Boston Police arrest two armed suspects as they enter Pokemon World Championships

The Pokemon World Championships in Boston nearly turned violent, as two suspects that threatened to rain violence down on the event were caught by police before they attempted to enter the Hynes Convention Center.


The Pokemon World Championships in Boston were held this weekend, but the fun and festivities were very nearly halted in a tragic manner. Two suspects from Iowa had threatened to rain down violence on the event and had brought several guns from their home state of Iowa. Boston police caught wind of the plot and were able to stop the two men on Friday night, days before they attempted to enter the Hynes Convention Center.

Accoring to the Boston FOX affiliate, the two suspects had issued their threats through social media. Police were notified of the threats on Thursday and were on the lookout for the two throughout the weekend. Upon searching their vehicle, authorities recovered a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife. The story has been updated to identity the suspects, 18-year-old Kevin Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo, both of whom were set to compete on Saturday under the Masters Division for the Pokemon Trading Card Game.

Meanwhile, context continues to come in quickly. These tweets were taken on Thursday, showing Stumbo and Norton arming themselves for their trip. The Pokemon Worlds tournament organizers swiftly kicked the two out of the competition and it may very well be these posts that caught Boston PD's attention:

The Pokemon Company issued the following statement to the FOX station in Boston:

"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."

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