The Pokemon World Championship almost ended in tragedy if it weren’t for the Boston police. According to CNN, two men from Iowa were taken into custody just outside of the Pokemon championship at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
The two men had the intention to create a massacre during the convention. Originally, police officials were tipped off about the potentially dangerous situation when threats were made on social media about the Pokemon World Championship event.
The two men, Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, were taken into custody outside the convention center. Police officials stopped the two men outside of the convention, which was invite only, and soon discovered that their vehicle was filled with firearms and ammunition. The two men were asked if they could provide a license for the weapons, but the two individuals could not, and that’s when they were taken into custody.
Although police officials released the two men, their vehicle was taken into police custody. After obtaining a search warrant, the officers found a 12-gauge Remington, a DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle, a hunting knife, as well as several rounds of ammunition.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley, “We mitigated the threat by intercepting those people.”
The men were later arrested on Saturday at the Saugus hotel. The two were arrested and brought up on charges of, “unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and other firearm related charges.”
— Boston News (@NewsInBeantown) August 24, 2015
Here’s a photo of the weapons and ammunition that were found in the vehicle.
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Prior to the convention, police Commissioner William Evans, had said that the two men had made threats on a private Facebook that referenced the Columbine school shooting, the Boston marathon bombing, and made specific threats against the players in the tournament. “I think it goes to the whole idea of, if you see something, say something,” said Evans.
According to a photo on Facebook, Stombo and Norton called themselves the “Mayhem Pokemon Crew.” Stombo captioned a photo of their weapons, “Kevin Norton and I are ready for Worlds Boston here we come!!!” Other users in the private group seemed to encourage the duo. One person wrote on below the photo, “Good luck!”
The two are held without bail and will attend a hearing on September 1.
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