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.