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Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle’s Home Raided by FBI

Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle’s Home Raided by FBI

UPDATE: Subway says it’s suspending its relationship with spokesman Jared Fogle amid the investigation, a Subway spokesman told The Daily Meal. The chain has also deactivated the link to the “Jared’s Journey” section on their official website. The section was devoted to Jared and his weight-loss journey, and included games and interviews.

FBI agents raided Subway spokesman Jared Fogle’s Indiana home Tuesday morning, according to WTHR.

This raid comes only months after the arrest of Russell Taylor, the former executive director of Fogle’s charity foundation, The Jared Foundation, on charges related to child pornography.

FBI spokeswoman Wendy Osborne confirmed that the agency was conducting a criminal investigation. She didn’t provide further comment or say if the search was connected to Fogle’s associate’s prior arrest, according to Fox News.

Agents were seen taking electronics, including a computer, from the home and carrying them to an evidence truck in the driveway. Fogle was also seen stepping into the evidence truck at one point, according to WTHR.

“We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee. We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don’t have any more details at this point,” a Subway spokesman told The Daily Meal.

Fogle, 37, became Subway’s spokesman after an all-Subway diet helped him lose 235 pounds as a freshman at Indiana University. He’s appeared in more than 200 commercials for the sandwich juggernaut and is best known for holding up his old, now oversized pants. He’s helped promote Subway’s “healthy” image for over a decade.

Fogle hasn’t been charged or arrested, and is cooperating fully with the authorities, Fogle’s attorney, Ron Elberger, told the Indianapolis Star.


Update: Subway Suspends Relationship With Jared Fogle

Federal authorities walk into the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle in Zionsville.

Updated 6:00 p.m.

Sandwich chain Subway has "suspended" its relationship with longtime commercial spokesman Jared Fogle following a federal investigation into him.

Subway tweeted the news Tuesday evening, almost 12 hours after FBI and Indiana State Police raided Fogle's Zionsville home, calling it a mutual decision.

"Subway & Jared Fogle have agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation. Jared is cooperating with authorities," the Tweet read.

Earlier Tuesday morning, law enforcement officials went to Fogle's home and reportedly searched electronic equipment. The search comes two months after the head of Fogle's foundation was arrested for possessing child pornography.

Calls to The Jared Foundation Tuesday afternoon went unanswered.

Updated 1:35 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS -- State and federal authorities have raided the Zionsville home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, two months after a Fogle associate was arrested on child pornography charges.

The U.S. Attorney&rsquos office in Indiana says state and federal authorities were at Fogle&rsquos suburban home early Tuesday morning.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney says Fogle has not been arrested or charged with a crime. Other local media outlets are reporting the investigation surrounds child pornography, but the U.S. Attorney&rsquos office would not confirm that and a spokesperson for the FBI says the nature of the investigation could not be disclosed.

Fogel's attorney, Ron Elberger, released the following statement:

"Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges, and looks forward to its conclusion."

Fogle is known for losing more than 200 pounds on a Subway sandwich diet and then becoming a corporate spokesman.

He is the founder of the Jared Foundation, which encourages children to develop habits of healthy eating and exercise. In May, Russell Taylor, executive director of the Jared Foundation, was arrested and charged with possessing child porn.

Subway released the following statement regarding the raid:

&ldquoWe are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee. We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don&rsquot have any more details at this point.&rdquo

Later Tuesday morning, Fogle was seen on local television leaving his home and driving away, not making a comment.


Jared Fogle’s Home Raided by FBI

NEWS : Federal agents raided the home of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle.

On 7 July 2015, federal and state agents raided the Zionsville , Indiana, home of Jared Fogle, the “Subway Guy” who became a familiar figure to millions of Americans through his roles as spokesperson and advertising pitchman for the Subway chain of sandwich shops. https://youtu.be/HUDH7TSQa4k

FBI spokeswoman Wendy Osborne confirmed that the agency was conducting a criminal investigation in the area of Fogle’s home but did not specify the nature of the probe, and Fogle has not been arrested or charged with any crime. Indianapolis television station WTHR reported that the raid on Fogle’s home was part of a child pornography investigation, likely stemming from the May 2015 arrest of Russell Taylor, the former executive director of the Jared Foundation:

Investigators from the FBI, State Police and Postal Service were observed outside while an evidence truck was parked in his driveway. Fogle was seen leaving the truck.

It could not be immediately confirmed why police were at the home, which is on the 4500 block of Woods Edge Drive. But the raid comes nearly two months after the executive director of Fogle’s foundation was arrested in Indianapolis on federal child pornography charges.

Subway also said that the raid was likely linked to an investigation into an employee at the foundation Fogle founded to combat childhood obesity:

We are shocked about the news & believe it is related to a former Jared Foundation employee. We are monitoring the situation closely.

— SUBWAY® (@SUBWAY) July 7, 2015

In May 2015, federal prosecutors in Indianapolis charged 43-year-old Russell Taylor, the former executive director of the Jared Foundation, with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.


Police, FBI Raid Home of Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle

FBI agents and state police raided the Zionsville, Indiana home of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle early Tuesday morning.

Authorities reportedly parked an evidence truck in Fogle’s driveway Tuesday morning and were seen carrying items, including electronics, out of his home. Fogle was seen leaving the evidence truck, according to the Indianapolis Star. In the afternoon, Fogle was reportedly picked up at his home and driven away by a man in a black Lexus sedan.

Jared Fogle in the passenger seat riding away from his home. pic.twitter.com/McnwXFsOKq

&mdash Madeline Buckley (@Mabuckley88) July 7, 2015

The reason for the raid was not immediately made clear, but it comes on the heels of the April arrest of Russell Taylor, the 43-year-old executive director of Fogle’s Jared Foundation, on child pornography charges. According to Indianapolis CBS affiliate KTTV, a raid conducted at Taylor’s home in April found more than 500 videos of child pornography on a home computer.

Subway released a statement Tuesday afternoon in response to the raid:

We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee,” the sandwich chain said. “We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don’t have any more details at this point.

Fogle appeared in commercials for Subway in the late 1990s after losing more than 200 pounds on a diet consisting mostly of the chain’s sandwiches and exercise.

In 2004, Fogle founded the Jared Foundation to raise awareness of childhood obesity. The organization raises money and develops programs for children to learn healthy eating habits.

Neighbor Jacob Schrader, 19, described Fogle as a “private guy,” telling the Star that he would occasionally see him retrieving his mail or walking around the neighborhood.

“This doesn’t ever happen in this neighborhood,” Schrader told the paper.

Meanwhile, Taylor has reportedly been charged with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He attempted to commit suicide on May 6 at the Marion County Jail where he is currently being held, and is reportedly on life support.

“I was shocked to learn of the disturbing allegations against Mr. Taylor,” Fogle said in a statement issued after Taylor’s arrest in April. “Effective immediately, the Jared Foundation is severing all ties with Mr. Taylor.”

Indianapolis Star reporter Madeline Buckley recorded video of the evidence truck parked in Fogle’s driveway early Tuesday:


More details emerge after raid on Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's home

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. -- A week after FBI agents raided the Indiana home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, more details are emerging about the child pornography investigation that led authorities to his home.

Fogle has not been arrested or charged and some close to Fogle say that is because nothing sinister was found in his home in Zionsville, north of Indianapolis.

U.S. authorities have not acknowledged that they are investigating Fogle, much less indicated whether Fogle is a target or why. But there are two things that that may shed light on the case.

First, Russ Taylor, the leader of Fogle's child-obesity foundation, may be cooperating with federal authorities. Taylor has been held since May on charges he produced and possessed child pornography.

In court records, weeks before Fogle's home was raided, Taylor agreed to suspend his right to a speedy resolution of the case to allow investigators more time to prepare charges. Taylor was turned in by a female acquaintance, who he allegedly asked in a text message if the pair could engage in bestiality. The woman told investigators she received an image file via text from Taylor that depicted bestiality. A search of his home turned up 500 videos and a shocking trove of child porn-some images of children as young as 9.

A second detail is from a former Florida journalist who told ABC in Sarasota that she met with Fogle numerous times the past decade during his promotional visits and that he made numerous inappropriate comments about middle school girls.

"The subject matter is similar to what the FBI found when they raided his home but it goes deeper than that," said the woman who asked not to be identified. She said she eventually called the FBI, wore a wire and recorded phone conversations with Fogle.

"That's exactly what started this," the woman said. "When I presented it to the FBI the first thing they said to me is, 'This who I think it is?' I said 'Yes, it is.' And it just went in full gear after that."

Fogle's attorney told ABC in Sarasota that the woman's account is an "unrealistic fabrication." He said Fogle is cooperating, but declined further comment.


Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle’s Home Raided in Connection With Child Porn Investigation

The raid follows news in April that Russell Taylor, the executive director of Fogle's Jared Foundation, aimed at tackling childhood obesity, was arrested for possessing child porn.

THR staff

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FBI agents raided the home of longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle early Tuesday in connection with a child pornography investigation, according to Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR .

WTHR reported that authorities removed electronics from Fogle’s home, located in the Indianapolis suburb of Zionsville , and were analyzing said devices inside a mobile forensics van parked in Fogle’s driveway. Indiana State Police were also on the scene, TMZ reported.

Fogle was detained outside the house but was not placed under arrest.

The raid follows news in April that Russell Taylor, the executive director of Fogle’s Jared Foundation, aimed at tackling childhood obesity, was arrested for possessing child porn. It’s not clear if the Tuesday morning raid was connected to Taylor’s arrest.

The FBI told CNBC in a statement that it “is conducting investigative activity in the area. We cannot disclose the nature of the activity at this time.” State police have not yet responded to a request for comment.

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Subway said in a statement: “We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee. We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don’t have any more details at this point.”

Fogle’s attorney, Ron Elberger , said in a statement: “Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges, and looks forward to its conclusion.”

Fogle once weighed 425 and lost 250 pounds with a Subway diet of his own creation, leading to his being hired by the company.


Subway, Jared Fogle Suspend Ties

Subway and its longtime pitchman Jared Fogle suspended ties after federal authorities raided his home, placing a sudden, unwanted spotlight on the sandwich chain and raising the question of how closely brands should link themselves to individual personalities.

Local television news footage showed law enforcement personnel including Federal Bureau of Investigation officials early Tuesday carrying computers and other items out of Mr. Fogle’s home in Zionsville, Ind., an affluent suburb of Indianapolis.

The reports showed Mr. Fogle walking with authorities to and from a large white truck described as an evidence vehicle parked in his driveway.

Federal and state officials declined to provide information on the episode. An FBI spokeswoman would say only that it is conducting “investigative activity in the area, the nature of which can’t be disclosed.”

“Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges and looks forward to its conclusion,” Mr. Fogle’s attorney, Ron Elberger, said in an emailed statement. “He has not been detained, arrested or charged with any crime or offense.”


Police raid home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle

Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was driven away from his Zionsville home by an attorney in a black Lexus Tuesday afternoon in the midst of an hours-long police investigation conducted by federal and state officials.

The Subway chain said it believes the investigation is related to the prior arrest of a former Jared Foundation executive.

Investigators from the FBI, Indiana State Police and Postal Service arrived at Fogle's large, brick home in 4500 block of Woods Edge Drive early Tuesday and parked an evidence truck in the driveway.

In the early hours of the probe, Fogle was seen leaving the truck, and investigators carried electronics and other items out of Fogle's home.

It could not be immediately confirmed why police were at the residence, but the raid comes just two months after 43-year-old Russell Taylor, the executive director of The Jared Foundation, was arrested in Indianapolis on federal child pornography charges.

A detective's affidavit filed in May to obtain search warrants for Taylor's residence details allegation against the former head of Fogle's foundation, including claims he produced and possessed child pornography involving children — both boys and girls — as young as 9 years old.

One item police recovered from Taylor's home office, according to court records, did appear to have a link to Fogle or his foundation. The officers who searched Taylor's home reported recovering a thumb drive that contained multiple videos of child pornography, including what police described as "commercially made child pornography from Eastern Europe similar to that seized on other investigations." The detective leading the probe noted an examination of that thumb drive "revealed a document file with Taylor's employer listed in the file name."

It is unclear, however, if that referred to Fogle or the foundation. It also is not clear from the court document if that specific file contained pornographic images. And federal officials wouldn't comment on either case today.

In response to the investigation, Subway released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

"We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee. We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don't have any more details at this point."

FBI spokeswoman Wendy Osborne this morning confirmed that the agency was conducting a criminal investigation in Zionsville, but she would not comment on the nature of the probe.

She referred questions to officials from the U.S. attorney's office, who declined to comment, citing a Department of Justice policy that prohibits them from confirming or denying the existence of an investigation.

Indiana State Police also referred questions to the U.S. attorney's office.

Fogle rose to fame in television commercials for the Subway sandwich chain after losing 235 pounds by eating Subway sandwiches and exercising. Fogle was a 425-pound freshman at Indiana University when he embarked on the unusual diet of turkey and veggie subs in 1998.

Fogle founded the Jared Foundation to encourage children to develop habits of healthy eating and exercise.

Two days after he was formally charged, Taylor attempted suicide on May 6 at the Marion County Jail and was placed on life support.

Tim Horty, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, said Tuesday that Taylor's health is improving and he is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

He faces seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

Court documents said officers initially searched Taylor's home in the 1300 block of Salem Creek Boulevard on April 29 looking for "evidence of bestiality, including images or videos," but found several digital media cards and thumb drives that included "multiple video files of nude or partially nude minor children."

Over 400 videos of child pornography were found on computers and storage media.

It added many of those images appeared to have been made in bedrooms and bathrooms at Taylor's former and current homes. "Many of these videos showed the exposed genitals or pubic area of the children" – both boys and girls – and that the "minors did not appear to be aware that they were being filmed," according to the court record.

The court documents also said Taylor had an interest in bestiality and shared images with an unnamed person involving a "dog licking the nude genital area of an adult female." Taylor has not been charged with any crimes related to that video or alleged bestiality.

After Taylor's arrest, Fogle issued a statement that said he was "shocked" over the allegations and that the foundation was "severing all ties" with Taylor.

Fogle's home was surrounded by police, media and neighbors during Tuesday's operation. Rain periodically pelted onlookers with small bouts of sunshine breaking in.

The forensic truck parked in the driveway held a handful of investigators who occasionally popped out to enter the home or sip on a water bottle.

Raining out here as media and police work outside Subway Jared&#39s home. pic.twitter.com/pfvE29ddIu

— Madeline Buckley (@Mabuckley88) July 7, 2015

Occasionally, residents of the upscale neighborhood stopped on their bikes, or while walking their dogs, to stare and comment that the neighborhood is usually quiet.

At one point, a woman drove by in a minivan and shooed two young girls on bikes away from the scene.

Neighbors said the Fogle family was cordial, but private, as some neighbors who lived nearby said they did not often socialize with the family.

Other residents declined to discuss their neighbors.

Jacob Schrader, 19, came home to his neighborhood Tuesday to find a bevy of police and reporters outside the home he knew to belong to the Subway spokesman.

"He's a private guy," Schrader said.

Schrader said he saw Fogle walking the neighborhood or getting his mail. Other neighbors said Fogle would appear outside from time to time and give a friendly wave.

"This doesn't ever happen in this neighborhood," Schrader said, referring to the influx of media and police.


Subway Suspends Ties With Spokesman Jared Fogle After Raid At Home

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle on Tuesday, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog, two months after the then-executive director of Fogle’s foundation was arrested on child pornography charges.

FBI agent Wendy Osborne said the agency was conducting an investigation in Zionsville, an affluent Indianapolis suburb, but wouldn’t say whether it involved Fogle or describe the nature of the investigation.

Subway said in a statement that it is “very concerned” about the raid, which it believes “is related to a prior investigation” of a former employee of the Jared Foundation, an organization founded by Fogle to raise awareness about childhood obesity. Subway did not immediately say whether that employee was former foundation executive director Russell Taylor.

The company had removed references to Fogle from its website by late afternoon and issued another statement, saying the two “have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation.”

“Jared continues to cooperate with authorities and he expects no actions to be forthcoming,” the company said. “Both Jared and Subway agree that this was the appropriate step to take.”

Federal prosecutors in May filed a criminal complaint charging Taylor, 43, with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Fogle issued a statement after the charges were filed saying he was shocked by the allegations and was severing all ties with Taylor.

The Indianapolis Star photographed Fogle stepping out of a police evidence van parked outside his home Tuesday morning, and he left the house just after noon with attorney Ron Elberger. Fogle declined to comment, but Elberger later released a statement saying his client is cooperating with authorities.

“Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges, and looks forward to its conclusion,” Elberger said.

Fogle, 37, became the Subway restaurant chain’s pitchman after shedding 245 pounds more than 15 years ago, in part by regularly eating Subway sandwiches. Subway began featuring Fogle in commercials soon after, and his story was instrumental in giving the sandwich chain an image as a healthy place to eat.

During a search of Taylor’s home this spring, federal investigators say they discovered a cache of sexually explicit photos and videos Taylor allegedly produced by secretly filming minor children at the home. They said they also allegedly found more than 400 videos of child pornography on computers and storage media recovered from Taylor’s home office in his Indianapolis residence.

Taylor’s attorney, Brad Banks, said Tuesday his client was briefly hospitalized after the allegations surfaced but is now in federal custody. Sheriff’s officials have said Taylor tried to take his own life in jail.

“The only thing I can say is that I’m aware that there’s an ongoing investigation,” Banks said.

Tim Horty, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Indianapolis, said prosecutors “are moving forward” with the case against Taylor. He declined to comment on Tuesday’s raid at Fogle’s home.

Neighbors said Fogle and his wife entertained frequently and would say hello but that they didn’t see the couple outside a lot.

Jacob Schrader, 19, who lives across from Fogle’s house, said the pitchman seems “like a pretty private guy” and that he’d only seen him about a dozen times in the last five or six years.

“He’s like an endangered species or something like that,” Schrader said.

Subway, which is based in Milford, Connecticut, and is privately held, has struggled in recent years. Last year, industry tracker Technomic said average sales for Subway stores in the U.S. declined 3 percent from the previous year. The company has about 44,000 locations around the world.

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**UPDATE** Subway Deletes Jared Fogle from Website and Suspends Him After Child Porn-Connected FBI Raid

A link to “Jared’s Journey” on the Subway website, where users could play games and read interviews with celebrities about nutrition and healthy eating habits, is no longer working, reports TMZ. The link leads back to the Subway home page.

FBI agents and state police raided Fogle’s home early Tuesday morning, and were seen removing evidence, including electronics, from Fogle’s home to an evidence truck parked in the driveway. The raid on Fogle’s home comes two months after Russell Taylor, former executive director at Fogle’s Jared Foundation, was arrested on charges of producing and possessing child pornography.

Authorities have not yet confirmed the reason for the raid, but Subway said in a statement that it believes the raid is connected to the child porn investigation into Taylor’s activities:

“We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee. We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don’t have any more details at this point.”

An attorney for Fogle, Ron Elberger, told the Indianapolis Star that his client is cooperating with the investigation:

“Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges and looks forward to its conclusion. He has not been detained, arrested or charged with any crime or offense.”

Elberger reportedly picked up Fogle outside his residence in a black Lexus sedan as the investigation continued Tuesday afternoon.


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