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Man charged with marathon hoax sent to psychiatric facility (updated)

Family members, friends and survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing walk to the finish line after a remembrance ceremony on Boylston Street in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Family members, friends and survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing walk to the finish line after a remembrance ceremony on Boylston Street in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
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Update 11:37 a.m.: 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.

8:10 a.m.: Man charged with marathon hoax due in court

The mother of a man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings says her son has a mental disorder.

Joie Edson tells The Associated Press her son Kevin "Kayvon" Edson has bipolar disorder.

The 25-year-old was arrested Tuesday. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Boston Municipal Court.

He faces 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 stopped late Tuesday by an officer who saw him acting suspiciously, including walking barefoot down the middle of a street, veiled in black, in pouring rain.

Last year, two bombs made from pressure cookers killed three at the marathon.