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Kelly Whiteside, @Kelly Whiteside, USA TODAY Sports

After a bomb scare near the Boston Marathon finish line unnerved this city Tuesday night, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said security measures would be intensified heading into Monday's race.

"We are going to increase visibility over the next couple days because of that incident," Evans said Wednesday about the incident that turned out to be a hoax. "We'll have bike patrols down there. Nobody should be afraid to come to Copley Square, and nobody should be afraid to run the 118th Boston Marathon."

Kevin "Kayvon" Edson, 25, left a backpack on the street Tuesday and told an officer it contained a rice cooker. Edson was charged Wednesday with three misdemeanors for disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and disturbing a public assembly and two felony counts of use of a hoax device and making a false bomb threat. He faces up to 20 years in state prison. He was held on $100,000 cash bail and directed to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Edson's mother, Joie Edson, said her son has bipolar disorder, according to The Associated Press.

Evans said that incident was not a breach of security because Boylston Street was open, as it will remain all week. A second unattended backpack was found Tuesday, belonging to a media member.

Spectators -- about 1million are expected for the race -- have been asked not to bring backpacks and to place items in clear plastic bags.


April 17, 2014




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