Man charged with marathon hoax due in court
BOSTON (AP) -- A man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings has a mental disorder, his mother told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Kevin "Kayvon" Edson, 25, has bipolar disorder, his mother, Joie Edson said. The Suffolk district attorney’s office confirmed his name.
Kevin Edson is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Boston Municipal Court on a charge of possession of a hoax device, but authorities say more charges may be added.
Edson was stopped late Tuesday by an officer who saw him acting suspiciously, including walking barefoot down the middle of a street, veiled in black, in pouring rain, police Superintendent Randall Halstead said. The man dropped the backpack and told the officer it contained a rice cooker, he said.
The backpack was destroyed.
A second suspicious backpack was determined to have been left behind by a media outlet and was not a danger, but it too was destroyed.
The arrest happened hours after ceremonies to mark last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, in which two pressure cooker bombs hidden in backpacks exploded, killing three people near the finish line and injuring more than 260 others.
The backpacks rattled nerves days ahead of this year’s marathon. Police kept people away from the finish line area for about three hours Tuesday and trains bypassed the nearby Copley Square station.
"With the marathon coming, our officers are taking it seriously," Halstead said. "The safety of the public is utmost."
Joie Edson declined further comment on her son but said she planned to issue a statement later Wednesday.
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