Left, Right, journos all passed along incorrect Boston PD scanner info


Contrary to earlier reports, we now know that missing Brown University undergrad Sunil Tripathi is not a suspect in the Boston marathon bombing. Mike Mulugeta also is no longer being named as a suspect.

The confusion arose after those two were named as bombing suspects early this morning on Boston Police Department scanners.

Those scanner reports were disseminated far and wide on Twitter. The Anonymous tweet above, for example, has been retweeted more than 3,000 times.

Here’s a small sampling of people who tweeted the incorrect names (based on accurate transcription of the information conveyed to officers on the police scanner):

@kylerichards18 on the police scanner- we received two names: mike muguleta and sunil tripathi.

— Sirena(@SoSirena) April 19, 2013

Scanner just read the name of a “Mulugeta” DOB: 10/29/91 MASS ID: S60034542

— Adam Rivers (@adamrivers) April 19, 2013

RT @kallmekg: BPD scanner has identified the names : Suspect 1: Mike Mulugeta Suspect 2: Sunil Tripathi. #Boston #MIT

— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) April 19, 2013


Per police scanner –> Suspect 1: Mike Mulugeta Suspect 2: Sunil Tripathi#BostonBombers

— Chris Forewit (@forewit) April 19, 2013



BPD scanner has identified Boston Bombing suspects: Mike Mulugeta and Sunil Tripathi: Trying find some backgro… bit.ly/15ltHQi

— Pamela Geller (@pamelageller) April 19, 2013

Scanner is back and suspects have names… Mike Mulugeta and Sunil Tripathi. Hopefully they get #2 soon…

— NumbersMuncher (@NumbersMuncher) April 19, 2013

They just ID’d the one of the suspects on the scanner.Born in 1991.Mulugeta?

— Ryan Foster (@hokietapes) April 19, 2013

Apparently BPD scanner identified the names Mike Mulugeta/Sunil Tripathi. Sunil was the missing student from Brown. twitter.com/_skennedy/stat…

— Samantha Kennedy (@_skennedy) April 19, 2013


Dispatch: First Boston bomb suspect is Mike Mulugeta

— Matthew Keys (@TheMatthewKeys) April 19, 2013

Dispatcher: Suspect 2 is missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi

— Matthew Keys (@TheMatthewKeys) April 19, 2013

The surviving suspect has now been identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. He has not been captured. His brother, identified as 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is reportedly dead.

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We have clarified this post to indicate that tweeters accurately reported what was said on the Boston P.D. scanner. It remains curious that Boston Police disseminated that specific information so widely to officers.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/04/19/left-right-journos-all-passed-along-incorrect-boston-police-dept-scanner-information/

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