Here we go -- the spin begins. But it is noteworthy that his roommate hadn't seen him for two days:
Roommate calls Saudi national 'quiet and clean;' number of injuries rises to over 170 By KATE KOWSH, NY Post
William Farrington 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 who has been questioned in connection to yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombings told The Pst the Saudi national as “a good boy” incapable of such a monstrous attack as officials raised the number of those injured to more than 170.
Mohammed Badawood, 20, said he moved into the fifth floor apartment about five months ago, where the potential suspect lived with a third man.
Badawood described the Saudi national as “quiet and clean” and said he last saw him two days ago.
William Farrington 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.
“He’s a good boy,” Badawood said of the potential suspect. “I think he couldn’t do that.”
In late afternoon, a large group of federal and state law enforcement agents raided an apartment in a building in the Saudi man’s hometown of Revere, Mass.
Officials showed up at the Revere apartment at about 5:30 p.m. 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. They searched an apartment on the fifth floor.
Badawood said officials were searching the apartment when he arrived home last night around 7 p.m.
Badawood said nothing was taken from the home and that officials told him the Saudi national was injured in the blast. However, officials were later seen carrying bags out of the apartment complex. It is unclear if they came from the 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.
AP Wounded bomb victims lie sprawled amid a chilling, surreal scene in Boston.
Marcus Worthington, 24, a law student who lives in a neighboring building, said he was told by an official wearing an ATF jacket that residents were “safe now.”
Worthington said officials told him they 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. 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 yesterday at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was under heavy guard while being treated for shrapnel injuries to his leg sustained in the blast.
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.
He had suffered shrapnel wounds to the back of a leg but was not likely to die, a source said.
William Farrington FBI investigators leaving the apartment building following a raid of the potential suspect's home.
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?”
Officials today said that 176 people were wounded — 17 of them critically — in yesterday’s afternoon blasts.
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 an 8-year-old boy, 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.
Bomb-detecting cops swept the finish-line area twice yesterday morning — once early and again an hour before the first runners crossed, police commissioner Ed Davis said.
“Those two EOD sweeps did not turn up any evidence,” Davis said.
Investigators have received “voluminous tips” from the public so far, Davis said,
But the city’s top cop said there was no way to prevent an attacker from coming and going, and perhaps planting explosives after police had swept the area.
“People can come and go and bring items in and out,” he said.
Richard DesLauriers, the FBI’s special agent in charge of the agency’s Boston office, vowed to go to the “ends of the earth” to hunt down the terrorists.
“This will be a worldwide investigation,” he said. “We will go to the ends of the earth to identify the subject or subjects who are responsible for this despicable crime and we will do everything we can to bring them to justice.”
Cops appealed to marathon spectators, asking for any still pictures or video shot in the neighborhood yesterday.
Even footage blocks away, well before or after the blast, could be crucial.
“Any information or photographs that happened — not just at that scene but anywhere in the immediate vicinity could be helpful to this investigation,” Davis said.
By midnight, most of the authorities had left the complex, which sits on a piece of ocean-front property in the seaside city.Investigators were looking for anything that might have been used set to off the devices, including a remote control.