Police arrest gunmen heading to the Pokemon World Championship

Nasty business here with reports that the Boston Police Department has arrested two armed men heading to the Pokémon World Championships.

According to FoxBoston.com (opens in new tab), two Iowa men, Kevin Norton and James Stumbo, were stopped outside the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Centre following reports of social media threats. After obtaining a search warrant, a shotgun, an AR-15 and “several hundred rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife” were found in their car, and the two were arrested. Both were registered (opens in new tab)to compete in the Masters Division of the event.

These are the weapons that @bostonpolice found after plot to attack #PokemonWorlds. http://t.co/aGLlBYI7Jp #FOX25 pic.twitter.com/f827INspPXAugust 23, 2015

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Currently (this is all breaking, obviously) the two are charged with “unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and other firearm related offences”.

This is apparently one of the messages that notified the authorities:

A known disgusting asshole of a TCG player just got kicked out of and banned at Worlds because of this: pic.twitter.com/xgd4qrDz2YAugust 21, 2015

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Here’s the statement (opens in new tab) the Pokémon Company issued:

“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.”

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