Two armed men who had QAnon paraphernalia were arrested near the Philadelphia convention center on Thursday night, authorities said.
The FBI received a tip that the 61-year-old and 42-year-old men were headed from Virginia Beach to Philadelphia. The two men carried pistols as well as having a rifle style gun and ammunition in their car, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw told reporters at a press conference on Friday.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said “we do not have indications that the story is bigger than these two individuals,” according to NBC News.
But, the silver Hummer the men drove had a QAnon sticker and hat with the QAnon logo on it was located in the car, according to reports. Krasner said at the press conference that exact charges are still being considered, but will include illegal possession of a firearm in Philadelphia.
QAnon is a far-right conspiracy that alleges Democrats and other high profile celebrities run a child-trafficking organization as well as plotting to take down President Donald Trump.
The 61-year-old held a Beretta 9mm pistol and the 42-year-old man concealed Beretta .40 caliber handgun. In the car, the men had an AR-15 style rifle with around 160 rounds of ammunition, according to Outlaw.
Inside the convention center, election workers were counting the remaining votes for the state. Early Friday, Former Vice President Joe Biden had passed Trump in Pennsylvania, a state necessary for Trump’s re-election.
*First Published: Nov 6, 2020, 4:44 pm
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