At a recent Pokemon Championship event held in Boston this Saturday, two men were arrested after they openly proclaimed violent threats against the attendees on social media. When the police searched the suspects car, which was not registered in their names, they found that it contained two firearms and hundreds of round of ammunition for each.
Both men had been invited to attend the event as competitors, but were immediately arrested by police after entering the venue. It is not currently know if the men were intending to use the firearms at the event, but the fact that they used an illegally obtained vehicle, and did not have the legal documents necessary to own the weapons is certainly a cause for concern.
The suspects are due to appear at Boston Municipal Court for a hearing in relation to their charges, which include unlawful possession of weapons and ammunition.
Pokemon gave a statement on the matter:
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 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center who acted swiftly and spearheaded communication with the Boston Police Department. Due to quick action, the potential threat was resolved. The Pokémon Company International takes the safety of our fans seriously and will continue to ensure proper security measures are a priority.
Any further developments we will report as soon as we know more.