Chicago Police have confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that “the two men who have been questioned by police since Wednesday evening have been arrested.”
Police sources told ET the two men were placed under arrest on Wednesday night, but have not yet been charged and their names have not yet been released by police.
Earlier on Friday, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told ET: “Detectives have probable cause that they may have been involved in an alleged crime and we are working to corroborate the allegations and investigative timeline as our investigation continues.”
Smollett said two masked men shouted racial and homophobic slurs before attacking him and putting a rope around his neck early on Jan. 29.
According to Chicago Sun-Times, detectives said the men arrested are the same people shown in surveillance images released by police after the alleged attack.
The suspects’ location was reportedly tracked through detective work, including tracing their location through ride-hailing and taxi records in the area of the reported attack.
The men were picked up at O’Hare Airport on Wednesday night and have been questioned by police ever since.
This is a developing story.
~ With files from The Associated Press