Marathon finish line hoax suspect arraigned

BOSTON (WWLP-AP) — The man who Boston police say was taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker was arraigned in a city courtroom Wednesday.

Kevin “Kayvon” Edson, 25, of Wakefield, was arraigned around noontime at Boston Municipal Court. He faces a charge of possession of a hoax device, but authorities say more charges may be added.

Edson was stopped by an officer Tuesday, the anniversary of the bombings, after he was spotted walking down the middle of a street, barefoot and shrouded in black, in pouring rain.

The backpack was destroyed. A second suspicious backpack was determined to have been left behind by a media outlet and was not a danger.

According to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, “The anxiety level goes up when an unattended backpack is left on the streets, so I think it really set the tone last night, how important it is to ask you not to bring those items.”

Boston Police said this shows that they are not willing to take any chances. Thousands of officers and about 100 video cameras will monitor the crowd along the route from Hopkinton to the finish line.

Backpacks are not banned, but you’re encouraged to leave these items and any other large items at home.

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