Roommate calls Saudi national ‘quiet and clean;’ number of injuries rises to over 170

Posted: April 16, 2013 in World News
  • By KATE KOWSH
  • Last Updated: 11:50 AM, April 16, 2013
  • Posted: 10:29 AM, April 16, 2013

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Mohammed Badawood, 20, is the roommate of the potential suspect, described to The Post as a Saudi national.

REVERE, Mass. — A roommate of the man questioned in connection to yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombing described the Saudi national as “a good boy,” incapable of such a monstrous attack.

Investigators early last night converged on a fifth-floor apartment where the potential suspect lives with two roommates.

Mohammed Badawood, 20, described the potential suspect as “quiet and clean” and said he last saw him two days ago. Badawood told The Post he moved into the apartment about five months ago.

 

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“He’s a good boy,” Badawood said of the potential suspect today. “I think he couldn’t do that.”

Officials showed up at the Revere apartment at about 5:30 p.m. yesterday in unmarked vehicles, a resident of the building said.

About an hour later, more vehicles, carrying agents of the FBI, Homeland Security and ATF also descended on the site, along with firefighters and a bomb squad.

Badawood said officials were searching his apartment when he arrived home last night at around 7.

Badawood said nothing was taken from the home and that officials told him the Saudi national was injured in the blast.

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An FBI investigator examines a bag inside an apartment in Revere, in a building on the street where a man being questioned in the bomb attack lives.

However, officials were later seen carrying bags out of the apartment complex. It is unclear if those items came from that apartment.

Last night, Revere fire officials said they were called out to support bomb-squad officers as part of an investigation of a “person of interest” in the marathon attack.

By midnight, most of the authorities had left the complex, which sits on a piece of oceanfront property in the seaside city.

Investigators were looking for anything that might have been used set to off the devices, including a remote control, sources said.

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Marcus Worthington, 24, a law student who lives in a neighboring building, said an ATF official told him investigators were responding to a tip about one of the apartments.

“He said that they were investigating a tip about a dangerous device in one of the apartments,” he said.

“I did ask him if it was a bomb or something, but he wouldn’t answer.”

Yesterday, police took the 20-year-old Saudi national into custody near the scene of yesterday’s horrific Boston Marathon bomb attack, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

The potential suspect was questioned by the FBI and local police at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was under heavy guard while being treated for shrapnel injuries to his leg.

He had suffered shrapnel wounds to the back of a leg but was expected to survive those injuries, a source said.

At the hospital, investigators seized the man’s clothes to examine whether they held any evidence that he was behind the attack. The law-enforcement sources also told The Post that the man was not free to leave the medical center.

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Wounded bomb victims lie sprawled amid a chilling, surreal scene in Boston.

As of last night, investigators had not yet directly asked the man whether he had set off the bombs. But they had asked him general questions, such as what he was doing in the area.

The potential suspect told police he had dinner Sunday night near Boston’s Prudential Center, about half a mile from the blast site, the sources said.

He also said that he went to the Copley Square area yesterday to witness the finish of the race.

The sources said that, after the man was grabbed by police, he smelled of gunpowder and declared, “I thought there would be a second bomb.”

He also asked: “Did anyone die?”

The twin blasts injured 176 people — 17 critically, authorities said today. The official death toll remained at three, but a law-enforcement source told The Post it could be as high as 12.

One witness told The New York Times there appeared to be 10 to 12 fatalities, including “women, children, finishers.” The wounds appeared to be “lower torso — the type of stuff you see from someone exploding out,” he said.

The dead included 8-year-old Martin Richard, whose mom and sister were hurt as they waited for his dad to finish running. Richard’s father, Bill, is a community leader in Dorchester.

 

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