Boston police detonate suspicious package, suspect arrested

(Photo Courtesy: WBZ-TV/Boston)

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been arrested in connection with a hoax bomb that Boston police were forced to detonate after it was left next to a Department of Homeland Security vehicle.

Boston police say James Derepentigny was arrested in his hometown of Lawrence, hours after the suspicious package was found during a routine Homeland Security Department patrol near the Coast

Guard office on Atlantic Avenue. Police say Derepentigny put the package next to the vehicle and hurried away.

The package looked like a suitcase. It was destroyed just before noon in a controlled detonation that sent a boom echoing off nearby skyscrapers.

Police expected to charge Derepentigny with planting a hoax bomb. He’s in police custody.

It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

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