Washington: Two Pokemon fans have been arrested ahead of the game’s World Championships in the US after police feared they were planning a violent attack at the event.
Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, were held on gun charges after they referenced the Columbine massacre and the Boston Marathon bombing in “threatening” posts on social media, police said.
Police quizzed the pair, who were due to compete in the championship final, at their hotel on Thursday as they were about to register for the event in Boston, it was revealed today.
They were released, but their car was seized after detectives learned they might have guns. Officers later found a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife in the car, which they had driven from Iowa to Massachusetts.