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Man Charged With Marathon Hoax Sent for Psychiatric Evaluation

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The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings has been sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation.
 
Kevin "Kayvon" Edson had a court appearance Wednesday on charges of threatening battery, possession of a hoax explosive device, threats to commit a crime, disturbing the peace, disturbing a public assembly and disorderly conduct.
 
He was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital and held on $100,000 bail. His lawyer did not comment outside of court.
 
The 25-year-old was stopped late Tuesday after passers-by told an officer they saw him yelling, walking barefoot down the middle of a street, veiled in black, in pouring rain. The backpack was destroyed.
 
His mother says he has bipolar disorder. 

Meanwhile, organizers and law enforcement officials are urging Boston Marathon spectators to leave backpacks and other bags at home. They also say crowds will be limited at the finish line where two bombs exploded a year ago.
 
Monday's 26.2-mile race is expected to attract 36,000 runners -- about 10,000 more than usual for the event -- and about 1 million spectators.
 
Officials said Wednesday that heightened security will include thousands of uniform police and hundreds of plainclothes officers, with about 100 video cameras monitoring the crowds.
 
Backpacks are not banned outright, but are strongly discouraged and could be searched.
 
Dave McGillivray, race director for the Boston Athletic Association, says he believes Boston will be the "safest place on the planet" on Monday.  (AP)

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