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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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fred April 16 2014 at 3:43 PM

A dedicated pud-pounder.

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mike April 16 2014 at 2:12 PM

Now theres another case. Its good he didnt have a weapon or get his hands on one. Thats what gives gun owners a bad rap. only he didnt have one he could have. We need mental health facilities
all over this country. The only problem is detecting the ones that are behind closed doors.

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mycents2 April 16 2014 at 2:13 PM

They should make him work to pay back every penny spent on his stupid stunt. That should go for all vandals and hoax perpetrators.

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sedunning mycents2 April 16 2014 at 2:14 PM

he will never work a day in his life......his mental problem will be a good excuse for that.

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fenwaypark9 sedunning April 16 2014 at 2:15 PM

I would bet he probably hasn't worked a day or kept a job for a time.

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bwhitedjr April 16 2014 at 2:14 PM

I bet he doesn't think his prank was so smart now! (Just saying)

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RANDYTHOMAS711 April 16 2014 at 2:14 PM

I suddenly have a subliminal need to grab a Q-TIP.....

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mick5065 April 16 2014 at 6:30 PM

What, he thinks were playin'? Doubt it!

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Jim & Angie April 16 2014 at 6:22 PM

"Kayvon" aka MORON!

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calderasf April 16 2014 at 3:55 PM

OK are they saying his family was there when he did this stupid act?

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d2449e April 16 2014 at 6:13 PM

How about having him run the marathon, complete the course and then clean up after all is done.

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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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