Two men were arrested after social media threats to start a killing spree at the Pokémon World Championships in Boston this weekend.
On Thursday, the Boston Regional Intelligence Center received information from private sector public safety personnel at the Hynes Convention Center regarding threats of violence made over Facebook in relation to the visitors of the Pokemon World Championships. Several hours later two men were stopped from entering the event.
James Stumbo (27) and Kevin Norton (18) , had driven to the event from Iowa having been invited to play in the Masters Division of the Pokemon World Championships. They were arrested at the door and detectives believing they were carrying weapons, asked to see their gun licenses which they could not produce. They were released while the police obtained a warrant to search their vehicle.
The next day, police officers searched the suspects vehicle and found the following cache of weapons: one 12-gauge Remington shotgun, one DPMS Model AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife.
An arrest warrant was issued and the two men were tracked down and arrested and will later make their appearance at Boston Municipal Court.
The Pokémon World Championships had invited over a thousand players with a reported nearly three thousand in attendance overall. If it wasn’t for the co-operation of the Boston Police and private security teams, the event could’ve been famous for the wrong reasons.
Thanks to Nintendo Life