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James Derepentigny, 50, was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court in connection with a suspicious suitcase he allegedly left next to a federal government vehicle on Atlantic Avenue on Friday.  

The suitcase was placed outside the driver’s side door of a clearly marked Department of Homeland Security SUV, just a few yards from the James Hook Lobster Company.  John Mulkerrin is the manager there.  

“Well we came in around 9:30 and I was opening up, opening up the the windows and I noticed a policeman with a security dog walking around the back of the building.  And then I noticed him kind of pausing around a bag," said Mulkerrin.

The Boston Police bomb squad was called in and experts x-rayed the brown suitcase covered in floral prints.  They noticed wires and what looked like a power source inside.  Traffic was cordoned off, the Seaport Bridge blocked to traffic and pedestrians, and police later used what is called a “pack bot” device to set off a controlled detonation of the suitcase.

The boom was heard for several blocks.

Commissioner Bill Evens said police quickly determined that the package was not a bomb. He said police were simply exercising caution and he added, "given what's going on around the country, better safe than sorry."

Derepentigny is being held on $50,000 cash bail, and the Suffolk County district attorney’s office said that his bail in an unrelated Lawrence case was revoked.  He is set to return to court on January 4th.