Media Melts Down Over Reports Of Boston Suspect

Reports of "arrest" backpedaled to "no one in custody" in less than an hour. Here's a timeline of the conflicting and confusing reports.

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First report - 1:42 p.m.: AP breaks the story that an arrest is imminent.

BREAKING: Law enforcement official: Arrest imminent in Boston Marathon bombing, suspect to be brought to court.

BREAKING: Law enforcement official: Arrest imminent in Boston Marathon bombing, suspect to be brought to court.-- The Associated Press

Update - 1:43 p.m.: Reuters reports that investigators do not have the name of a suspect, makes no mention of a suspect in custody.

Boston bomb investigators do not have name yet of suspect seen in security video - U.S. government source #breaking

Boston bomb investigators do not have name yet of suspect seen in security video - U.S. government source #breaking-- Reuters Top News

Update - 1:46 p.m.: Citing the AP report and an independent source, CNN tells viewers that an arrest has been made.

CNN: Arrest has been made in Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

CNN: Arrest has been made in Boston Marathon bombing investigation.-- BuzzFeed News

Update - 1:51 p.m.: Reuters reports CNN's story that a suspect is in custody.

Boston bomb suspect in custody, CNN reports, citing unnamed U.S. law enforcement source #developing

Boston bomb suspect in custody, CNN reports, citing unnamed U.S. law enforcement source #developing-- Reuters US News

Update - 1:51 p.m.: In a live special report, ABC News reports that an arrest "may be imminent."

Live Special Report: Arrest in Boston bombings may be imminent: http://t.co/cYl9HOrfiQ

Live Special Report: Arrest in Boston bombings may be imminent: http://t.co/cYl9HOrfiQ-- ABC News

Update - 1:55 p.m.: In a live special report, NBC's Pete Williams says that no arrest has been made but individuals have been identified as persons of "great interest."

Update - 1:59 p.m.: CBS News reports that law enforcement sources are "very encouraged" by latest developments.

UPDATE: @CBSNews' Bob Orr reports that law enforcement sources are very encouraged by latest developments http://t.co/43l5jNEvIz

UPDATE: @CBSNews' Bob Orr reports that law enforcement sources are very encouraged by latest developments http://t.co/43l5jNEvIz-- CBS News

Update - 2:02 p.m.: AP updates its story and reports that a suspect is in police custody.

BREAKING: Law enforcement official: Boston Marathon bomb suspect in custody, expected in federal court. -BW

BREAKING: Law enforcement official: Boston Marathon bomb suspect in custody, expected in federal court. -BW-- The Associated Press

Update - 2:03 p.m.: CBS reports that no arrest has been made.

JUST IN: @CBSNews has learned that NO ARREST has been made in Boston Marathon bombing case http://t.co/2diqZk0RNz

JUST IN: @CBSNews has learned that NO ARREST has been made in Boston Marathon bombing case http://t.co/2diqZk0RNz-- CBS News

Update - 2:05 p.m.: FOX News confirms that an arrest has been made.

#BREAKING NEWS: http://t.co/m6O9czWONs confirms arrest made in deadly #Boston Marathon bombing http://t.co/WOaiOq6Tjz

#BREAKING NEWS: http://t.co/m6O9czWONs confirms arrest made in deadly #Boston Marathon bombing http://t.co/WOaiOq6Tjz-- Fox News

Update - 2:06 p.m.: Boston Police scanner says that the suspect is en route to the Federal Courthouse.

Boston Police Scanner: Suspect en route to Federal Courthouse. (@catesish)

Boston Police Scanner: Suspect en route to Federal Courthouse. (@catesish)-- Ellie Hall

Update - 2:08 p.m.: ABC reports that authorities are "close to identifying a suspect."

BREAKING: an official in Massachusetts tells ABC News authorities are close to identifying a suspect in the #BostonMarathon bombings.

BREAKING: an official in Massachusetts tells ABC News authorities are close to identifying a suspect in the #BostonMarathon bombings.-- Paula Faris

Update - 2:09 p.m.: NBC News doubles down, says no arrest has been made.

"All we can say for certain, is that all of our sources say no arrest." -@PeteWilliamsNBC #bostonmarathon

"All we can say for certain, is that all of our sources say no arrest." -@PeteWilliamsNBC #bostonmarathon-- TODAY

Update - 2:13 p.m.: CNN tweets that a suspect has been arrested.

Authorities have arrested a suspect in Boston - news briefing expected at 5 p.m. ET: http://t.co/305udKpOJ7 Details on @CNN TV now.

Authorities have arrested a suspect in Boston - news briefing expected at 5 p.m. ET: http://t.co/305udKpOJ7 Details on @CNN TV now.-- CNN

Update - 2:18 p.m.: CBS reports that no arrest has been made, but a suspect was identified through cell phone tower logs.

CORRECTED. Source tells @CBSNews suspect identified in Boston bombings through cell phone tower call logs. NO arrest yet.

CORRECTED. Source tells @CBSNews suspect identified in Boston bombings through cell phone tower call logs. NO arrest yet.-- Charlie Kaye

Update - 2:24 p.m.: Reuters stands by its earlier statement that no arrests have been made.

No arrests made yet in Boston bomb investigation - government, law enforcement sources

No arrests made yet in Boston bomb investigation - government, law enforcement sources-- Reuters Top News

Update - 2:25 p.m.: Boston Globe reports that the suspect is being taken to the US District Court in South Boston.

Boston Globe source reports suspect being taken to US District Court in South Boston.

Boston Globe source reports suspect being taken to US District Court in South Boston.-- The Boston Globe

Update - 2:26 p.m.: Media descends on the Federal Courthouse in Boston.

[PHOTO] Outside Federal Court in Boston: http://t.co/jMdP51JG4P

[PHOTO] Outside Federal Court in Boston: http://t.co/jMdP51JG4P-- CNBC Newsroom

Update - 2:32 p.m.: Citing multiple sources, NBC reports that no arrest has been made.

Multiple sources confirm to NBC News: "No Arrest"

Multiple sources confirm to NBC News: "No Arrest"-- NBC News

Update - 2:33 p.m.: Boston Police Department says there has not been an arrest.

Despite reports to the contrary there has not been an arrest in the Marathon attack.

Despite reports to the contrary there has not been an arrest in the Marathon attack.-- Boston Police Dept.

Update - 2:36 p.m.: Boston Globe reports that there is NO suspect in custody and NO ONE is under arrest.

US Attorney's office: There is no marathon bombing suspect in custody and no arrest

US Attorney's office: There is no marathon bombing suspect in custody and no arrest-- The Boston Globe

Boston Globe reports that this is a "dramatic change in status" of the investigation.

Dramatic change in status of Boston Marathon bombing invstigation: Authorities are now saying:"No arrest and no one in custody.''

Dramatic change in status of Boston Marathon bombing invstigation: Authorities are now saying:"No arrest and no one in custody.''-- The Boston Globe

Update - 2:38 p.m.: CNN backtracks, says that no arrest has been made.

CNN's @JoeJohnsCNN reports no arrest has been made - details on our live blog and on @CNN TV: http://t.co/305udKpOJ7

CNN's @JoeJohnsCNN reports no arrest has been made - details on our live blog and on @CNN TV: http://t.co/305udKpOJ7-- CNN

Update - 2:37 p.m.: BuzzFeed's Jessica Testa reports that Homeland Security officers are outside the federal courthouse.

Police here aren't BPD. They're Homeland Security. http://t.co/4Uq3DwGTSk

Police here aren't BPD. They're Homeland Security. http://t.co/4Uq3DwGTSk-- jessica testa

Update - 2:42 p.m.: CBS reports that the suspect is a white male, describes clothing.

JUST IN: Man sought as possible suspect is WHITE MALE, wearing white baseball cap on backwards, gray hoodie and black jacket.

JUST IN: Man sought as possible suspect is WHITE MALE, wearing white baseball cap on backwards, gray hoodie and black jacket.-- CBS News

Update - 2:43 p.m.: FBI spokesperson tells Bloomberg News that no arrest has been made.

No arrests made in Boston Marathon bombing case: FBI spokesperson | http://t.co/ONmihR4bsR

No arrests made in Boston Marathon bombing case: FBI spokesperson | http://t.co/ONmihR4bsR-- Bloomberg News

Update - 2:47 p.m.: AP walks it back, reports that there's no suspect in custody.

BREAKING: Federal officials deny that Boston Marathon bombing suspect is in custody.

BREAKING: Federal officials deny that Boston Marathon bombing suspect is in custody.-- The Associated Press

Update - 2:49 p.m.: FOX News backpedals, cites "conflicting reports."

#BREAKING: Conflicting reports over report of possible suspect in #Boston Marathon bombing http://t.co/WOaiOq6Tjz

#BREAKING: Conflicting reports over report of possible suspect in #Boston Marathon bombing http://t.co/WOaiOq6Tjz-- Fox News

Update - 2:52.: BuzzFeed's Jessica Testa reports on media chaos at the Boston federal courthouse.

1,000 reporters, no official reason we should be here. http://t.co/Sc6lyM2QrL

1,000 reporters, no official reason we should be here. http://t.co/Sc6lyM2QrL-- jessica testa

Update - 2:53 p.m.: Conflicting reports appear on CNN's homepage.

CNN home page screengrab say it all - worthy of Newseum display: #boston http://t.co/m16n2QRmAF

CNN home page screengrab say it all - worthy of Newseum display: #boston http://t.co/m16n2QRmAF-- David Brauer

Update - 3:05 p.m.: AP says its law enforcement source stood by the information despite conflicting reports.

AP say its law enforcement source "stood by the information even after it was disputed" http://t.co/a2gjLo0YaF

AP say its law enforcement source "stood by the information even after it was disputed" http://t.co/a2gjLo0YaF-- Michael Calderone

Update - 3:06 p.m.: Boston Globe says that the federal courthouse and a hospital where marathon victims have been treated are being evacuated.

BREAKING NEWS: Federal court is being evacuated and a witness says Brigham and Women's Hospital is also being evacuated.

BREAKING NEWS: Federal court is being evacuated and a witness says Brigham and Women's Hospital is also being evacuated.-- The Boston Globe

Update - 3:07 p.m.: Reuters reports that the courthouse has been evacuated.

Security officials clear Boston courthouse -- order court staff, attorneys, media to leave -- Reuters witness #breaking

Security officials clear Boston courthouse -- order court staff, attorneys, media to leave -- Reuters witness #breaking-- Reuters US News

Update - 3:12 p.m.: Boston Globe confirms reports of the evacuation.

Federal courthouse evacuated; hundreds outside. People are being pushed back from building. Coast Guard and police boats in water.

Federal courthouse evacuated; hundreds outside. People are being pushed back from building. Coast Guard and police boats in water.-- The Boston Globe

Update - 3:13 p.m.: Journalist posts panorama view of the media presence outside the federal courthouse.

3:13pm panorama, we are being asked to move back 'for our safety' http://t.co/NvUPuQ0m6L

3:13pm panorama, we are being asked to move back 'for our safety' http://t.co/NvUPuQ0m6L-- Joe Spurr

Update - 3:17 p.m.: WCVB-TV Boston reports that the evacuation has been labeled a "Code Red."

Veteran prosecutor tells @wcvbkelleyt this is the first "Code Red" in his memory. #BREAKING http://t.co/vEEnRzvn20

Veteran prosecutor tells @wcvbkelleyt this is the first "Code Red" in his memory. #BREAKING http://t.co/vEEnRzvn20-- WCVB-TV Boston

Update - 3:18 p.m.: BuzzFeed's Jessica Testa reports that a K-9 unit has entered the courthouse.

K-9 unit just walked into courthouse.

K-9 unit just walked into courthouse.-- jessica testa

Update - 3:28 p.m.: ABC News says courthouse was evacuated due to a bomb threat. No device was found.

U.S. Marshals: Bomb threat made against the federal courthouse in Boston. At this time, no device found .http://t.co/X7bfygMVtj

U.S. Marshals: Bomb threat made against the federal courthouse in Boston. At this time, no device found .http://t.co/X7bfygMVtj-- ABC News

Update - 3:29 p.m.: BuzzFeed's Jessica Testa reports that reporters outside the Boston federal courthouse have been forced to move across the street.

And yet we're being pushed back even further. My view of the court house now: http://t.co/DlnL5mtgvS

And yet we're being pushed back even further. My view of the court house now: http://t.co/DlnL5mtgvS-- jessica testa

Update - 3:36 p.m.: BuzzFeed's Ryan Broderick reports that 4chan is claiming to have called in the courthouse bomb threat.

4chan claims they called in the Boston Bomb Threat http://t.co/rqAZJdbcM1

4chan claims they called in the Boston Bomb Threat http://t.co/rqAZJdbcM1-- Ryan Broderick

Update - 3:38 p.m.: Boston Globe reporter says courthouse evacuation caused by media presence.

Source telling me that Fed Courthouse evacuated b/c of my brethren in the media. We apparently created a false alarm.

Source telling me that Fed Courthouse evacuated b/c of my brethren in the media. We apparently created a false alarm.-- Maria Cramer

Update - 4:19 p.m.: Boston Federal Courthouse gives all clear signal.

Courthouse was declared open by a man coming outside and waving a large green flag. (Seriously). http://t.co/lfFUkzY2eL

Courthouse was declared open by a man coming outside and waving a large green flag. (Seriously). http://t.co/lfFUkzY2eL-- Adam Gabbatt

Update - 4:24 p.m.: Boston Globe reports that 5 p.m. FBI briefing has been cancelled.

Officials cancel promised 5 p.m. briefing on the Boston Marathon citing 'today's events at Moakley Courthouse' where bomb scare led to evac.

Officials cancel promised 5 p.m. briefing on the Boston Marathon citing 'today's events at Moakley Courthouse' where bomb scare led to evac.-- The Boston Globe

Update - 4:36 p.m.: Reuters reports that the FBI has postponed the 5 p.m. press briefing.

FBI postpones planned 5:00PM ET news briefing on Boston Marathon investigation, new time unclear: FBI spokeswoman #developing

FBI postpones planned 5:00PM ET news briefing on Boston Marathon investigation, new time unclear: FBI spokeswoman #developing-- Reuters US News

Update - Boston Globe pretty much sums it up.

Public confusion engulfed the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing this afternoon http://t.co/tjFHjnsOYo

Public confusion engulfed the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing this afternoon http://t.co/tjFHjnsOYo-- The Boston Globe

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