Heavily-armed man, 29, arrested at Phoenix Comicon told police he was 'The Punisher' and wanted to kill 'bad' cops and the green Power Ranger
By Associated Press and Mary Kekatos and Ann Schmidt For Dailymail.com
05:27 27 May 2017, updated 20:46 27 May 2017
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.
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.
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.
No one was hurt in the incident.
Prop weapons carried into the four-day Comicon event are supposed to be inspected by security staff.
However, Sergeant Mercedes Fortune revealed the Sterling's weapons weren't checked.
Police have now added extra security to the Comicon and banned all costume prop weapons, including swords sabers and fake guns.
The convention will run through Monday, May 29.
Seemed to have mental issues
I can no longer find the quote, but, in another article, he was reported to have said:
I'm the Punisher. Your rules don't apply to me.