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Kevin Edson, man charged with marathon hoax, held on high bail

Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court

BOSTON (AP) -- The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday following his initial court appearance.

Kevin "Kayvon" Edson, 25, was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital and ordered held on $100,000 bail at an appearance in Boston Municipal Court 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. His next court date was scheduled for May 7.

Edson's arrest occurred 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.

Edson, with addresses in Boston and Wakefield, 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. His face was painted yellow and blue, the traditional colors of the marathon, police said. The street was open to pedestrians at the time, and police said his presence was not a security breach.

The backpack was destroyed. Police determined that the bag's contents were not explosive.

According to a police report read aloud in court, after Edson was read his rights, he told an officer: "I knew what I was doing, it was conceived in my head. It's symbolism, come on. The performance got the best of me."

Edson's mother, Joie Edson, said her son has bipolar disorder.

Parsons The New School for Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology, both in New York City, confirmed that Edson had taken classes at their schools but never graduated. The Massachusetts College of Art and Design posted a statement on its website saying that an undergraduate student had been arrested by police and the school was cooperating with authorities, but it did not mention Edson by name.

A second suspicious backpack also was found Tuesday. Officers determined it had been left behind by a media outlet and was not dangerous, but it too was destroyed.

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," police Superintendent Randall Halstead said. "The safety of the public is utmost."

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jvolckmann April 16 2014 at 3:51 PM

Many bipolar or other mentally ill people are very smart. Stability has nothing to do with smarts.

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Patrick April 16 2014 at 6:40 PM

nothing will ever change, there two many wackos walking among us and in Washington

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mick5065 Patrick April 16 2014 at 6:42 PM

too, not two

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lastandtwo April 16 2014 at 6:37 PM

I'm insane- whoops , I have bipolar disorder.. left side of brain does not know what right side is doing. Obviously, this human male is defective in some way.. My granddaughter was married to a person w/ bipolar disorder- he needed a keeper and had a subliminal death wish, tried suicide unsucessfully a couple of times... Hope new wife knows about his disease. Beginning to think these people should not be able to run about freely.... and do what they are capable of doing.

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rationaltactics April 16 2014 at 6:36 PM

This guy looks like the real life version of Beavis.

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Franco April 16 2014 at 6:31 PM

He looks like a college reject......after he graduated. :O)

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Steve April 16 2014 at 2:17 PM

May be a good thing he wasn't smart enough to devise a bomb, the psycho ward is a good place for him

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seethelight2016 Steve April 16 2014 at 2:22 PM

he might not have been smart enough because the FBI/CIA usually offers them rewards for doing just what he did.. unfortunately, most Americans are too dumb to realize these poor souls are accosted by these criminals..
The victims are usually approached with the promise they'll "help" the Govt.. they are guilty of being stupid, of believing what they're told.. very SAD..

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mick5065 April 16 2014 at 6:30 PM

What, he thinks were playin'? Doubt it!

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mwk3924 April 16 2014 at 2:17 PM

I see the Flock of Seagulls hair style is coming back. LMAO. What a Dbag.

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Jacquie April 16 2014 at 2:48 PM

More evidence of the huge mental illness problem being ignored in the U.S................So many fried brains out there as we move closer to making more drugs legal......

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bishop6204 April 16 2014 at 6:07 PM

to quote Red from the 70's show.........dumbass!!!!!

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