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Pics: 2 armed men arrested outside Philly vote-counting center

Police car lights. (Alexandru Cuznetov/Dreamstime/TNS)
November 06, 2020

Police in Philadelphia, Pa. arrested two armed men on Thursday night headed to the Philadelphia Convention Center, where ballot counting is underway. Some reports said the armed men may have been plotting an attack on the center.

In an emailed statement to American Military News, the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) said they received information that armed individuals were en route to the Philadelphia Convention Center area in a silver Hummer truck. At around 10:20 p.m., a PPD officer spotted the Hummer and broadcast the information over police radio. About 10 minutes later, PPD bicycle patrol officers spotted two armed men.

NBC reporter Shomari Stone tweeted, “Police arrested 2 men in Philadelphia after receiving a tip they were making threats against the Philadelphia Convention Center. That’s where the city’s mail-in ballots are being counted. Police say they were told the men were coming from VA with AR-15s.”

Forbes and local 3 CBS Philly both reported allegations of a potential attack at the convention center.  However, PPD spokesman Eric McLaurin said he could not confirm whether PPD knew of any information about an armed group that intended to do harm or to disrupt ballot counting,

Another Twitter user posted photos of the arrest and tweeted, “Philadelphia police investigating alleged plot to attack the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Police got a tip about a group driving up from Virginia in a Hummer to unleash an attack at the Convention Center where votes are being counted in Philadelphia.”

According to the PPD statement, an investigation of the two armed suspects “revealed that neither male had a valid PA permit to carry, and the males were placed under arrest.”

PPD said the two men also acknowledged the Hummer was theirs and police found another firearm in the vehicle. PPD said they are actively investigating the incident, along with the FBI. PPD said firearms charges are pending for both suspects.

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Robert Moran tweeted a photo of the suspect vehicle, saying, “QAnon decals on back window of Hummer parked near Pa. Convention Center and under investigation after police got a tip that occupants were armed and targeting the Convention Center where vote-counting in presidential election is underway.”

QAnon has been associated with conspiracy theories.
Moran tweeted, “Another pic from my colleague @PhillyInquirer photographer @jessicagriffin of QAnon hat on dashboard of Hummer.”

The Washington Post reported a group of Trump supporters protested earlier on Thursday outside the convention center to “stop the vote,” but another group reportedly rallied to express support for Biden and the continued vote-counting.