Police in Boston, Massachusetts, have arrested and charged two men alleged to have made threats against the Pokémon World Championships, which took place this weekend.
Kevin Norton, aged 18, and 27-year-old James Stumbo, from Iowa, were charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, among other charges. Both men will be arraigned at Boston Municipal court.
According to a public statement released online, the Boston Police Department was alerted to the threats by private security guards at the city’s Hynes Convention Centre, who spotted threats made over social media.
Police officers seized a vehicle from the two suspects at the convention centre, after they were prevented from entering by private security. The BPD found one 12-gauge Remington shotgun, one DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife.
In the same statement, BPD Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis Commander Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald said: “This incident is a good example of private security reaching out to their local Boston police district and relaying information to detectives and BRIC analysts in order to identify the very real threat.
“The BPD detectives and collaborating agencies did a great job in the stop and prevention of a potential tragedy.”
The Pokémon World Championships took place from Friday 21st August to Sunday 23rd August. Players competed for a $10,000 scholarship, among other prizes.
The alleged planned attack comes two years after Boston was hit by bombing during the yearly Boston Marathon, an attack by two Kyrgyzstani-Americans that claimed six lives.
More information as it comes in.