Mathew Sterling, 29, showed up at Phoenix ComiCon dressed up and claiming he was a character called “The Punisher” has been arrested after threatening to kill police officers and one of the performers at the event.
When he was arrested, law enforcement discovered that 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 say that Sterling appeared to have mental issues.
He was jailed on suspicion of attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, wearing body armor during the commission of a felony, resisting arrest and carrying a weapon in a prohibited place.
The Daily Mail reports:
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’.
Mathew Sterling, 29, was arrested Thursday after he brought weapons into the Arizona event and threatened to kill police officers and one of the performers at the event.
Police say Sterling appears to have mental issues.
Sterling, from Mesa, Arizona, was jailed on suspicion of attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, wearing body armor during the commission of a felony, resisting arrest and carrying a weapon in a prohibited place.
He did not have an attorney present when he appeared in court Friday and spoke only briefly, agreeing when a judge told him it might not be in his best interest to comment.
Sterling is being held on $1million cash bond, according to AZ Central.
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.
He was posting pictures of police officers at the event, saying he was going to kill them, according to 12 News.
Police also say Sterling ‘set a calendar reminder in his phone to alert him to kill the victim at Comicon on May 25th,’ according to AZ Central.
‘The victim’ refers to Jason David Frank, an actor known for his role as the original green Power Ranger.
Immediately after the incident, police did not name Sterling or his intended victim, Frank.