Man arrested at Comicon with loaded weapons heads to court

Mathew Sterling has an initial arraignment hearing at Maricopa Superior Court Tuesday.

PHOENIX - Mathew Sterling appeared in court Tuesday morning after bringing loaded guns into Comicon with the intent to kill.

Sterling had an arraignment hearing at Maricopa Superior Court at 8:30 a.m where he pleaded not guilty.

According to court documents, Sterling thought he was a real-life version of The Punisher, a famed Marvel Comics vigilante.

He also stated that he would kill "bad police officers" to protect himself or his friends.

PREVIOUSLY: Phoenix Comicon suspect said things would get bloody, according to court papers

Sterling told police he wanted to kill the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers actor Jason David Frank, one of the special guest speakers at this year's Comicon.

When police arrested him, Sterling had three handguns, a shotgun, a combat knife, pepper spray and throwing stars.

A judge set his bail at $1 million.

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