Armed man arrested at Phoenix Comicon

A man in Phoenix was arrested on Thursday after he allegedly attempted to bring guns and knives into the local Comicon, Phoenix Police told ABC News. Based on his social media postings, his plan was to kill police officers who were at the con, essentially a domestic terrorism event in the planning.

Police said the man had threatened to harm a performer and posted online threats against police officers, convinced he was the alter-ego of a Marvel comic book character called the Punisher.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Police arrest an armed man at Phoenix Comicon on May 24, 2017.

Court paperwork said that in the interview with police and in prior Facebook messages, Sterling said he was at Phoenix Comicon to finish a "job". He was also carrying knives.

He struggled with officers, according to police, but nobody was injured in the incident.

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According to the Comicon website, police and the Phoenix Convention Center security were responsible for checking each prop weapon brought into the event. Police said the unidentified suspect resisted arrest before being taken into custody.

"You always hear us say 'If you see something, say something, '" said Sgt. Fortune. It is most likely this is an "isolated incident".

All costume props are no longer allowed, including foam and cardboard props, shields and sabers.

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". Security staff at the Phoenix Comicon are supposed to inspect prop weapons, as a matter of course, but in this case, Phoenix police said that did not happen. If you buy a prop weapon, police will require you keep it sealed while you're inside the venue. Purchased props will be wrapped by the vendors and must remain so while they are on-site.

"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. Police also believe he meant to attack officers as well.


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