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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

FBI Tightens Ring on Bomb Suspect

ATLANTA -- Step by methodical step, the FBI pressed its investigation of Richard Jewell, searching the security guard's home for evidence that the hero of the Olympic bombing may actually have been the bomber.


From morning to night Wednesday, agents armed with a search warrant scoured the two-bedroom apartment, one day after Jewell, 33, emerged as a suspect in Saturday's fatal explosion at downtown Atlanta's Olympic park.


Later Wednesday, FBI agents also searched a wooden shed on a cabin property outside Clarksville, in northeastern Georgia. Local residents reported Jewell had rented the cabin before moving to Atlanta last May.


Agents carted away box after box of unidentified material from the apartment in Atlanta's northern suburbs, and towed away Jewell's blue Toyota pickup truck to be examined.


"Mr. Jewell has not been placed under arrest and has notdbeen charged with any crime," FBI spokesman David Tubbs pointed out before the search began.


A sniffer dog and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which specializes in explosives, took part in the search of the apartment, which Jewell shares with his mother. During much of the day, Jewell sat on steps outside, head in hands.


The crude pipe bomb, hidden in an olive-drab knapsack, exploded about 1:25 a.m. Saturday at an open-air rock concert in Centennial Olympic Park, killing a Georgia woman and injuring 111 other people.


Jewell, a private guard assigned to the area, pointed out the unattended bag to police and helped direct people away from the spot. But the device exploded before the evacuation was complete. An anonymous call to a police emergency line was made before the blast warning of a bomb somewhere in the park, but that information was never relayed to the police in the park.


Jewell subsequently was hailed as a hero -- and interviewed on national television -- because his apparent alertness helped prevent more serious injuries. He himself approached media outlets to publicize his actions.


Investigators routinely look at those closest to a crime as potential suspects. In Jewell's case, they apparently were intrigued with a possible fit to a common profile for a lone bomber -- a former police officer, military man or aspiring policeman who seeks to become a hero.


Jewell had worked for 13 months as a campus security guard at Piedmont College in northern Georgia but was asked to resign last May for being too intrusive in his work, the college said.


Among other incidents, he was arrested in May 1990 in DeKalb county, outside Atlanta, on a charge of impersonating a law officer for attempting to arrest an intoxicated man. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months probation.