Thanks to the Boston?s finest, two individuals were caught while attempting to create another bloodshed at a video game event.
This weekend at the Pokemon World Championships in Boston, two armed men were arrested by the Boston police for threats and an attempt to hurt the attendees at the said event.
This started when Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27 started to make threats over social media about the Pokemon World Championship. As a result, the private security of Hynes Convention Center were aware of the threats and stopped the two from entering the event on Thursday. Police have searched the vehicle with a search warrant on Friday, after searching their vehicle, it was revealed that there was a 12 gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle and hundreds of ammunitions along with a hunting knife in the vehicle used by Norton and Stumbo. All the firearms were unlicensed. The two were invitees in the masters division for the world championship for the Pokemon Trading Card Game at the event.
The two were charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and other firearm-related charges.
Kotaku also shared a photo that Stumbo shared on a Facebook group showing the actual weapons that were seized by the police.
The Pokemon Company International; the organizers of the championships, has left a statement regarding to the issue:
“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 Pok?mon Company International takes the safety of our fans seriously and will continue to ensure proper security measures are a priority.”