Two Iowans Arrested After Plotting an Attack on the Pokémon World Championships in Boston
Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, were arrested after police found a cache of weapons in the car they had driven from Iowa to Boston. The two had threatened to kill attendees of the Pokémon World Championship.
- a 12-gauge Remington shotgun
- a DPMS Model AR-15 rifle
- several hundred rounds of ammunition
- a hunting knife
Neither Norton nor Stumbo could produce a license to carry the weapons.
In social media posts on Thursday, Norton and Stumbo had threatened to kill championship attendees, police said. Rachel McGuire, a spokeswoman for the Boston police, said she could not be specific about the threats, but “they were violent in nature.”
On a public Facebook page called “Mayhem Pokemon Crew,” Stumbo posted a photo of a white sedan, with two military-style weapons crossed over the trunk.
“Kevin Norton and I are ready for worlds Boston here we come!!!” wrote Stumbo. When a group member posted wishing the two men luck, Norton responded, “With killing the competition?”
Upon hearing of the threats, investigators increased security at the convention center. Stumbo and Norton were stopped at the door and barred from entering Thursday evening.