Boston police foil gunmen’s plot at Pokémon World Championships

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, August 23, 2015, 4:07 PM

Kevin Norton joked on a Facebook photo of the weapons about “killing the competition” at the Pokemon World Championship.

Boston police arrested two Nintendolts who promised to wreak havoc on the Pokémon World Championships on Saturday.

Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, both from Iowa, allegedly made violent threats on social media to attendants at the Pokémon World Championships, cops said. Security officials at the Hynes Convention Center, where the tournament is held, immediately began investigating, and the two men were stopped hours later trying to get into the event.

Detectives searched the suspects’ car and found a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife, cops said.

James Stumbo, a known Pokémon trading card game player, and 17-year-old Kevin Norton threatened the Pokemon World Championships over social media before they were arrested for posession of a rifle, a shotgun and ammunition.TEAM FISH KNUCKLES VIA YOUTUBE

James Stumbo, a known Pokémon trading card game player, and 17-year-old Kevin Norton threatened the Pokemon World Championships over social media before they were arrested for posession of a rifle, a shotgun and ammunition.

Boston detectives arrested the pair at a hotel in Saugus. They are both charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and other firearm related charges, police said. They will be arraigned at Boston Municipal Court.

Both Stumbo and Norton’s names appeared on the tournament’s official invitees list under the Masters Division. Stumbo was also a member of the Iowan Pokemon League’s Facebook group.

Stumbo posted the threat  Aug. 19 on a Facebook group called “Mayhem Pokémon Crew,” with a photo of the shotgun and the rifle on the back of their car.

He captioned the photo: “Kevin Norton and I are ready for worlds Boston here we come!!!”

Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, were arrested after the two made threats against the Pokemon World Championship attendees at the Hynes Convention Center. Police found one shotgun, one rifle and several hundred arounds of ammunition.BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, were arrested after the two made threats against the Pokemon World Championship attendees at the Hynes Convention Center. Police found one shotgun, one rifle and several hundred arounds of ammunition.

When a group member wished them good luck, Norton replied, “With killing the competition?”

On Norton’s facebook, the teen had a profile picture of himself shooting a pistol.

“The BPD detectives did a great job in the stop and prevention of a potential tragedy,” BPD bureau of intelligence and analysis commander Paul Fitzgerald said.

The tournament took place between Friday and Sunday, with players competing for more than $500,000 in scholarship awards, according to the official Pokemon tournament website.