Boston, MA, United States (4E) – A Wakefield man who caused a bomb scare at the Boston Marathon finish line by carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker and creating a disturbance was arraigned on Wednesday.
Kevin Edson, 25, was charged at the Boston Municipal Court with disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, and disturbing a public assembly, and felony charges of possession or use of a hoax device and making a false bomb threat. Judge Michael Coyne set his bail at $100,000 and ordered him sent to the Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental examination.
Edson was arrested at Boylston Street Tuesday night after police saw him walking barefoot and shouting out loud. He explained to a police officer that he was doing a performance art and that his backpack contained a rice cooker.
The Boston police bomb squad performed a controlled detonation of the rice cooker in Edson’s backpack as a precaution. The squad also detonated a second backpack suspected of containing a bomb.
Tuesday’s disturbance at the Boston Marathon venue came a week before the start of the annual running contest and the first anniversary of the bombings of the event last year. The bombings that killed three people and wounded 260 others were triggered by pressure cookers inside backpacks left at the finish line by two brothers from Chechen. One of the brothers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was later killed in a shootout with police while the other, Dzhokhar, is being tried for the bombings.
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley criticized Edson’s actions calling it irresponsible, senseless and inexcusable.