Suspect Detained After Suspicious Suitcase Detonated in Boston

  • Police say incident was isolated, not related to terrorism
  • Man, 50, is taken into custody 30 miles north of Boston

A suspect was taken into custody hours after a suspicious but ultimately harmless suitcase was found near a Department of Homeland Security truck and safely detonated by police in Boston’s waterfront area, near the financial district.

James Derepentigny, 50, was detained and arrested in the city of Lawrence, 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Boston, and charged with planting a hoax device, according to a statement on the Boston police website.

Police said they believe this was an isolated incident and not related to terrorism. The suspect has a lengthy criminal record and a history of mental-health issues, police said.

The scare that began just before 10 a.m., when the suitcase was found, temporarily closed roads in the area, said Myeshia Henderson, a police spokeswoman, in a telephone interview.

Police were working to find the suspect from an image they had of a man seen leaving the suitcase and walking away hurriedly, Police Commissioner William Evans said in comments reported by WCVB-TV.

The suspect is expected to be returned to Boston and arraigned in court there, police said.

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