ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP/WISH) — 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.
FBI Special agent Wendy Osborne said the FBI was conducting an investigation in Zionsville, an affluent Indianapolis suburb, area but wouldn’t say whether it involved Fogle or describe the nature of the investigation.
Neighbors confirmed the raid occurred at the home of Fogle, 37, who became the 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. He has since worked to create awareness of childhood obesity through his Jared Foundation.
According to our sister station, WISH TV, the early-morning raid was part of an ongoing child porn investigation tied to the former executive director of The Jared Foundation. Russell Taylor was let go from the foundation following his arrest in April on three counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of child exploitation and three counts of voyeurism.
Calls to Fogle’s home went unanswered Tuesday.
WTHR-TV and The Indianapolis Star reported Fogle was detained while electronics were removed from the home and analyzed inside a mobile forensics van Tuesday morning. Fogle was seen leaving the van.
Neighbors said the family 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.
Associated Press writer Candace Choi in New York contributed to this story.
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