Cowboy Hat-Wearing Hero Questioned, FBI Took Items as Potential Evidence [VIDEO]
Carlos Arredondo is one of the many faces of heroism that emerged in the chaos the Boston bombings, instantly springing into action to help victims as seen in photographs and videos. But his service didn’t stop there — law enforcement wanted to ask him questions too.
Arredondo — a Boston resident whose story later emerged, revealing he was the father of a fallen soldier and an anti-war activist — was questioned by local police and the FBI conducting their investigation into the two explosions that took place Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
This photo has become iconic showing the severity of the wounds inflicted in the bombings. Carlos Arredondo in the cowboy hat and emergency responders push Jeff Bauman in a wheel chair after he was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, 2013 in Boston. At least three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 170 were wounded when two bombs blew up seconds apart. (Photo: AP/Charles Krupa)
WBZ-TV reported Arredondo saying officers and agents came to his Roslindale neighborhood home Wednesday, asked him questions and took some items.
“They took my clothes, my shoes my pants, my t-shirt, whatever they needed I provided to them,” Arredondo told WBZ-TV.
Carlos Arredondo, who was at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon when two explosives detonated, leaves the scene on April 15. (Photo: Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Arredondo shows the bloody flag he had on the day of the race to a CBS affiliate reporter in his home after he was questioned and had some of his clothing taken by investigators Wednesday. (Image: WBZ-TV screenshot)
Arredondo, who was at the marathon cheering on runners racing in honor of his sons, said he is “10o percent supportive” of the agents doing their job, noting “it’s very important to support the investigation.”
Watch WBZ-TV’s report:
Carlos Arredondo – Boston Marathon Hero In A Cowboy Hat
Just seconds after the tragic bombing attacks at the Boston Marathon Monday hundreds of heroes jumped in to help the injured. One hero, Carlos Arredondo, jumped the fence and began using his clothes and towels to stop the victims’ bleeding. Arredondo’s cowboy hat and long, dark hair made him easy to spot in several traumatic images. In photo by Charles Kupa, Arredondo is seen pinching an artery on a severed leg of 27-year-old Jeff Bauman Jr. while pushing him in a wheelchair. In an interview on his way home, a visibly shaken Arredando describes his courageous effort to help the injured. Jeff Bauman Jr. is in critical but stable condition at Boston Medical Center after losing both legs.