28-year-old Matthew Sterling who was arrested at the Phoenix Comicon last month while carrying four a loaded gun, a knife and ammunition pled not guilty to multiple criminal charges brought against him.
These charges include attempted murder, aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, misconduct with body armor and carrying a weapon into a prohibited place. Sterling entered his plea earlier today when he went before Judge at the Maricopa County Superior Court.
The Phoenix Comicon dramatically increased its security measures following the incident. They increased law enforcement presence and made the controversial decision to ban all prop weapons from cosplayers.
Sterling reportedly believed he was the Marvel comic book character Punisher and threatened to kill many police officers along with former Power Ranger Jason David Frank in incoherent social media rants. People who viewed these postings online contacted police and as a result, they were able to arrest Sterling before he could carry out his plans.
As a result of this incident and the fact many announced guests had canceled before the event, many consider this year’s Phoenix Comicon a disappointment since so many people chose to skip it.