Hearing for man charged in Boston Marathon backpack hoax

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BOSTON (AP) - A man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a rice cooker in a backpack on the anniversary of the 2013 bombings is scheduled for a probable cause hearing.

Kevin Edson was charged in April with threatening battery, possession of a hoax explosive device, threats to commit a crime, disturbing the peace, disturbing a public assembly and disorderly conduct. He was held on $100,000 bail and sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation.

The 25-year-old's mother says Edson has been battling a bipolar disorder.

Edson was stopped April 15 after people told an officer they saw him yelling, walking barefoot down the middle of a street, veiled in black, in the pouring rain.

Police said the backpack was destroyed but no explosives were found.


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