BOSTON, MA – It was “game on” in Boston over the weekend for the Pokémon World Championships, but it also was almost “game over.”
Boston police say two guys from Iowa, 27-year-old James Stumbo and his pal, recent high school grad Kevin Norton, made threats against the event on social media, like one Stumbo posted on the Pokémon Mayhem Crew Facebook group page showing a shotgun and an assault rifle on the back of a car.
The moderator of the private group alerted security at the Hynes Convention Center.
Tournament organizers invited Stumbo and Norton to compete in the US Master’s Division.
Police stopped and questioned the two at the door, but they let them go after telling them they could not get in.
A search of their vehicle turned up a 12-guage shotgun, an AR-15 rifle, a hunting knife, and hundreds of rounds of ammo. Definitely not allowed in the rules of Pokémon competition.
Police haven’t said why the pair transported the weapons from Iowa, or if they really planned to use them.
Regardless, their actions still sent them to the pokey, man.