Suspect Identified in Bomb Scare at Boston Marathon Finish Line

Police said a man had a rice cooker in his backpack.

Bomb squad on scene. Photo Credit: WHDH, 7-News
Bomb squad on scene. Photo Credit: WHDH, 7-News
By Liz Taurasi

An emotion-packed day marking the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings took a terrible twist Tuesday night when police said a veiled man caused a bomb scare.

The male suspect — seen walking down the middle of Boylston Street barefoot, wearing all black and yelling “Boston Strong” — was taken into custody Tuesday night. Police said he had a rice cooker in his backpack. He was charged with possession of a hoax device, disorderly conduct, and disturbing the peace.

Police did not release the man's identity during a 10:35 p.m. news conference. NECN.com reported the man is Kevin Edson, 25.

The discovery of the bags set off a quickly coordinated response from Boston Police as Boylston Street was shut down at about 7:30 p.m. and service on the MBTA’s green line was temporarily suspended.

The bomb squad, aided by a remote controlled robot, and later a water cannon, eventually executed a controlled detonation of the two backpacks — about 90 minutes after Boylston Street had been closed. Late Tuesday night, Boston Police confirmed that one of the backpacks contained a rice cooker; the contents of the other was not immediately known.

Boston Police gave the “all clear” at about 9:45 p.m., deeming the area safe, as law enforcement officials continued to work the scene.


11:20 p.m. Boston Police said they have arrested the suspect.

10:40 p.m. One of the backpacks contained a rice cooker but has been deemed a hoax, according to reports. The suspect could be facing the following charges: possession of hoax device, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

9:47 p.m. Numerous reports now that Boston Police have given the all clear and the area is safe, as the investigation continues.

9:40 p.m. The Green Line is still not running.

9:35 p.m. The second backpack, also at the finish line, has been detonated, according to reports.

9:30 p.m. Boston Police have given the all clear and said that there is no danger, according to CBS News' Jeff Glor.

9:20 p.m. Hearing now only one bag may have been blown up. Bomb Squad deciding what to do with second device. 

9:08 p.m. Members of the Bomb Squad continue to survey the area. 

9 p.m. Both bags have been detonated. There is no evidence yet if the bags contained explosives. 

8:53 p.m. Loud boom as the bag has been blown up by the bomb squad.

8:52 p.m. One minute warning given before detonation. 

8:49 p.m. Those in Copley Square area should expect loud noice when the water cannon detonates the suspected device. 

8:42 p.m. Universal Hub is reporting the MBTA confirms all trolleys are away from Copley Square.

8:40 p.m. It's very quiet at the scene right now. 

8:34 p.m. MBTA being asked to stop Green Line service altogether until after backpack is blown up.

8:33 p.m. Media is being moved back further into the Old South Church. They are being told to stay away from any doors or windows. 

8:27 p.m. Boston Police are preparing to use a water cannon to disrupt the backpacks.

8:25 p.m. Boston police to crowd: "if this thing goes and it's got shrapnel in it, it doesn't have anybody's name on it. Keep moving."

8:25 p.m. Instagram user aliciaanskisrd posted this video of the suspect just seconds before he was arrested.

8:20 p.m. Unconfirmed but hearing bomb squad may do a control detonation.

8:19 p.m. Those in the area of Exeter and Boylston being told to either go inside the Lenox or move back to Ring Road as bomb squad gets ready to detonate.  

8:17 p.m. Boston Police have confirmed they have a male suspect in connection with the unattended backpacks found at the finish line.

8:15 p.m. Bomb Squad robot keeps ramming the backpack, nothing happening. 

8:08 p.m. Fox 25 News is reporting the Bomb Squad robot is circling the bag for a second time and now has pulled back several feet. The bag is still intact.

8 p.m. Robot now taking a closer look. 

7:57 p.m. Boston Police are asking the media to shut down their broadcast during the detonation.

7:54 p.m. Bomb squad robot now approaching the bags. 

7:49 p.m. Bomb squad investigating backpacks.

7:47 p.m. Folks in lockdown at the Charlesmark Hotel overlooking the finish line have been told not to leave, not to open windows. 

7:43 p.m. The Bomb Squad is on scene in area of finish line.

7:41 p.m. Boylston St has been closed & MBTA Green Line service temporarily suspended. Community members asked to avoid area.

7:39 p.m. View an Instagram video of the man in question - he is wearing all black and screaming "Boston Strong."

7:33 p.m. - Shoes left behind from man in custody have been taken by police as evidence. 

Patch will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Full Name April 15, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Such BS. I can't believe the country we live in. Keep all the sheep scared.
mike April 15, 2014 at 08:16 PM
Amber Sullivan April 15, 2014 at 08:24 PM
He should be arrested!!! First off why would you do that after we had a bombing ... So disrespectful and just pain dumb on the man's behalf. What is wrong with people today
Joseph April 15, 2014 at 10:48 PM
And if the backpacks were lethal and the person wasn't detained everyone would be complaining why is he at large.
Sayona April 16, 2014 at 02:44 AM
Falls into the exception to free speech category- that you are not allowed to yell fire in an crowded theater. One does not get to "'replicate" a terrorist act which killed and wounded people-at the same exact place, using the same medium-and think its artistic expression. He is lucky Boston PD didn't take him out. That took restraint.


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