Police arrested two men and seized two firearms Friday, thwarting what authorities called a possible attack at the Pokemon World Championships in Boston.
The suspects, Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, both of Iowa, were being held Sunday on weapons charges.
Convention center personnel notified police about threats of violence made via social media, according to a release.
Pokemon leadership forwarded information about the threats to authorities after receiving tips from players, the company said in a statement.
“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,” the statement reads. “Due to quick action, the potential threat was resolved.”
Attendees were not notified about the threats or Friday's arrest before Sunday, according to Rachel Weiss, spokesperson for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. Fox 25 Boston first reported the story Sunday afternoon.
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Detectives with the Boston Regional Intelligence Center received the tip Thursday that two men were driving from Iowa with several firearms in their vehicle, according to police.
The two male suspects were stopped, also on Thursday, while attempting to enter the event, police said. In the car they were driving, authorities later found a 12-guage Remington shotgun, a DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle and several hundred rounds of ammunition, as well as a hunting knife, according to a police.
A Facebook user with Stumbo’s name posted a picture of two weapons online Wednesday, Aug. 19.