Subway suspends ties with spokesman Fogle after raid at home

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FBI Raids Home of Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- 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, two months after the then-executive director of Fogle's foundation was arrested on child pornography charges.

FBI agent Wendy Osborne said the agency was conducting an investigation in Zionsville, an affluent Indianapolis suburb, but wouldn't say whether it involved Fogle or describe the nature of the investigation.

Subway said in a statement that it is "very concerned" about the raid, which it believes "is related to a prior investigation" of a former employee of the Jared Foundation, an organization founded by Fogle to raise awareness about childhood obesity. Subway did not immediately say whether that employee was former foundation executive director Russell Taylor.

The company had removed references to Fogle from its website by late afternoon and issued another statement, saying the two "have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation."

"Jared continues to cooperate with authorities and he expects no actions to be forthcoming," the company said. "Both Jared and Subway agree that this was the appropriate step to take."

Federal prosecutors in May filed a criminal complaint charging Taylor, 43, with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Fogle issued a statement after the charges were filed saying he was shocked by the allegations and was severing all ties with Taylor.

The Indianapolis Star photographed Fogle stepping out of a police evidence van parked outside his home Tuesday morning, and he left the house just after noon with attorney Ron Elberger. Fogle declined to comment, but Elberger later released a statement saying his client is cooperating with authorities.

"Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges, and looks forward to its conclusion," Elberger said.

Fogle, 37, became the Subway restaurant chain's pitchman after shedding 245 pounds more than 15 years ago, in part by regularly eating Subway sandwiches. Subway began featuring Fogle in commercials soon after, and his story was instrumental in giving the sandwich chain an image as a healthy place to eat.

During a search of Taylor's home this spring, federal investigators say they discovered a cache of sexually explicit photos and videos Taylor allegedly produced by secretly filming minor children at the home. They said they also allegedly found more than 400 videos of child pornography on computers and storage media recovered from Taylor's home office in his Indianapolis residence.

Taylor's attorney, Brad Banks, said Tuesday his client was briefly hospitalized after the allegations surfaced but is now in federal custody. Sheriff's officials have said Taylor tried to take his own life in jail.

"The only thing I can say is that I'm aware that there's an ongoing investigation," Banks said.

Tim Horty, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Indianapolis, said prosecutors "are moving forward" with the case against Taylor. He declined to comment on Tuesday's raid at Fogle's home.

Neighbors said Fogle and his wife entertained frequently and would say hello but that they didn't see the couple outside a lot.

Jacob Schrader, 19, who lives across from Fogle's house, said the pitchman seems "like a pretty private guy" and that he'd only seen him about a dozen times in the last five or six years.

"He's like an endangered species or something like that," Schrader said.

Subway, which is based in Milford, Connecticut, and is privately held, has struggled in recent years. Last year, industry tracker Technomic said average sales for Subway stores in the U.S. declined 3 percent from the previous year. The company has about 44,000 locations around the world.


Callahan reported from Indianapolis. Associated Press Food Industry writer Candice Choi in New York contributed to this story.

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Subway suspends ties with spokesman Fogle after raid at home
Subway pitchman Jared Fogle shows off his old pants to students at Mary E. Bryant Elementary School in Tampa, Fla., Friday, Oct. 31, 2003. Fogle is better known as "Jared the Subway Guy," famous because he lost 245 pounds a few years ago by eating Subway subs and not much else. Fogle spoke to the students nutrition. (AP Photo/David Kadlubowski)
In this photograph taken by AP Images for SUBWAY - Celebrity chef Robert Irvine, left, challenges "The Subway Guy" Jared Fogle to build the most flavorful breakfast sandwich during the SUBWAY "Better Breakfast Battle," Thursday, May 26, 2011, in New York. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for SUBWAY)
In this photo taken by AP Images for SUBWAY, Houston football star Arian Foster, right, and Jared Fogle, "the SUBWAY guy," are seen eating SUBWAY sandwiches at the SUBWAY All-Star BBQ on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. The event marked the launch of the sandwich chain's BBQ Pulled Pork sub and helped raise funds for victims of recent disasters in western Alabama, one of the original homes of BBQ. (Casey Rodgers/AP Images for SUBWAY)
In this photo taken by AP Images for SUBWAY Restaurants, former Alabama football star Tyrone Protho, right, and Jared Fogle, left, "the SUBWAY guy" present a $10,000 donation to Henry Lipsey of the West Alabama Food Bank at the SUBWAY restaurant in Tuscaloosa, AL, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. The chain recently introduced a new BBQ Pulled Pork sub, and the funds will help feed victims of tornadoes in the region, one of the original homes of BBQ. (Gary Tramontina/ AP Images for SUBWAY Restaurants)
Jared "the SUBWAY guy" coach the National Little League Appreciation Game for the Challenger Division as they launch the national "Buddy Badge" program on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Invision for Subway/AP Images)
Jared "The SUBWAY Guy" Fogle makes sandwiches at a SUBWAY cafe at the Navy Exchange, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Bethesda, Md. (Photo by Nick Wass/Invision for SUBWAY/AP Images)
Denise Austin, left, and Jared "The SUBWAY Guy" Fogle, right, flex for the camera at the Navy Exchange, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Bethesda, Md. (Photo by Nick Wass/Invision for SUBWAY/AP Images)
Puerto Rico and Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios teams up with Jared the SUBWAY Guy to surprise customers with free SUBWAY sandwiches prior to the World Baseball Classic final, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in San Francisco. (Photo by George Nikitin/Invision for Subway/AP Images)
In this May 28, 2014 photo, Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle arrives at the world premiere of "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided Fogle's Zionsville, Ind. home on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Mel B, right, "America's Got Talent" judge and former Spice Girl, poses with Jared Fogle "The SUBWAY Guy"backstage at the "Project SUBWAY" fashion show during New York Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, as part of SUBWAY Restaurants' SUBtember celebration. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Subway Restaurants/AP Images)
A sandwich artist poses for a photo with Jared 'The Subway Guy' Fogle during SUBWAY March Madness, on Saturday, April 4, 2014 in Dallas. (Photo by Matt Strasen/Invision for SUBWAY/AP Images)
Former New England Patriots Running Back Kevin Faulk and Jared "€œThe SUBWAY Guy" take a selfie with a football fan at a SUBWAY pre-game tailgate featuring sandwiches the new premium cut, all white meat Grilled Chicken Strips, outside Gillette Stadium prior to the Conference Championship in Foxborough, MA on Sunday, January 18, 2015, prior to the Conference Championship game. (Photo by Marc Andrew Deley/Invision for SUBWAY Restaurants/AP Images)
Jared "€œThe SUBWAY Guy" Fogle, right, and a fan pose with #WhereSuperHeroesEat 3D street art in celebration of SUBWAY Restaurants€™ partnership with the upcoming Marvel movie "Avengers: Age of Ultron"€ on Monday, April 13, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for SUBWAY Restaurants/AP Images)
Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps NFL player Michael Crabtree, spokesman for Subway Jared Fogle and NBA player Blake Griffin arrive at the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for ESPY)
Jared 'The SUBWAY Guy' Fogle attends Go Red For Women The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

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