There haven’t been many laughs available as police hunted for a man wanted for the Boston Marathon bombings of Monday, April 15.
Zooey Deschanel appeared to be the nation’s most wanted terrorist for a few minutes if you believed what a local Fox station ran in their news caption.
You may blame the heat of the moment or a hard-to-spell name, but Fox affiliate apparently identified Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as actress Zooey Deschanel.
A photo of the strange and rather amusing mix-up was posted on Twitter by user @peterogburn on Friday (April 19). Aired at 1:47pm local time, the closed-captioning that accompanied a news report on the manhunt for Tsarnaev made a laughable mistake.
Radio show producer for “The Bill Press Show” Peter Ogburn noticed the incorrect closed caption on FOX 4 Dallas-Fort Worth reading, “Marathon bombing, he is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel.” Ogburn shared a pic of his TV screen on Twitter with the caption, “Oh come on, Fox.”
“Marathon bombing, he is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel,” read the caption.
This must have been a shocking surprise to Zooey when she learned she was mistakenly named as the Boston bombing suspect.
Though the purported gaffe could have been a hoax, Deschanel herself responded to the image, which circulated on Twitter as police were closing in on Tsarnaev Friday night:
“Whoa! Epic closed captioning FAIL! “@joelmchale: Oh my RT @peterogburn: pic.twitter.com/F3sbpmq9WO”
Ogburn later jokingly tweeted the “New Girl” star, “So, you’re saying it wasn’t you?”
Fox 4 posted somewhat of an apology for the Zooey Deschanel caption mishap on Facebook:
“Yeah… it’s been one of those weeks in pretty much every way… Have a wonderful weekend everybody and thanks for sticking with us through the crazy!!”
The most likely situation instead seems to be a simple case of auto-correct failure. The suspect’s unusual and hard-to-spell name could easily have fallen prey to that well-meaning but oft-incorrect computer function.
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, also known as Suspect No. 2 in the bombings case, was taken into custody Friday night in Boston, Mass.
The first suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was gunned down in a police shootout in Watertown after he killed a cop at Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus.
The two brothers are accused of planting the bombs that killed 3 and injured around 180 others at Monday’s Boston Marathon.
The entire city and suburbs of Boston were previously put on lockdown as the FBI tracked down the second suspect, identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who was later apprehended after he had been holed up inside a boat in a Watertown neighborhood. Now he has been taken into custody.
Tsaraev was taken out of the boat alive and has “unspecified medical needs.”
The FBI also took two males and a female into custody for questioning at New Bedford, Massachusetts, at a residence believed to be connected to Dzhokar, said New Bedford Police Lt. Robert Richard.
On Friday night, multiple explosions were heard near Franklin Street in Watertown, where authorities engaged the suspect.
Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis believes that the Boston Marathon suspects may have been planning more future attacks.