Subway and Jared part ways
Posted: Jul 7, 2015 7:01 PM CDT
(CNN) Investigators raided the Indiana home of longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle on Tuesday morning, seizing electronics in a search that the sandwich chain says might be linked to the earlier arrest of someone who once worked for him.
Agents took computers from Fogle's home in Zionsville, just north of Indianapolis, after arriving at about 6 a.m., Fogle attorney Ron Elberger said, without disclosing what they were looking for.
Elberger said Fogle, the man who soared to fame 15 years ago after saying he shed more than 200 pounds in part through a Subway diet, has not been charged or arrested.
The sandwich chain said Tuesday that it was parting ways with Fogle.
\"Subway and Jared Fogle have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation,\" a Subway spokesman said in a statement. \"Jared continues to cooperate with authorities, and he expects no actions to be forthcoming. Both Jared and Subway agree that this was the appropriate step to take.\"
Tuesday's raid comes more than two months after the executive director of the Jared Foundation -- Fogle's organization that aspires to combat childhood obesity -- was arrested in Indianapolis on federal child pornography charges.
Authorities haven't said anything linking the search at Fogle's home to that case or any other investigation.
FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne, responding to questions, said that the agency is \"conducting investigative activity in the area,\" but that she couldn't discuss the nature of the probe. U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Tim Horty said he couldn't confirm or deny an investigation.
\"Jared has been cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation of certain unspecified activities and looks forward to its conclusion,\" Elberger said.
But Subway said that it believed the search was \"related to a prior investigation\" of someone who used to work for Fogle's foundation.
\"We are shocked about the news and believe it (Tuesday's search) is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee,\" a Subway spokesman said. \"We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don't have any more details at this point.\"
Subway didn't name the former Jared Foundation worker or elaborate on that investigation.