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Pokemon threat suspect says posts were "taken out of context"

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BOSTON (KWWL) -

Kevin Norton - the 18-year-old from Ames now in a Boston jail - told police a picture he posted to a group that others perceived as a threat was taken out of context.

Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo from Boone were arraigned in Boston Municipal Court Monday on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawful possession of a large capacity rifle.

According to prosecutors, Boston Police were made aware of messages posted on social media that included references to weapons and threats to harm others attending the Pokemon World Championship.

Prosecutors said in a Facebook chatroom conversation between several individuals, someone made reference to “Columbine pt 2,” “another Boston massacre,” and “Boston bombing.”

In that conversation, James Stumbo allegedly referred to his AR-15 rifle, stating, “MY AR-15 says you lose.”

Stumbo also allegedly acknowledged posting that he was “on his way to Boston” and “Kevin Norton and I are ready for worlds Boston here we come!!!” as the caption below a picture of Norton’s car with the AR-15 and shotgun displayed on its trunk.

Prosecutors said Norton, when barred from accessing a chatroom that he was banned from for bullying another individual, allegedly stated, “Oh, ok, that’s fine then I will just shoot him on Friday thanks.”

On Friday, officers at the gaming championships stopped James Stumbo from entering the convention center.  Norton was found outside.

Prosecutors say while speaking with officers, Norton made statements that the men had driven from Iowa in Norton’s 2002 Chevy Prizm with a shotgun and a rifle in the vehicle.

After a search warrant, police discovered a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, an AR-15 rifle, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife.

According to an incident report, Norton said he wasn't allowed into the event "because of a picture he posted was being taken out of context."

The incident report says Norton stated the picture was of guns, including one rifle that belonged to Stumbo.

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