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Man charged in Boston Marathon hoax sent to psychiatric facility

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Edson has been sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and held on $100,000 bail.


A 25-year-old man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday.

Kevin "Kayvon" Edson has been charged with possession of a hoax explosive device, threats to commit a crime, disturbing the peace, disturbing a public assembly, and disorderly conduct. Edson's mother, Joie, says her son has bipolar disorder.

Edson was arrested Tuesday, one year after the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon, after he was seen walking down the middle of a street, shrouded in black, and barefoot, in the rain. The backpack he was allegedly carrying was destroyed. Two backpacks carrying bombs made from pressure cookers killed three and injured hundreds in last year's attack.

A second suspicious backpack seen near the finish line was found to have been left by a media outlet and was not a danger.

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