ATTORNEY GENERAL COAKLEY ANNOUNCES ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH HOAX DEVICES FOUND IN AND AROUND BOSTON TODAY

Tonight, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced the arrest of an Arlington man in connection with today’s discovery of numerous hoax devices in and around the city of Boston. Peter Berdovsky, age 27, is charged with placing a hoax device (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 266, Section 102A½), and disorderly conduct.According to authorities, at approximately 7:50 a.m. today, MBTA employees at the Sullivan Square station in Charlestown observed a suspicious device on a stanchion. They immediately contacted MBTA Transit Police, who responded to the scene. Additional law enforcement agencies, including the Boston Police Department, and the Massachusetts State Police, all responded and together commenced an investigation into the suspicious device. Throughout the day, additional devices were found at various locations in the city of Boston, as well as in Cambridge and Somerville. Federal authorities and other local law enforcement also assisted in the investigation throughout the day. Investigators believe that Berdovsky placed the suspicious devices, a number of which have been located and removed. At this time, the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the placement of the devices, including the involvement of the Turner Broadcasting Company and other groups or individuals, remains active and ongoing. Berdovsky was placed under arrest without incident at 8:15 p.m. tonight in Arlington. He will be arraigned tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in Charlestown District Court.