A shelter-in-place order on Boylston Street has been lifted and a 25-year-old Boston man
is facing charges after police executed a controlled detonation of two suspicious bags left
near the Boston Marathon finish line.
Just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, on the one-year anniversary of last year’s Boston Marathon
bombings, police said two backpacks had been found in the area and immediately ordered
people to evacuate. Authorities said the backpacks were tied to a man who goes by Kayvon
Edson. Edson was captured in several videos marching down Boylston Street in a black veil,
wearing a backpack, and chanting “Boston strong.”
Edson was taken into custody and will be charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the
peace, and possession of a hoax device.
Man arraigned in Boston bomb hoax
The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker
was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday after an 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. He's due back in court May 7.
Edson was arrested Tuesday 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.
The backpack incident 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.
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 its 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.''
In a statement, his family said, "Our family is so sorry and emotionally overwhelmed by the events at the
finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday. To have this happen on the one-year anniversary of such a
horrific crime is unfathomable.''
Edson's mother, Joie Edson, said her son has battled bipolar disorder for many years and his mental state
has recently deteriorated.
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.
He showed 100% no remorse. That had to be key. I am anti death penalty, but I feel no empathy for one like him.
So, how many years to live does he have before he's executed?