Potential Massacre at Pokémon Tournament Averted by Boston Police
Pair arrested with stash of weapons had made social media threats
Two Iowa men were arrested outside the Pokémon World Championships at Hynes Convention Center in Boston with a car full of weapons over the weekend.
Police said they were alerted to the danger after threats against the attendees of the tournament surfaced on social media Thursday ahead of the event, CNN reports.
Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, were first taken into custody Friday outside the convention center after authorities stopped them trying to enter the invitation-only event and discovered firearms and ammunition inside their vehicle. When asked if they could provide a license for the weapons, the pair could not.
Police released the two men, but seized their vehicle. After securing a search warrant, they found a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, a DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife, according to ABC News.
The men were then located at a Saugus hotel on Saturday, where they were arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and other firearm related charges.
The threats on social media were first flagged by players online. “Prior to the event this weekend, our community of players made us aware of a security issue,” the Pokemon Company International said in a statement.
The statement continued: “We gathered information and gave it as soon as possible to the authorities at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center who acted swiftly and spearheaded communication with the Boston Police Department. Due to quick action, the potential threat was resolved.”
Paul Fizgerald, Boston Police Department Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis Commander Superintendent, said in a statement, “Boston detectives and collaborating agencies did a great job in the stop and prevention of a potential tragedy.”
The two men are expected to be arraigned on Monday. It’s unclear whether they have lawyers at this time.
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