NYC officials and federal authorities are searching for clues following the failed Times Square bombing over the weekend. They have taken a particular interest in a man seen near the explosives-laden vehicle in footage taken by a nearby security camera.
The hunt was on Monday for a middle-aged man who was videotaped shedding his shirt near the sport utility vehicle where the bomb was found. Authorities also wanted to talk to the owner of the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, making the morning talk show rounds Monday, warned on NBC's "Today" that the person on the tape may not become a suspect.
"There are millions of people that come through Times Square," he said. "This person happened to be in a position which a camera got a good shot of him, and maybe he had something to do with it but there's a very good chance that he did not. We're exploring a lot of leads."
The New York surveillance video, made public late Sunday, shows an unidentified white man apparently in his 40s slipping down Shubert Alley and taking off his shirt, revealing another underneath. In the same clip, he's seen looking back in the direction of the smoking vehicle and furtively putting the first shirt in a bag. Police hoped to interview the tourist who took the video.
The NYPD and FBI also were examining "hundreds of hours" of security videotape from around Times Square.