It was reported yesterday that a man armed with guns and a knife was arrested at the Phoenix Comicon late Thursday. The 30-year-old man, who was wearing body armor and was armed with three handguns, a shotgun and a knife, referred to himself as “The Punisher” and had attended the event in order to take down “bad police officers,” as well as one of the guests: Powers Rangers actor Jason David Frank.
Following the man’s arrest yesterday, his full arsenal of weapons had been revealed by police and included two 45-caliber handguns, a .454-caliber handgun, and a 12-gauge shotgun, all fully loaded; a combat knife; pepper spray; and throwing stars. How the man managed to make it past security with that many weapons and why he exactly he was targeting Jason David Frank are currently unknown.
Jason David Frank, who is best known for portraying the Green Ranger, is a mainstay at conventions, not only hitting up the bigger cons throughout the year, but also the smaller ones such as Phoenix Comicon, in order to meet fans who have been following his career since the ’90’s. Although the gunman had set his sights on the actor, it appears that this will not stop him from continuing to appear at conventions. In fact, the actor even took to Fox 10 news to acknowledge the event and stated he wouldn’t let it distract him from his fans.
It's unfortunate things happen, but I will not let things distract me from my fans. JDF https://t.co/M3ccWbSBmL
— Jason David Frank (@jdfffn) May 27, 2017
The previously announced weapons ban for the rest of the convention remains in effect.
Phoenix Comicon continues through Sunday. Last year the event drew more than 100,000 attendees.
(via AZ Central)