24 Aug 2015 6:30 PM +00:00 UTC

Police Arrest Two Men Who Promised To 'Kill the Competition' at Pokemon World Championship

Boston Police and prosecutors said Monday they foiled a massacre plan for the Pokemon World Championship held this weekend.

Police arested James Austin Stumbo, 27, and Kevin Norton, 18 of Iowa on Saturday after they allegedly made violent threats on social media. Members of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center received noticed of the potential threats on Thursday. The suspects, who were both driving from Iowa, were halted by police and could not produce a License to Carry. They were released as police sought an emergency search warrant.

"On Friday, August 21, 2015, detectives received and executed a search warrant for the suspect vehicle. Upon execution of the warrant, detectives recovered one 12-gauge Remington shotgun, one DPMS Model AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife. An arrest warrant was issued for the two suspects," the department's statement states.

Hours before they were confronted by officers, Mr Stumbo uploaded a photo of his motor vehicle with weapons on the trunk in a Facebook group called "Mayhem Pokemon Crew," the Daily Beastreported. The photo included this caption

"Kevin Norton and I are ready for Worlds Boston here we come!!!"
"Good luck!" wrote a Facebook user named Joey Faux.
"With killing the competition?" asked Norton.
"Haha yes," replied Faux.

Paul Fitzgerald, commander superintendent of the department's Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis, said that the Boston detectives had thwarted a "potential tragedy."

"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 released the following statement after the arrests:

"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."

Norton and Stumbo were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and several more firearm related charges.