Kevin Kayvon Edson after his arrest for allegedly using a hoax device near the Marathon finish line. Credit: Suffolk district attorney's office
A 25-year-old man accused of running down Boylston Street on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings carrying a large backpack with a glitter-filled rice cooker and screaming “Boston Strong” had his bail cut in half at a hearing this afternoon, WBZ reported.
Kevin Kayvon Edson, of Wakefield and Boston, was charged ordered held on $100,000 bail and was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a competency evaluation following an arraignment on April 16 on charges including making a false bomb threat, possession of a hoax device and disturbing a public assembly.
Edson reportedly wept as his attorney argued to reduce his bail to $10,000, saying he does not present a danger and is "incredibly depressed and not stable."
A jude reduced the bail to $50,000 and ordered Edson to stay on his medications.
Edson, an art student currently enrolled at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, "has been battling mental issues for several years," according to a statement released by his family last month.
"His illness has caused himself and our family years of anguish that is unimaginable. His multiple mental health issues, including the diagnosis of BiPolar Disorder, are a constant battle realized by multiple hospitalizations and close psychiatric treatment. Kevin is currently a college student and has not been living at home for several months. Unfortunately his mental health has deteriorated recently."