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Man Charged with Marathon Hoax Held on High Bail

The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings has been sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation.

A member of the bomb squad walks toward the Boston Marathon finish line before triggering a controlled detonation
A member of the bomb squad walks toward the Boston Marathon finish line before triggering a controlled detonation (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Kevin “Kayvon” Edson had a court appearance Wednesday on charges of 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 sent to Bridgewater State Hospital and held on $100,000 bail. His lawyer did not comment outside of court.

The 25-year-old was stopped late Tuesday after passers-by told an officer they saw him yelling, walking barefoot down the middle of a street, veiled in black, in pouring rain. The backpack was destroyed.

His mother says he has bipolar disorder.


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