Armed man arrested at Phoenix Comicon; security to increase

Armed man arrested at Phoenix Comicon; security to increase

Armed man arrested at Phoenix Comicon; security to increase

According to KPNX News, Mathew Sterling tried to enter the Phoenix Convention Center, where Phoenix Comicon was being held, with three armed handguns, a shotgun, and several knives and swords.

Police were called to the Phoenix Convention Center when a woman who knows Sterling called and reported he was posting threats on Facebook about killing police officers and harming a performer at the Comicon event.

A man who planned to kill "bad" police at the Phoenix Comicon told officers he was a crime-fighting comic book character called "The Punisher".

Phoenix Comicon has also implemented other additional security measures, including metal detectors, an increased police presence, and more restricted access to certain parts of the convention. "This includes costume props for staff, crew, costuming groups, panelists, and participants in the masquerade ball".

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a statement from the Phoenix Police said that the unidentified man was also wearing body armor. "She was receiving information, and she alerted law enforcement".

Here's a full rundown of what is permitted at Phoenix Comicon, effective today.

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"In this day and age, with everything that's occurring, I think that we just have to be mindful on the safety of everyone that's attending this event", said Fortune. However, this did not seem to occur on Thursday, with the armed man slipping through into the convention while fully armed.

The police report states that Sterling told them he stabbed the potential victim 15 years ago at an event and wanted to "finish the job". But those items have to remain wrapped at all times.

After the man's arrest, the convention has now issued a blanket no weapons ban for the remainder of the event.

Comicon also reduced the number of entrances to the event.

This Thursday, May 25, 2017, photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Matthew Sterling in Phoenix, Ariz. You can view that video here.

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