Armed Man Dressed As Rambo Arrested At Phoenix Comic Con

Armed Man Dressed As Rambo Arrested At Phoenix Comic Con

Armed Man Dressed As Rambo Arrested At Phoenix Comic Con

The judge set 31-year-old Mathew Sterling's bail at $1 million and he is facing charges of attempted murder, three counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, carrying a weapon in a prohibited place, and wearing body armor during the commission of a felony, according to the Phoenix police.

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.

Thursday marked the first day of the four-day-long "entertainment and comic convention".

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Police say Sterling was armed with a shotgun and three handguns that were all fully loaded. He was also wearing body armor.

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The police report obtained by the Arizona Republic states Sterling "believes that there are police officers that have kind faces in uniform but they can be bad officers", and he "would use violence against them if it meant he needed to protect his friends".

An associate of his alerted police at the Phoenix Convention Center about the posts, Fortune said. This had lead to increased security checks and a ban being placed on all prop weapons for the remainder of the convention.

"You always hear us say 'If you see something, say something, '" said Sgt. Fortune.

Of course, the news that costume requirements were changing was not met with complete enthusiasm by Phoenix Comicon attendees. That includes costume props, no matter what it is made out of.

Also, beginning Friday, expect delays on entrance into the event, due to additional added security screenings and a decrease in entry points into venue. Comic book and science fiction fans showing up at the Phoenix Comicon festival will have all prop weapons - including swords, sabers and fake guns - confiscated after a man showed up at the event with real guns and caused a security scare. More police will also be present during the event to help keep things in order.

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