Yeah, what? Boston Police report two Pokemon masters from Iowa seemed to be threatening to shoot up the Pokemon World Championships at the Hynes Convention Center but were foiled in part because Hynes security officers spotted the threat online.
Police say James Stumbo, 27, and Kevin Norton, 18, drove to the Boston area armed with a shotgun, a rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife, then tried to get into the Hynes Thursday - where they were promptly stopped by Boston Police and Hynes security guards who were waiting for them.
Both Stumbo and Norton had been invited to compete at the championship in the "masters" division.
On Wednesday, Stumbo posted what police said was a threatening image in a Facebook Pokemon group:
With this note:
Kevin Norton and I are ready for worlds Boston here we come!!!
Because they were not packing the guns on them, they were released, but their car was seized until police could obtain a search warrant.
Armed with the search warrant, police found a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, a DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle, the ammo and the knife in the car on Friday. The two were then arrested at a Saugus hotel on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and other firearm charges; seems they did not have a license to carry the guns.
They're scheduled for arraignment tomorrow in Boston Municipal Court.
An interview with Stumbo earlier this year: