BOSTON — A man has been charged in connection with a bomb hoax just hours after Tuesday’s anniversary event of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Kevin Edson, 25, who also goes by the name Kayvon Edson, is charged with possession or use of a hoax device and making a false bomb threat, reports CBS Boston.
Police spotted the bags on Boylston Street, not far from where two pressure-cooker bombs exploded exactly one year ago Tuesday, killing three people and wounded at least 264 others.
Eventually, both bags spotted Tuesday were deemed safe — but the man carrying one of the bags was taken into custody.
The first clue that something was amiss Tuesday came when a police officer spotted a man with a backpack walking barefoot in the rain down Boylston Street. Police said he became very vocal and started yelling.
Some say they heard him screaming, “Boston Strong.”
When asked what was in the backpack, the man told the officer it was a rice cooker, Boston Police Superintendent Randy Halstead told CNN.
“We looked into the backpack, saw that it was what appeared to be a rice cooker, had the individual take the knapsack off, drop it on the street, and he was taken into custody,” Halstead said.
Edson pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court.
He was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and ordered to a $100,000 bond. Edson is due back in court May 7.
Source: CNN/CBS Boston