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The Latest: Police: Comicon suspect threatened performer

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/26/2017
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on an arrest at Phoenix Comicon (all times local):

8:35 a.m.

Police say a man who was armed with guns and ammunition when arrested at the Phoenix Comicon allegedly made threats to harm a performer at the event and posted online threats against police officers.

Police didn't identify the performer who allegedly was threatened but say the man arrested Thursday was 31-year-old Matthew Sterling. His hometown wasn't released. Police previously gave his age as 30.

Police say Sterling was taken into custody after a brief struggle at the entertainment and conic convention.

Sgt. Mercedes Fortune says Sterling 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.

Fortune says officers at Comicon were alerted to a suspicious man making threats against police on social media and the postings included photos of officers working the event.

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