One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two and Recover One Illegal Firearm and Drugs in Roxbury

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At about 6:06 PM on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, members of the Citywide Neighborhood Drug Control Unit affected an on-site arrest of a person with an illegal firearm in the area of Walnut Avenue and Bower Street in District B-2 (Roxbury).

While conducting an on-going drug investigation in the area of Charlame Park Homes, officers observed persons known to them as members of a local street gang congregating in a group. The officers observed that one individual in particular glanced about furtively, appeared to be monitoring vehicular traffic in the area, clutched and adjusted his waistband periodically with his right hand, and sprinted quickly from the area upon seeing an unmarked police vehicle drive into the area. From their training and experience, the officers believed these movements were consistent with those of an individual who may be armed with a firearm.

At that time, officers radioed for a marked unit to assist them in stopping the individual to make an inquiry. As the officers in the marked police vehicle approached the suspect, he fled on foot from the officers. A pursuit ensued during which the officers observed the suspect discard a firearm from his waistband while holding onto a black object in his left hand. After a brief but violent struggle, the officers were able to apprehend the suspect. As the suspect was placed into custody, officers observed the black object fall out of the suspect's left hand. The black object was identified as a black magazine loaded with 10 rounds of 9mm ammunition. The officers returned to the location where the suspect had discarded the firearm, and officers discovered a 9mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic firearm without a magazine.

Because it is illegal for persons under 21-years-old to possess a firearm in Massachusetts, 18-year-old Melvin Harrison of Plymouth was placed under arrest and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. The officers also determined that the firearm was stolen, and therefore added an additional charge of Buying/Receiving Stolen Property.

Pursuant to the original drug investigation, officers also arrested 26-year-old Erick Rivera of Roxbury with a medium-sized bag of what appeared to be marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and over $2,400.00 in U.S. currency on his person. Rivera was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Substance within 1000 Ft. of a School Zone.

 

Boston 24: Data from Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 9
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 7
Commercial Break-ins: 2

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

Boston 24: Data from Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 1

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

Boston 24: Data from Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 4
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 1
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 7

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 1

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

Start Times for the 118th Boston Marathon

Let's Have a Great Race!!!

Let’s Run!!! Boston Marathon Start Times: Good luck to all of the 36,000 runners starting the day in Hopkinton with hopes of finishing their day in Boston. We wish you all a great race and we’ll be rooting for you every step of the way. As for when the race gets started, a complete list of start times is listed below: 

• Mobility Impaired @ 8:50am
• Push-rim Wheelchair @ 9:17am
• Handcycles @ 9:22am
• Elite Women @ 9:32am
• Elite Men @ 10:00am
• Wave Two @ 10:25am
• Wave Three @ 11:00am
• Wave Four @ 11:25am

Street Closures & Parking Restrictions for Marathon Monday

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As you can well imagine, vehicle traffic will be prohibited and parking severely restricted on streets in and around the Boston Marathon route in advance of tomorrow’s big race. The Boston Police Department and the Boston Transportation Department strongly encourage the use of public transportation. If you’re coming to the race, the MBTA is the recommended way to travel on Monday, April 21, 2014. To learn more about riding the MBTA – please visit: www.MBTA.com/events

STREET CLOSURES:

The following street closures and closing times for Monday, April 21, 2014 are as follows: 

  • 5:00 AM: Streets in the vicinity of the Boston Common will close
  • 6:00 AM:  Boylston Street from Hereford Street to Arlington Street will close
  • 8:00 AM:  All streets east of Massachusetts Avenue (as well as Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 22) will close
  • 8:00 AM: All streets west of Massachusetts Avenue in the Kenmore Square Audubon Circle area will close
  • 8:30 AM: All streets in the Brighton area leading into the route will close 

5:00 AM – Boston Common Area

  • Tremont Street, Court Street to Boylston Street
  • Avery Street, Washington Street to Tremont Street
  • West Street, Washington Street to Tremont Street
  • Temple Place, Washington Street to Tremont Street
  • Winter Street, Washington Street to Tremont Street
  • Park Street, Beacon Street to Tremont Street
  • Bromfield Street, Washington Street to Tremont Street
  • Beacon Street, Somerset Street to Tremont Street
  • Cambridge Street (inbound), New Sudbury Street to Tremont Street

6:00 AM – Back Bay Area

  • Boylston Street, Hereford Street to Arlington Street

8:00 AM – Back Bay Area

  • Berkeley Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Clarendon Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Dartmouth Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Exeter Street, Newbury Street to Huntington Avenue
  • Ring Road, Huntington Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Fairfield Street, Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Gloucester Street, Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Providence Street, Arlington Street to Berkeley Street
  • Trinity Place, St. James Avenue to Massachusetts Turnpike on-ramp
  • Boylston Street, Massachusetts Avenue to Arlington Street
  • Newbury Street, Arlington Street to Charlesgate East
  • St. James Avenue, Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Huntington Avenue (outbound), Dartmouth Street to Belvidere Street
  • Stuart Street, Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Blagden Street, Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street
  • Berkeley Street, Columbus Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Clarendon Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue
  • Dartmouth Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue
  • Exeter Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Huntington Avenue
  • Fairfield Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Gloucester Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Hereford Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Dalton Street, Belvidere Street to Boylston Street
  • Belvidere Street, Huntington Avenue to Dalton Street

8:00 AM – Kenmore Square Area

  • Beacon Street, Park Drive to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Brookline Avenue, Lansdowne Street to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Newbury Street Extension, Brookline Avenue to Charlesgate west
  • Commonwealth Avenue (inbound), from BU Bridge to Gloucester Street
  • Commonwealth Avenue (outbound), Hereford Street to Deerfield Street
  • Kenmore Street, Newbury Street Extension to Commonwealth Avenue (outbound)
  • Raleigh Street, Beacon Street Extension to Commonwealth Avenue (outbound)

8:30 AM – Brighton Area

  • Commonwealth Avenue, Beacon Street to Gloucester Street, and from the Newton city line (Lake Street) to Chestnut Hill Avenue
  • Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill Avenue to the Brookline town line (Cleveland Circle)
  • Chestnut Hill Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue to Brookline town line (Ayr Road) 

PARKING RESTRICTIONS:

Parking will be restricted on several streets in the Back Bay on Monday, April 21, 2014 to accommodate the Boston Marathon. Parking will also be restricted on some streets several days in advance of the weekend to allow preparations to take place. It is important that Back Bay drivers pay close attention to all posted signs in the vicinity. 

Parking signs with accompanying restrictions will read as follows:

 “No Stopping - April 8 to April 24”

  • Boylston Street, both sides, Exeter Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Exeter Street, east side, Boylston Street to Blagden Street
  • Boylston Street, from Dartmouth Street heading easterly by the Copley Square Mall
  • Blagden Street, south side, Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street

“No Stopping - April 8 to April 22”

  • Blagden Street, north side, Dartmouth Street to the BPL driveway

“No Stopping - April 8 to April 21”

  • Exeter Street, west side, Alley 441 to Boylston Street

 “No Stopping - Tuesday, April 15, 8 AM to 4 PM”

  • Boylston Street, both sides, Hereford Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Huntington Avenue, odd side, Blagden Street to Exeter Street
  • Dartmouth Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Exeter Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Fairfield Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Gloucester Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street

 “No Stopping - Tuesday, April 15, 6 AM to 4 PM

  • Blagden Street, both sides, Dartmouth Street to Exeter Street
  • Cambria Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to end

“No Stopping - Saturday, 12:01AM to 12 Noon”

  • Arlington Street, both sides, Beacon Street to Newbury Street
  • Berkeley Street, both sides, Newbury Street to Commonwealth Avenue Outbound
  • Commonwealth Avenue Outbound, both sides, Berkeley Street to Charlesgate West
  • Charlesgate West, both sides, Commonwealth Avenue Outbound to Commonweath Avenue Inbound

“No Stopping - Saturday, 12:01 AM through 2 PM”

  • Beacon Street, both sides, Charles Street to Arlington Street
  • Newbury Street, both sides, Clarendon Street to Gloucester Street, and, both sides, Arlington Street to Berkeley Street

“No Stopping - Friday, Saturday and Monday”

  • Boylston Street, both sides, Dalton Street to Arlington Street
  • Exeter Street, both sides, Newbury Street to Huntington Avenue (see exceptions at April 8 to April 24, and April 8 to April 24)
  • Dartmouth Street, both sides, Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Trinity Place, both sides, St. James Avenue to Stuart Street

“No Stopping - Saturday to Monday”

  • Cambridge Street, both sides, Court Street to Sudbury Street
  • Charles Street, both sides, Boylston Street to Beacon Street
  • Beacon Street, Boston Common side, Charles Street to Joy Street

“No Stopping - Saturday and Monday”

  • Arlington Street, both sides, Commonwealth Avenue to Stuart Street
  • Berkeley Street, both sides, Newbury Street to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Stuart Street, both sides, Huntington Avenue to Arlington Street
  • Beacon Street, inbound side, Brookline Line to Kenmore Square
  • Boylston Street, both sides, Arlington Street to Charles Street
  • Clarendon Street, both sides, Newbury Street to Stuart Street
  • Commonwealth Avenue, inbound side, Beacon Street (Kenmore Square) to 22’ easterly of Hereford Street
  • Gloucester Street, both sides, Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Hereford Street, both sides, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Saint James Avenue, both sides, Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street

“No Stopping Monday, Buses Only, 10 AM to 5 PM”

  • Charles Street, Public Garden side, Boylston Street to Beacon Street
  • Beacon Street, Public Garden side, Charles Street to Arlington Street

“No Stopping Monday”

  • Clarendon Street, both sides, Commonwealth Avenue to Newbury Street, and Stuart Street to Columbus Avenue
  • Dartmouth Street, both sides, Newbury Street to Commonwealth Avenue, and Saint James Avenue to Columbus Avenue
  • Exeter Street, both sides, Commonwealth Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Fairfield Street, both sides, Boylston Street to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Gloucester Street, both sides, Commonwealth Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Newbury Street, both sides, Arlington Street to Brookline Avenue
  • Beacon Street, both sides, Chestnut Hill Avenue to the Brookline Line
  • Beacon Street, inbound side, Brookline Line to Kenmore Square
  • Belvidere Street, both sides, Huntington Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue
  • Blagden Street, both sides, Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street
  • Cambridge Street, west side, Court Street to Beacon Street/Tremont Street
  • Chestnut Hill Avenue, both sides, Commonwealth Avenue to Beacon Street
  • Commonwealth Avenue, inbound, Lake Street to Chestnut Hill Avenue
  • Dalton Street, both sides, Belvidere Street to Boylston Street
  • Huntington Avenue, odd side, Blagden Street to Massachusetts Avenue
  • New Chardon Street, north side, Merrimac Street to Cambridge Street
  • Providence Street, both side, Arlington Street to Berkeley Street
  • Stanhope Street, both sides, Berkeley Street to Clarendon Street
  • Scotia Street, both sides, Dalton Street to St. Cecilia Street
  • St. Cecilia Street, both sides, Belvidere Street to Boylston Street
  • Tremont Street, both sides, Cambridge Street to Stuart Street
  • Columbus Avenue, both sides, Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Arlington Street, west side, Columbus Avenue to Isabella Street 

*** Please note that the Boston Police Department retains the right to change traffic and parking restrictions as necessary.

 

Photo of the Day: Celeb Kevin Spacey Joins the 118th Boston Marathon Celebration

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Boston Police Commissioner William Evans greets Kevin Spacey who came out this morning to participate in the Boston Marathon Tribute Run on Boylston Street and Copley Square area. Earlier this year, Spacey was so touched by what happened after the 2013 Marathon and how the city responded, that he made a four-day trip to Boston during which he visited Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and our District D-4 Police Station. While in Boston, he had the fortunate opportunity to not only visit recovering marathon bombing victims, but to also to adopt a puppy, whom he named “Boston.” Welcome back to our great city, Mr. Spacey!

BAA 5K Road Race Scheduled for Saturday - April 19, 2014

An elite field of Olympic & IAAF World Championship medalists & returning champions will be on full display in this year's 2014 BAA 5K which will be run tomorrow - Saturday, April 19 - at 8:00am. This year's BAA 5K - which will have a field size of 10,000 entrants - will start and finish at Boston Common. To see a map of the race, please see the enclosed image. 

The 3.1-mile course starts & finishes at the Boston Common. The race will take participants down Boylston Street and across the Boston Marathon finish line. As the race begins on Charles Street, it proceeds left on Beacon Street. Runners then take a left on Arlington Street and a right onto Newbury Street. At Berkeley Street, runners take a right and then a left onto Commonwealth Avenue. At Charlesgate, runners will turn around and follow the Boston Marathon course, taking a right on Hereford Street and then a left on Boylston Street and passing over the Boston Marathon finish line before continuing down Boylston Street and taking a left onto Charles Street for the finish.

 

Boston 24: Data from Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 4
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 1
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 7
Commercial Break-ins: 1

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

In the News: BPD Superintendent Robert Merner Speaks at the International Conference on Transnational Organized Crime & Terrorism in Las Vegas, NV

Superintendent Robert Merner (right). Photo Courtesy of Bpdnews.com

Thank you to John L. Smith from the Las Vegas Review-Journal for his coverage of Boston Police Superintendent Robert Merner’s presentation at the International Conference on Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, April 13, 2014. During his presentation, Superintendent Merner credited the information-sharing efforts between multiple agencies on the local, state, and federal level for Boston’s success in assisting victims in last year’s tragic Marathon Bombing incident, then finding and capturing the suspects responsible four days later. “It was an amazing feat, and it wasn’t just law enforcement,” Merner said. “The volunteers at the marathon, the police officers, EMS, firefighters, the merchants, the cooperation from the businesses was amazing.”

http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/john-l-smith/officer-cooperation-crucial-saving-lives-boston-bombing

 

Boston 24: Data from Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 2

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

Paying to Tribute to Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds

Photo courtesy of BPDNews

Tonight in Randolph, hundreds of heavy hearted Boston Police Officers solemnly turned out to pay their respects to a young officer who was admired and respected by all who knew him. Said Superintendent-in-Chief Willie Gross: “The officers who turned out for Dennis tonight did so because of who he was and how he conducted himself. Simply put, Dennis was a great cop and even greater guy. He was a model officer who loved everything about being a cop. He cared about his community. He cared about making a difference and he cared about his fellow brother officers. And tonight, they turned out to honor him.” The Funeral Mass for Officer Simmonds will be held tomorrow, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:00am at the First Baptist Church at 519 North Main Street (Rte. 28) in Randolph.

BPD Photo of the Day

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BOSTON GLOBE - WENDY MAEDA

While there were so many special moments to choose from and focus on during yesterday's tribute to the Boston Marathon, the enclosed picture (courtesy of the Globe's Wendy Maeda) of Jane Richard, her brother Henry and Mayor Walsh really stood out and - in our opinion - captured the essence of a very special day. We are all Boston Strong.

 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of Dabney Street and Regent Street

 

At about 1:00 AM, Monday, April 14, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Dabney Street and Regent Streets in Roxbury.

On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The male victim was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.  He has since been identified as James Mason, 45, of Roxbury.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or by testing the worked 'TIP' to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of 282 Border Street in East Boston

 

At about 6:59 AM on Saturday, April 12, 2014, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for a man down in the area of 282 Border Street in East Boston. Upon arrival, officers observed a male suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The victim has been identified as Oscar Santos-Chaves, 36 years old.  His last known address is unknown at this time.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation anonymously. 

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of W. 5th Street & Dorchester Street in South Boston

 

At about 7:56pm, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of W. 5th and Dorchester Streets. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.  The victim has subsequently been identified as Joel Leon, 19, of Milton.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

In the News: Marathon Anniversary Tribute Emotional and Moving

Photo taken by Charles Krupa (AP). Courtesy of BostonGlobe.com.

Photo taken by Charles Krupa (AP). Courtesy of BostonGlobe.com.

The Boston Police Department would like to thank the Boston Globe for their moving coverage of yesterday’s Marathon Anniversary Tribute ceremonies, for its placement of the events in today’s newspaper, and for its responsible and accurate coverage of last night's unfortunate incident at the Marathon Finish Line. In this photo taken yesterday by Charles Krupa of the Associated Press, former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and BAA Executive Director Thomas Grilk pay respect with other onlookers and officers saluting in the background as MBTA Officer Richard Donahue raise the American flag in honor of the victims of last year’s tragic Marathon Bombings.

The Boston Police Department wants to once again take an opportunity to remind all those attending the Marathon and the events leading up to Monday’s festivities that, while backpacks, bulky items, and strollers are not prohibited, they will be subject to search. The public and media personnel in the area of the Marathon route are encouraged to keep all of their possessions under their direct control at all times during this upcoming week.

 

Boston 24: Data from Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 8
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 6

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

UPDATE: One Arrested for Hoax Device at Marathon Finish Line

 

At about 6:50 PM on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, officers from District D-4 (South End) on-sited a disturbance in the area of Dartmouth and Boylston Streets near the Boston Marathon finish line.

Officers standing post for added security during the Norden brother's 26.2-mile walk commemorating the one-year anniversary of last year’s tragic Marathon Bombings were made aware of a barefoot male approaching the finish line on foot, yelling and screaming and causing many people in attendance at the event to notice his actions. At that time, the area was open to pedestrians and the general public; however, vehicular traffic on Boylston Street from Exeter Street to Dartmouth Street was being diverted to an alternative route to accommodate the event.

Officers made their way to the direction of the disturbance and observed a white male wearing all black, no shoes, and a veil and hat covering his face. The officers also observed that the male was yelling and screaming and carrying a backpack. Officers were able to stop the male safely and make a brief inquiry of him. During this interaction, officers removed the veil and hat and observed blue and yellow face paint on the male’s face. Officers also learned that the male’s backpack contained a rice cooker.

Officers immediately separated the suspect from his backpack, removed the male from the area, and made the area safe by evacuating onlookers at the event. The Boston Police Bomb Squad responded, performed a controlled detonation of the backpack, and rendered the area safe. The specialists determined that the contents of the suspect’s bag had not been explosive in nature. A second backpack found unattended in the same vicinity was also detonated by the bomb squad and deemed to be non-explosive. This bag was later determined to be the property of a local media outlet.

Twenty-five-year-old Kevin M. Edson of Boston was arrested and charged with Threatening Battery, Possession of a Hoax Explosive Device, Threats to Commit a Crime, Disturbing a the Peace, Disturbing a Public Assembly, and Disorderly Conduct.

The Boston Police Department wants to remind all those attending the Marathon and the events leading up to Monday’s festivities that, while backpacks and strollers are not prohibited, they will be subject to search. Behavior causing a disturbance to others in attendance will be promptly investigated.