In the midst of a terrorizing scene during the Boston Marathon on Monday, a Saudi national was injured and immediately surrounded and questioned by the FBI and police.
Twitter and other social media exploded with intense suspicion of the man — largely based only on the evidence of his nationality — but his roommate spoke out on Monday, vouching for his friend by saying that he’s “a good boy” and incapable of carrying out such a horrific attack.
The roommate, 20-year-old Mohammed Badawood, described the suspected terrorist as “quiet and clean” and said he had seen him two days ago.
“He’s a good boy,” Badawood said of his roommate on Tuesday. “I think he couldn’t do that.”
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Police and investigators swarmed the man’s apartment complex in the city of Revere around 5:30 p.m. yesterday, just two hours after the bombs went off. An hour after that, FBI agents, Homeland Security and ATF officials also arrived, according to Badawood, and were looking for a device that could have been used to set off the bombs or any additional explosives.
Although exact details have not been confirmed, the 20-year-old Saudi national was taken into custody near the scene of the blast, according to Boston law enforcement officials. The man, who suffered shrapnel injuries to his leg, was questioned by federal agents and police while at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The man was apparently under heavy guard and not allowed to leave.
The attack killed three victims, one of whom was 8-year-old Martin Richard, and injured more than 100 others, 17 of whom are in critical condition.