Wakefield man arrested for 'backpack hoax' at Marathon finish li - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Wakefield man arrested for 'backpack hoax' at Marathon finish line

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Police identified the man accused of a frightening hoax near the Marathon finish line.

Two backpacks were left at the Boston Marathon finish line. Police detonated the two bags as a precaution, one just before 9 p.m. and the second 40 minutes later.

The scene was evacuated two hours earlier when a bare-foot man dressed in black and carrying a large backpack ran towards the finish line yelling “Boston Strong.” He wore a veil and face paint.

Moments later the bomb squad was called in.

An art student, 25-year-old Kayvon Edson from Wakefield was arrested and charged with possessing a hoax device, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.

Police said they saw Edson acting so out of place that they knew something wasn't right.

“At that time, he stated that there was a rice cooker in the backpack,” Boston Police Sgt. Randall Halstead said

Boston police said at that point they gave the Edson the order to drop the bag. That's when they cleared the street and made people stay inside.

The second bag was found after Edson was arrested, however the bag did not belong to the suspect. The bag was accidentally left behind by another media outlet after the order was given to evacuate. At the time of the incident, the bag was detonated as a precaution.

“With the marathon coming we are taking this serious. Our officers have been trained in looking for any kind of suspicious activity and when it is brought to their attention or they notice it, they act upon it,” Sgt. Halstead said.

Police called the incident a bad hoax. 7's Victoria Warren reported his prank made people angry and upset.

Edson will appear before a judge Wednesday.


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