That cheerful message was reposted by Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi from the Boston Muslim Community on his Facebook page last year. FOX News is reporting that Alharbi (harb = sword) is the “person of interest” being questioned. This is still preliminary information and may not pan out in the long run.
A source close to the investigation confirms to FoxNews.com the man whose apartment was searched is considered a person of interest in the case, and is the same person of interest Fox News confirmed earlier authorities are guarding at a local hospital.
The source confirmed to FoxNews.com that the person of interest is Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a 20-year-old Saudi. His Facebook page identifies him as a current or former student at the New England School of English. He is believed to have entered the country on a student visa.
The source stressed that Alharbi is a person of interest, not a suspect, and said he suffered serious injuries in the explosion.
Alharbi’s Facebook page hasn’t been updated in a while. He is a Saudi student and poses in the photo above holding a golden gun on Saudi Day. If he turns out to be one of the perpetrators, then the timing for Obama’s new open door policy to Saudi travelers will have been a particularly bad one.
UPDATE: Unnamed law enforcement officials are saying that the Saudi they have in custody is a witness, not a suspect, but reports are that he was stopped at the scene while acting suspiciously and the same source that calls him a witness, also says that a search was conducted of his apartment. If you’re searching an apartment, then the man in question is or was a suspect.
The Saudi embassy is wired into the process and spinning furiously. The closed meeting between Kerry and the Saudi foreign minister was likely reshaped to focus on the implications of this case with officials doing their best to keep a lid on it.
UPDATE: There are more details of the search and the area.
“I don’t think he could do that,’’ the roommate, Mohammed Bodawood, told the Globe. Bodawood described the man as a devout Muslim who is 20 years old and a fan of soccer.
According to the source, the oceanfront apartment complex is a popular rental spot for Arabs from the Middle East. He said about 30 apartments are rented to area college students from Saudi Arabia. Bodawood, who is 20 and also from Saudi Arabia, said he had lived with the man for five months.
Bodawood said law enforcement suddenly appeared at his door on Ocean Avenue on Monday night and asked him to step out of the unit. “It was scary. They told me you should be outside,” said Bodawood, who left the building and stayed overnight at a friend’s apartment. Police were still at the apartment this morning. At the apartment complex, a man who identified himself as another roommate, declined to answer questions.