Police search Indiana home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle: reports
Authorities searched the Indiana home of Subway sandwich chain pitchman Jared Fogle on Tuesday, about two months after the executive director of his foundation was arrested on federal child pornography charges, local media reported.
Fogle, who is well known from his appearances on Subway television commercials extolling the health benefits of the company’s menu, was detained outside his home in the town of Zionsville as law enforcement agents removed electronics from the house, local news outlet WTHR reported.
It was not clear if Fogle, a father of two, is a target of what authorities have said is a joint investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement. Officials refused to comment about the activity at Fogle’s home.
Subway issued a statement saying it was “shocked” by the news and believe it is related to the prior investigation of the former Jared Foundation employee.
“We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely,” a Subway spokesman said in a statement. “We don’t have any more details at this point.” The Indiana State Police assisted the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana in the investigation, according to state police spokesman Sergeant Richard Myers.
Agents from the FBI and the U.S. Postal Service also were at Fogle’s home, the Indianapolis Star reported.
Russell Taylor, the former executive director of the Jared Foundation, was arrested on May 3 and charged with seven counts of production and one count of possession of child pornography.
Taylor’s arrest was part of a joint investigation by the Indiana State Police, the local Indianapolis police department and the FBI, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Fogle became a Subway spokesman after losing a reported 245 pounds (111 kg) in part by eating regularly at the sandwich chain. He has been cited by the Indiana State Department of Health as a role model and was appointed to the governor’s council for physical fitness and sports.
Fogle made his first Subway commercial in 2000 and appeared in a new one last year, according to the company’s website. He started the Jared Foundation in 2005 to help fight childhood obesity and in 2006, wrote a book called “Winning Through Losing,” according to the company’s website.