Men Accused of Plotting Attack at Pokemon Championships Held Without Bail

Two Iowa men are being held without bail after allegedly making online threats against competitors in the Pokemon World Championships in Boston over the weekend.

James Stumbo, 27, of Boone and Kevin Norton, 18, of Ames were arraigned on gun charges Monday morning after police say a post on social media alerted them to a plan to target the event.

Stumbo had posted a photo of the guns resting on a car Wednesday to a Facebook group called "Mayhem Pokemon Crew." The caption read "Kevin Norton and I are ready for worlds Boston here we come!!!"

When another member of the group wrote "Good luck," Norton replied "With killing the competition?" The other member responded, "Haha yes."

Two Iowa men authorities say threatened gun violence at the Pokemon World Championships in Boston have been held without bail. Authorities say 18-year-old Kevin Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo were held without bail at their arraignment Monday on gun charges pending a dangerousness hearing next week. Authorities say the suspects referenced Columbine and the Boston Marathon bombing on social media....

Authorities say the threats, which were made in a closed forum, also referred to the Boston Marathon bombings and the Columbine High School massacre.

Stumbo and Norton allegedly made the threats before driving 25 hours to Boston.

Security at the Hynes Convention Center received word of the post, reporting it to Boston police. The two were stopped as they tried to get into the event Friday, but were released. However, police kept their car.

Stumbo and Norton were arrested Saturday at a Saugus motel after police discovered a shotgun, assault rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife in the vehicle.

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Two Iowa men were arrested and police seized a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15, hundreds of rounds of ammo and a hunting knife after threats were made to the event at Boston's Hynes Convention Center.

"They could have done a lot of damage and hurt a lot of people," Boston Police Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald said.

Norton and Stumbo are not currently facing charges in connection to the threats they made online, but the investigation is ongoing and police said they could face additional charges.

Stumbo and Norton's dangerousness hearing is scheduled for Sept. 1.

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