Boston Police responded to social media threats made before the Pokemon World Championships, and were able to arrest two men who were in possession of unregistered firearms at the event.
Whoa — that was a close call. Members of the Boston Police Department were able to intercept firearms and ammunition from two Iowa men attending the Pokemon World Championships after fans reported social media threats made before the tournament. The men were arrested on Aug. 22.
Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo’s arrest charges include: unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and other firearm related charges. The investigation is still ongoing.
The Boston Regional Intelligence Center was notified of social media threats made to attendees of the Pokemon tournament, which was being held at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center throughout the weekend. Kevin and James were turned away while attempting to enter the event on Aug. 20, and police were granted a search warrant to check out their vehicle on Aug. 21.
Inside, they found a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, a DPMS Model Ar-15 rifle, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, along with a hunting knife. The duo were arrested at their hotel the next day, and are expected to be arraigned on Aug. 24.
“This incident is a good example of private security reaching out to their local Boston police districts and relaying information to detectives to identify the very real threat,” Paul Fitzgerald, Superintendent at the Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis, said. Indeed, it’s excellent that the police department took the online threats seriously, and were able to prevent anything totally devastating or tragic to happen at the event.
HollywoodLifers: What do you think will happen at Kevin & James’ arraignment?
— Alyssa Norwin