos should not be deemed credible and...they unnecessarily divert the publicís attention in the wrong direction and create undue work for vital law enforcement resources.

For more than 100 years, the FBI has relied upon the public to be its eyes and ears. With the mediaís help, in an instant these images will be delivered directly into the hands of millions around the world. We know the public will play a critical role in identifying and locating these individuals.

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. No bit of information, no matter how small or seemingly inconsequential, is too small for -- for us to see. Each piece moves us forward towards justice.

It is extremely important to contact us with any information regarding the identities of Suspect 1, Suspect 2, and their location.

We consider them to be armed and extremely dangerous. No one should approach them. No one should attempt to apprehend them except law enforcement. Let me iterate that -- reiterate that caution. Do not take any action on your own. If you see these men, contact law enforcement. If you know anything about the bombings or the men pictured here, please call the telephone listed on the photo arrays -- that's 1-800- CALL-FBI. Again, thatís 1-800-225-5324. All calls will be kept confidential.

We have also established a website for tips that directly relates to the bombing. Please contact -- Please contact us at: Again, that website is

The photos can be viewed on our website:

It is important to emphasize, the images from Monday are indelible. And the horror of that day will remain with us forever. This further underscores our obligation to investigate this crime judiciously in order to bring these -- those responsible to justice. The victims and the survivors deserve nothing more -- nothing less, excuse me.

As -- As to Mondayís victims, the FBI is committed to ensuring that victims receive the rights they are entitled to and the assistance they need to cope with the crime. Treating victims with respect and providing them with assistance, benefit -- benefits and help -- and -- and assistance will better our cases.1

Our resources include an Office of Victim Assistance at FBI Headquarters, and victim specialists nationwide. These highly trained professionals can assist victims and coordinate with other agencies to provide victims with the support, information, and resources necessary to effectively meet their needs. Our victim specialist team continues to work around the clock to bring assistance to the victims of this heinous act.

Identifying and locating those responsible is now our highest priority. No other details of the investigation will be released at this time because this is our focus now. It continues to be an ongoing, active investigation.

Review these photographs and contact us at 1-800-CALL-FBI or immediately.

Thank you very much.

1Original Official Transcript: "Treating victims with respect and providing them with assistance benefits victims and helps us build better cases."

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