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Suspect Facing Charges After Boston Police Say He Dropped Backpack at Marathon Finish Line

April 16, 2014  | 

Kevin Edson, a 25-year-old Boston man, was detained Tuesday night and the area near the Boston Marathon finish line evacuated after two unattended backpacks were found.

Boston Police said two backpacks were left unattended by the finish line around 7 p.m. The Boylston Street area was shut down for about 3 hours, with pedestrians and motorists asked to avoid the area.

NECN witnessed a man being put in the back of a police cruiser on Tuesday night. Boston Police Superintendent Randall Halstead said the suspect faces charges of disorderly conduct, possession of a hoax device and disturbing the peace. According to the Suffolk County DA,

Halstead said the suspect was taken into custody after an officer saw him "walking down the middle of Boylston Street in the rain, barefoot." Eyewitnesses also told NECN the man was wearing all black with a veil covering his face and he was screaming.

One backpack was detonated by the bomb squad around 8:50 p.m., and the second was detonated shortly after 9:30 p.m. Boston Police later said that both unattended bags were "disrupted" for precautionary reasons.

NECN reports that one of the bags belonged to its news crew and contained cables.

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