Police arrested two possible gunmen at the Pokemon World Championships this weekend. Kevin Norton age 18 and James Stumbo age 27 who were registered to compete in the Masters Division, were posting threatening messages on social media with pictures of assault rifles. According to the Boston Police Department, they confiscated a 12-gauge shotgun, a DPM5 Model AR-15 with 250 rounds of ammo, and a hunting knife.
Both men were arrested on Friday and charged with several firearm charges. According to The Daily Beast, it was a moderator that alerted the security at the event. Security then detained Stumbo when he tried to enter and stopped Norton shortly after. Both men were then given a “No Trespass Order” and were taken into custody at their hotel.
The Boston Police Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis Commander Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald released a statement on the incident:
The relationship between police and private sector security is important in both our community policing philosophy, as well as our counter-terrorism strategy. 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 Pokemon Company International also released a statement following the incident:
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.
Good on the moderator for speaking up about the incident and my hats off to the security and Boston Police Department for how they handled this. They thwarted a possible massacre by being pro-active about this and kept the attendees safe. Good on yall!