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Police charge 25-year-old suspect over Boston Marathon hoax

The suspect told officers he had a rice cooker in his backpack. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) The suspect told officers he had a rice cooker in his backpack. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Suffolk County district attorney's office confirmed the identity of Boston Marathon hoax suspect as 25-year-old Kevin "Kayvon" Edson, and his mother claims her son has a bipolar disorder, according to a report Wednesday from The Associated Press. 

The young man had been seen acting suspiciously, according to the report citing police, as he walked barefoot down the street near the finish line in the pouring rain, veiled in all black yelling, "Boston strong." When the officer approached him, he was carrying a backpack which he said contained a rice cooker. A second suspicious backpack was found behind a media outlet near the race.

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Edson was subsequently arrested Tuesday following ceremonies in Boston remembering the three people who died and more than 260 others who were injured following last year's deadly pressure cooker/backpack bombings at the marathon's finish line. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Boston Municipal Court on charges of possession of a hoax device, as well as other possible charges, according to the report.

Footage of the suspect walking through the streets on Tuesday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNEZ01hOUu0

 

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