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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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pjl5451 April 16 2014 at 2:10 PM

Bail set too low.

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Anne Boleyns Crown April 16 2014 at 6:09 PM

Was his statement that he needed his 15 minutes of fame or that he desperately needs mental help? Because I believe both of those would be a true and accurate statement. Glad no one was hurt and hope this guy gets sone serious mental assistance.

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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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Rob Gambelunghe April 16 2014 at 6:07 PM

Geeez......there are just soooooooooo many people in this country out of their ******* minds!

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gjwil62 Rob Gambelunghe April 16 2014 at 6:13 PM

And thanks to "Political correctness" nobody want's to point these people out to authorities, or require some kind of "Monitoring" in fear of "Offending" them!

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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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Richard April 16 2014 at 5:59 PM

His eyes look almost exactly as the eyed of that man that shot all those people in the movie theater of that Batman show. Freaky!!!!

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lmen579 April 16 2014 at 5:57 PM

What a piece of work... he does have many mental issues and it is sad that a lot of psych hospital/facility has been shutting down for years and years.
There is really no place for them to go... they just give them their medicines hoping that they will take it.. but with no enforcement or supervision they think they are better and stop taking them
Feel sorry for these people and their families ....

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cewalk460 April 16 2014 at 5:45 PM

#LHAU for good. Not crazy, but stupid##

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toyna April 16 2014 at 2:20 PM

Mental my butt! Call it what it is another GANSTER Criminal!

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toyna toyna April 16 2014 at 2:20 PM

GANGSTER!

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seethelight2016 toyna April 16 2014 at 2:45 PM

A 'Gangster" IS a criminal, genius..

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gb0493bh April 16 2014 at 5:45 PM

Another freakin whacko wanting lame stream media attention. A rope would cure his problem!!

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