Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mysterious man in a black veil with backpack forces evacuation of Boston Marathon finish line (VIDEO)

A mysterious looking man wearing a black dress with a large black back pack under a black veil prompted Boston police to evacuate the area near the Boston Marathon finish line after he barged toward the area with the suspicious package Tuesday night at about 7:00 p.m.

The surreal scene began when a single man — whom Boston police said appeared to be "not of sound mind" — ran toward the area where the tragic bombing took place one year ago and repeatedly screamed “Boston Strong” before being tackled by police.

The man was also wearing a cape around the backpack, a witness said.

Police told pedestrians to evacuate while they brought in a bomb squad to inspect the bag.

The Boston Police Department said around 8:15 p.m. that they had a male suspect in custody in connection to the incident.

Police Superintendent Randall Halstead said the man had a rice cooker in his backpack and is being charged with possession of a hoax device. He also faces charges faces charges of disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.

The backpack was blown up by the bomb squad as a precaution and a second unattended backpack found at the scene was a misplaced photographer's bag.

Hours earlier a memorial to those victims of the 2013 attack took place at the race finish.

The 2014 marathon takes place next Monday.

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