Man arrested for placing backpacks at Boston Marathon finish line

Kevin Edson has been identified as the man who placed the backpacks, though his motive behind doing so is still unclear.
By Ananth Baliga   |   April 16, 2014 at 8:15 AM

BOSTON, April 16 (UPI) -- A man dressed in black chanting "Boston strong! Boston strong!" was arrested Tuesday for dropping two backpacks near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The 25-year-old man, identified as Kevin Edson, was walking down Boylston street with two backpacks, which he placed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where two explosions occurred last year. Police later detonated the two backpacks, which they say contained a rice cooker in one of them filled with confetti. The second bag may have contained photo equipment.

Boston police Superintendent Randall Halstead said that an officer spotted the man, who was acting strangely, but did not give further details about his behavior. He said that both bags were rendered safe before being detonated.

Police said Edson will be arraigned Wednesday on charges of threatening battery, possession of a hoax device, threat to commit a crime, disturbing the peace, disturbing a public assembly, and disorderly conduct.

[Boston Globe] [Washington Post]

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Pepsi to release 'Back to the Future Part II' inspired Pepsi Perfect
Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to parasitic disease scientists
Womb transplants begin in U.K. after Sweden's success
Gay Vatican priest comes out day before Pope Francis begins synod on family issues
Scientists find roadmap that may lead to 'exercise pill'