ATLANTA, July 31 -- Federal agents combed through the apartment of a private security guard Wednesday, searching for evidence that might link him to last weekend's deadly bombing at Centennial Olympic Park.
Federal agents spent 12 hours rummaging through the apartment of Richard Jewell, 33, carrying away bags and boxes full of material for further examination. Authorities also towed Jewel's car to a police laboratory to undergo tests.
An FBI spokesman refused to comment on what agents collected, but FBI special agent David Tubbs told reporters that investigators were searching for evidence connecting Jewell to Saturday's blast, which left two people dead and more than 100 wounded.
Jewell, who was on duty when the pipe bomb exploded early Saturday morning, was celebrated as a hero after he warned police about the bag containing the explosive device and aided victims after the blast. He is now suspected of perpetrating the crime.
Tubbs stressed, however, that Jewell had not been charged with a crime.
"Mr. Jewell has not been placed under arrest and has not been charged with any crime," said Tubbs, adding that the former sheriff is not the only focus of the investigation. Tubbs said Jewell cooperated with the court-authorized search.
Watson Bryant, Jewell's attorney, denied his client was involved in the bombing.
"I think Richard Jewell is getting screwed," Bryant told a reporter. "He wants it over with, search the place, look at it, find nothing, get out of my life."
According to a published report, authorities were also examining a cabin in northeast Georgia where Jewell is believed to have stayed.
The Northeast Georgian said federal agents searched the empty cabin, located in Habersham County, as well as the surrounding grounds.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Tuesday that the erratic and apparently troubled Jewell fits the profile of a lone bomber, "a frustrated white man who is a former police officer, member of the military or police 'wannabe' who seeks to become a hero."
The Journal said FBI agents are reviewing both professional and amateur videotape to see if Jewell was caught placing the green khaki backpack that contained the pipe bomb near the sound stage, where it exploded.
After the explosion, he told members of the media he spotted a knapsack near the sound tower, reported the find to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent and helped move people from the area.
Investigators also are trying to determine whether Jewell's voice matches that of a 911 caller who phoned in a warning of the bomb to Atlanta police from a phone a few minutes' walk from the park. Agents have said the caller sounded like a white American male with no regional or distinguishable accent. Jewell, in interviews, has spoken with a distinctly Southern drawl.
Jewell was a deputy sheriff at the Habersham County Sheriff's Department, where he received bomb training, until he resigned after being demoted.
At one of his former jobs, as a security guard at Piedmont College in Demorest in northeast Georgia, Jewell was described as being overzealous and was asked to resign May 21.
Piedmont College President Ray Cleere said his association with Jewell led him to call the Georgia Bureau of Investigation after he saw the suspect interviewed on CNN.
"His behavior here had been a little erratic," said Cleere. "He had been very sporadic and we felt he needed to be checked out further. To be perfectly honest, after a conversation with him, we weren't sure this was the right setting for him," he said.
In 1990, Jewell was charged in DeKalb County, Ga., with impersonating a police officer after he tried to arrest two people who were fighting. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered to undergo psychological counseling.