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.