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.
Investigators had little to say about the raid, but the sandwich chain said it might be linked to the earlier arrest of someone who used to work for Fogle.
Fogle became Subway’s spokesman roughly 15 years ago after reportedly losing more than 200 pounds by eating nothing but Subway sandwiches.
Bloomberg Business reports that, so far this year, Fogle-a father of a three-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter-has starred in an animated Subway commercial with his family and made an appearance at the premiere of Pixar’s Inside Out.
“We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a ex- Jared Foundation employee”, Subway said in a statement. “Both Jared and Subway agree that this was the appropriate step to take”.
Federal authorities confirm to FOX59 a Florida woman provided investigators with key information that ultimately led to a raid at the home of suspended Subway spokesman Jared Fogle.
He took up a serious walking regimen and devised his own Subway diet: one six-inch turkey sub for lunch and one 12-inch veggie delight sub for dinner, every day for a year.
“Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges and looks forward to its conclusion”, Fogle’s attorney Ron Elberger told USA Today.
Fogle was not arrested during the raid on his house in Zionville, Indiana.
Fogle’s attorney also told the newspaper that his client has not been “detained, arrested or charged with any crime or offense”.
On April 29, police searched Taylor’s Indianapolis home and found computers and storage devices containing over 400 videos of four minor children, in various states of undress or nude. The SUBWAY restaurant chain pulled into town for the Daytona 500 with their Footlong Nation Mobile Tour vehicle, giving excited race fans a chance to Skype, play video games and receive gift cards as they waited for their free $5 Footlong to be prepared by Daytona 500 pole victor Edwards and Fogle.
Taylor tried to commit suicide May 6 while being held in the Marion County Jail.
Fogle founded his charitable venture in 2004 with the stated goal of eliminating childhood obesity. Taylor is now in federal custody, according to the TV station-and a “for sale” sign hangs outside his Indianapolis home.
Taylor has directed the Jared Foundation since May 2008, according to his LinkedIn profile.