Transcript for Suspect Arrested in Boston Marathon Bomb Hoax
Now what we have learned about the bomb scare that closed Boston streets last night one year after the terror attack at the marathon. It introduced a strange twist and today we saw the man accused of the hoax in court and read a statement from his mother that was a plea for help. Here's ABC's Ron Claiborne. Reporter: In his hearing Kevin Edson said nothing. He is accused of leaving the backpack which led to some tense moments on the one year anniversary of the one year bombing. He was stopped by a police officer who saw him walking bare foot in the middle of the street in the pouring rain. The backpack was blown up as a precaution. Police said later there was nothing explosive inside. It contained only a rice cooker filled with confetti. Late today his mother told ABC news to have this happen on the one-year anniversary of such a horrific crime is unfathomable. She went on to say I have two sons who struggle with mental illness. She has run the marathon six times and had this message for those running next week. Run strong and enjoy your wonderful feeling as you cross that finish line. Ron Claiborne, ABC news, new York.
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