Authorities Have Not Arrested Their 'Possible Suspect' in Bombings

After viewing security-camera footage from the surrounding area, investigators have identified a "possible suspect" in the Boston Marathon bombings, several outlets are now reporting.

That is literally the only "news" that everyone agrees on, not that it reallly even qualifies as news. All the other conflicting reports are below.

Update 3:36 p.m. Oh, what the fuck ever.

Update 3:08 p.m. According to the Globe, the federal court house has been evacuated. Lauren Collins of NECN says it's possibly a bomb scare or fire drill.

Update 3:04 p.m.

Update 2:58 p.m. Here's the FBI statement:

Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.

Update 2:51 p.m. CBS is reporting that the man is a "white male, wearing white baseball cap on backwards, gray hoodie and black jacket."

Meanwhile, on CNN:

Update 2:44 p.m. So we just spend two hours watching CNN flail about, starting with John King breaking the news of the "possible suspect"—whom anchor John King, and John King alone, has described as a "dark-skinned male individual"—apparently seen on security cameras at a nearby Lord & Taylor, "carrying, and perhaps dropping, a black bag at the second bombing scene."

From there they (and some Boston outlets) reported that he had been arrested! And was heading toward a courtroom! (Meanwhile, NBC and CBS reported the opposite: no arrests had been made.)

And then they walked that back: he's in custody, but not arrested.

And then they gave up. Tom Fuentes said he had highly placed FBI sources saying no arrests had been made and no one was in custody; everyone else's sources vanished; and CNN started to feel more embarrassing than an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Update 2:34 p.m. CNN has more or less completely "taken it back," as they say.

Boston P.D. says no arrest:

Update 2:21 p.m. CNN is now walking back their arrest report, but insisting someone is in custody:

That being said, local Herald crank Howie Carr is reporting that an arrest has been made.

And the Globe is saying someone is custody:

Update 2:05 p.m. CBS is reporting that no arrest has been made, so. SOMEONE's gonna be wrong.

Update 1:46 p.m. CNN's John King, citing both a Boston and a federal source, is reporting that an arrest has been made.

Update: According to WCVB and AP, an arrest is "imminent or may already have taken place"; meanwhile according to NBC's Pete Williams, there is no suspect at all.

No image or other identifying information has been released (it's "sensitive," John King says), so, uh, all we know for sure is that authorities saw a dark-skinned guy who maybe dropped off a bag at the second bombing scene. Guess they were on Reddit too?

[Boston.com, CNN]