Police Remove Electronics from Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle's Indiana Home During Raid
Fogle first rose to fame in 1999 after he lost 235 lbs. by eating Subway sandwiches and exercising
Authorities raided the Zionsville, Indiana, home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle early Tuesday morning, PEOPLE confirms.
FBI agents and state police gathered in the 37-year-old Fogle’s driveway and an evidence truck was photographed parked outside, The Indianapolis Star reports. Electronics were removed from the home and analyzed inside the truck, according to the Associated Press. Fogle himself was photographed by the Star stepping out of the truck in question.
“We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee,” a Subway spokesman tells PEOPLE in a statement. “We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don’t have any more details at this point.”
PEOPLE could not immediately confirm the reason for the police presence, but the visit comes just two months after the executive director of Fogle’s foundation was arrested on federal child porn charges.
Fogle is not under arrest at this time, WTHR reports.
Russell Taylor, 43, was taken into police custody in April and charged with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
He attempted to commit suicide in May, but he failed and remains on life support, CBS4 reports.
Fogle severed all ties with Taylor following the arrest, saying that he was “shocked” by the horrific allegations.
Neighbors told the AP that the Fogle family is friendly, but they described Jared as a “pretty private guy.”
“He’s like an endangered species or something like that,” 19-year-old Jacob Schrader said, adding that Fogle keeps to himself.
The Subway spokesman first rose to fame in 1999 after he lost 235 lbs. by eating Subway sandwiches and exercising. He became the face of the chain, starring in numerous spots promoting the fast food’s health benefits.
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