MEDIA AVAILABILTY: Officers Arrest Two, Recover Two Firearms after Suspects Make Online Threats to Pokemon World Championship Event

WHO:             Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis Commander Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald

WHAT:           On Thursday, August 20, 2015, members of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) received information from private sector public safety personnel at the Hynes Convention Center at 900 Boylston Street in District D-4 (South End) regarding threats of violence made over social media to attendees of the Pokemon World Championships.

Security officers at the Hynes, officers in District D-4, and the BRIC immediately began investigation into these threats, and hours later, the two male suspects were stopped attempting to enter the event. BRIC and D-4 Detectives responded to further investigate. Detectives were informed that the suspects had driven to the event from Iowa and were in possession of several firearms in their vehicle. The suspects could not produce a License to Carry. Officers seized the vehicle, and the suspects were released pending a search warrant.

On Friday, August 21, 2015, detectives received and executed a search warrant for the suspect vehicle. Upon execution of the warrant, detectives recovered one 12-gauge Remington shotgun, one DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife. An arrest warrant was issued for the two suspects.

With the assistance of the Saugus Police Department, BPD detectives located and arrested the suspects at a Saugus hotel.

WHEN:          Monday, August 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM. 

WHERE:        Boston Police Headquarters, One Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA 02120 in the MEDIA ROOM.

CONTACT:    Boston Police Media Relations (617) 343-4520 for media inquiries.