Phoenix police: Comicon suspect threatened police, performer

Phoenix police: Comicon suspect threatened police, performer

Phoenix police: Comicon suspect threatened police, performer

A judge set his bond at $1 million on Friday.

During a Thursday afternoon press conference, a Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said Phoenix police will be updating security at the facility, including additional screening, as well as fewer accessible entrances to the building.

Fortune also said extra security would be put in place over the weekend and the number of entry and exit points would be cut down, which could lead to long lines.

Vendors will be allowed to sell props at Comicon, but they must remain wrapped and officials urged people to take their purchases to their auto or hotel room as soon as possible. He was eventually overpowered and taken into custody.

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

He had been carrying four fully loaded guns: two 45-caliber handguns, a.454-caliber handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun, as well as a combat knife, pepper spray and throwing stars, according to AZ Central. Police said he was wearing body armor.

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The convention runs Thursday through Sunday at the Phoenix Convention Center, with guests including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's Karen Gillan, Danny Trejo and Agents of SHIELD's Gabriel Luna. This includes costume props for staff, crew, costuming groups, panelists, and participants in the masquerade ball.

"He exhibited a dramatic threat to the community beyond police officers, beyond Jason David Frank", Leiter said.

Fortune said Sterling is a Phoenix-area resident and that the performer, whom she declined to identify, didn't know Sterling. He said he had stabbed a person - scheduled to perform for four days at the event - 15 years ago.

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".

Sterling did not have an attorney present during his initial court appearance Friday. He did not say a word and is being held on a $1 million bond. He was also wearing body armor under his clothes.

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