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Two men arrested on firearms charges after threats to Pokemon event

18-year-old Kevin Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo, both of Iowa, were stopped when they tried to enter the event at Hynes Convention Center.

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Authorities stopped two men from entering the Pokemon World Championships in Boston after learning of violent threats against people attending the event, police said. They later found an array of weapons and arrested the pair on firearms charges, they said.

Security employees at the Hynes Convention Center, where the event was held Friday and Saturday, notified the Boston Regional Intelligence Center on Thursday of the threats.

The two men, 18-year-old Kevin Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo, both of Iowa, were stopped when they tried to enter the event. Detectives, who had been informed that the men had driven from Iowa and had several firearms in their vehicle, asked the pair for licenses for any weapons, and the men could not produce them, police said. Authorities impounded the vehicle and released the suspects while they obtained a search warrant, police said.

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On Friday, after obtaining a warrant, detectives searched the vehicle and “recovered one 12-gauge Remington shotgun, one DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife,’’ according to police.

Norton and Stumbo were arrested at a Saugus hotel shortly after. Both are scheduled to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

The Pokemon World Championships featured 1,000 competitors from more than 30 different countries playing an elaborate, complicated card game featuring lively, beautifully rendered characters. They competed at the event for roughly $2 million in prizes, including $500,000 in scholarships.

“This incident is a good example of private security reaching out to their local Boston police district and relaying information to detectives and BRIC analysts in order to identify the very real threat,’’ said BPD Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis commander superintendent Paul Fitzgerald. “The BPD detectives and collaborating agencies did a great job in the stop and prevention of a potential tragedy.’’

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