Crime

Federal Authorities Raid Indiana Home Owned By Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle

| by Jared Keever

Federal and state authorities raided a Zionsville, Indiana, home owned by Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle Tuesday morning, law enforcement sources have said. 

Fogle is not currently under arrest and is not facing any charges. 

Sources with the FBI have reportedly confirmed with WXIN News that investigators were serving warrants at Fogle’s Indianapolis-area home in connection with a child pornography investigation, but there is no indication that Fogle is the target of the investigation. Those sources were not named. 

FBI spokeswoman Wendy Osborne, who spoke with the Indianapolis Star, would only confirm that authorities were conducting a criminal investigation and would not comment on the nature of the probe. She reportedly referred further questions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office who declined to comment. 

Popular Video

A police officer saw a young black couple drive by and pulled them over. What he did next left them stunned:

Popular Video

A police officer saw a young black couple drive by and pulled them over. What he did next left them stunned:

The 37-year-old Fogle became a spokesman for the restaurant chain after he claimed to have lost 235 pounds by eating an all-Subway diet while he was a student at Indiana University in Bloomington. 

He has since filmed more than 300 commercials for the chain, touting the health benefits of the sandwiches that he claims helped him drop from 425 pounds down to 190, according to Fox News. 

Fogle later started the Jared Foundation, a charitable organization meant to raise awareness for childhood obesity. 

The 6:30 a.m. raid on Fogle’s home comes two months after authorities arrested Russell Taylor, the former executive director of the foundation, on federal child pornography charges.

Taylor, 43, reportedly attempted suicide May 6 while in custody in the Marion County Jail. He was initially placed on life support but his condition has improved, officials said according to Fox News. 

Taylor faces seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, reports the Star.

State police began investigating him after an acquaintance of his came forward saying Taylor had offered to show her pictures of young girls, according to court documents obtained by the Star. A subsequent search of Taylor’s home office reportedly turned up more than 400 child pornography videos stored on electronic devices. 

Fogle issued a statement after Taylor’s arrest saying he was “shocked” and the foundation was “severing all ties” with its former director. 

Investigators who spoke with WXIN declined to say whether Taylor’s case had anything to do with the Tuesday raid on Fogle’s home. 

Fogle has reportedly been detained outside his home but, again, is not currently under arrest, reports WTHR News. 

Sources: WXIN News, Indianapolis Star, Fox News, WTHR News / Photo Credit: WTHR News