• Show Search Options  • Search Tips

Section Front
E-Mail This StoryPrintable VersionTag With del.icio.us

Man in Boston Scare Videotaped Police

Defendant in Boston marketing stunt scare videotaped police response, attorney says

War On TerrorWar On Terror
Iraq After SaddamIraq After Saddam

Photo Essay

Combating The ColdCombating The Cold
Arctic chill from northern Plains to New England forces people to bundle up.
Combating The Cold

Photo Essay

Astronaut ArrestedAstronaut Arrested
Charged with attempted murder in alleged kidnap attempt of romantic rival in love triangle with another astronaut.
Astronaut Arrested

Photo Essay

Central Florida LashedCentral Florida Lashed
Storms kill at least 20 people, damage hundreds of homes and leave thousands without power.
Central Florida Lashed

BOSTON, Feb. 6, 2007
By DAVID WEBER Associated Press Writer
(AP) One of the men criminally charged after placing blinking cartoon advertisements around the city videotaped a police bomb squad removing one of the electronic devices, but did not tell the officers the object was harmless.

Surveillance cameras caught 27-year-old Peter Berdovsky videotaping officers removing what they thought was a possible bomb.

His lawyer, Walter Prince, said Tuesday: "Mr. Berdovsky didn't do anything inappropriate."

Prince said Berdovsky had received a call that morning from a friend who told him there was a bomb threat at the Sullivan Square transit station in Boston. He said Berdovsky grabbed his camera and headed out to the scene, unaware it involved one of the electronic devices that he and Sean Stevens, 28, had hung as part of a guerrilla advertising campaign for Turner Broadcasting, a division of Time Warner Inc.

"That's what he does. He videotapes things. He's a videotape freelance artist. He got a call that there was a bomb threat near his house and he went to tape it," Prince said. "When he got there, he realized what was going on, and he went back to his apartment and called his employer, and they told him they would take care of it. That's not an inappropriate response."

Turner Broadcasting has agreed to pay $2 million to cover costs and restitution for the massive police response on Jan. 31 that shut down highways and bridges and snarled traffic.

More than three dozen of the devices advertising the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" cartoon were found in the city.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Martha Coakley, who is prosecuting Berdovsky and Stevens on charges of placing a hoax device and disorderly conduct, declined to comment on the incident, citing the ongoing criminal case.

Berdovsky and Stevens have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Their next court date is March 7.

©MMVII The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Back To Top  Back To Top

E-Mail AlertsRSS FeedsPodcasts

Go To CBS News Video

U.S. VIDEOSAll U.S. Videos

Watch VideoMillions May Lose Homes | Email this video

Watch VideoHumberto Attacks At Night | Email this video

Watch VideoHealing Waves | Email this video

Watch VideoBush, Sheik Risha Meet | Email this video


Watch VideoStewart And Cramer Face Off | Email this video

Watch VideoWill The Jobs Ever Return? | Email this video

Watch VideoYanni, Live! | Email this video

Watch VideoA Taste Of St. Patrick's Day | Email this video

More Video

  • Show Search Options  • Search Tips
Wireless Alerts:  CBS News To Go  E-Mail Sign-Up:  Breaking News  |  Today On CBS News  |  60 Minutes  |  48 Hours  |  The Early Show  |  CBS Sunday Morning  |  News Summaries

Recommended Sites:  CBS Corporation  |  The ShowBuzz  |  Wallstrip  |  CBS.com  |  CBSSports.com  |  CWTV.com  |  ETOnline.com  |  The INSIDER  |  CBS Store  |  CBS Careers  |  CBS Cares
Breaking News© MMVII, CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.