The 2015 Pokémon World Championship took place in Boston this weekend, and police are reporting it arrested of a pair of men on Friday threatening violence against attendees.
According to a report from myfoxboston.com, police were alerted to threats on social media and the pair, 18-year-old Kevin Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo, were prevented from entering the convention center where the championship was taking place by security. Police later obtained a warrant to search the duo's car and found a collection of unlicensed firearms. Norton and Stumbo were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and other firearm related offenses.
The Pokémon Company offered a statement to myfoxboston.com saying, "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."
Thanks to the work of the police and the private security on staff at the Hynes Convention Center, the championship concluded without a hitch.
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) August 23, 2015
It's terrible that anyone would conceive to attack on an event like this – one celebrating a game designed for young players. It's great, however, that the duo didn't even make it through the front door and were apprehended by police before anything could happen.