The Boston Police Department has arrested two men with weapons and ammunition outside of the Pokémon World Championships.

The two suspects had made threats via social media against the championships. The two men – Kevin Norton, 18 and James Stumbo, 27 – are both from Iowa.

Security for the event became aware of the threats and alerted local authorities on Thursday. On Friday, they were stopped outside of the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Mass. without licenses to carry any of the firearms that were said to be in their vehicle. They were released pending a search warrant.

Later on Friday, the police received the warrant and searched the vehicle where they found an AR-15 assault rifle, a Remington 12-gauge shotgun, a hunting knife and several hundred rounds of ammunition.

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The two men were later arrested at their hotel in Saugus, Mass. The two have been charged with “unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and other firearm related offences.”

Below is an issued statement from the Pokémon Company:

 “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.”

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