Kevin Norton, 18, and James Austin Stumbo, 27, have been arrested on weapons charges after Boston police were alerted about violent threats aimed towards the Pokémon World Championships last Friday. The two Iowa men were detained at a hotel in Saugus after police found a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, a DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife in their vehicle.
According to police, security at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston was on high alert due to threats made on Facebook by Stumbo on August 19, where he posted a picture of two weapons on the trunk of his car with the caption “Kevin Norton and I are ready for Worlds Boston here we come!!!” When the two suspects tried to enter the event, they were seized upon entry and security quickly contacted the Boston Police Department.
Allegedly, Stumbo and Norton both cooperated with police when they arrived by explaining that the post was “taken out of context,” and informed the officers of the location of their car and that there were indeed weapons inside of their vehicle. Since neither Stumbo nor Norton could produce a license to carry the weapons at the time, police issued a search warrant, and, upon receiving it, they executed a search on the vehicle, where they found the stash of weapons and ammunition.
The two men were charged with various firearm and ammunition charges including unlawful possession, and according to an interview of Officer Rachel McGuire of Boston Police Department with ABC News, “There was not a nexus to terrorism but the investigation into the specific motive for the threats is ongoing.”
The Pokémon Company International was well aware of the situation, and released a statement regarding the incident.
“Prior to the event this weekend, our community of players made us aware of a security issue. 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. The Pokémon Company International takes the safety of our fans seriously and will continue to ensure proper security measures are a priority.”
Source: ABC News