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Two men with loaded guns were arrested Thursday near the Philadelphia Convention Center, where a running number of votes could determine the presidential election, police said.

Antonio LaMotta and Joshua Macias Arrested

Antonio LaMotta (61) and Joshua Macias (42) traveled from Virginia Beach, Virginia, in a Hummer and were not allowed to carry weapons in Pennsylvania, police said.

They were arrested after the Virginia FBI notified the Philadelphia police of their plans. Officials stopped the men one block from the vehicle, Philadelphia police commissioner Danielle Outlaw said.

Macias had a .40-caliber Beretta pistol in his jacket, LaMotta had a 9mm Beretta in a holster, and an AR rifle and ammunition were found in the vehicle, Outlaw said. . The authorities first said the rifle had no serial number but then said yes.

A silver Virginia-numbered Hummer was parked Friday where police said they had found the men’s vehicle. It contained an American flag, a right-wing conspiracy theory QAnon window sticker, and a new parking ticket.

A woman with the men was not arrested, said Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.

Macías and LaMotta, both from Chesapeake, Virginia, remained in police custody Friday pending trial on state firearms for having an unlicensed hidden gun and a gun on a public street.

Information on lawyers who could speak on his behalf was not immediately available.

The arrests of Macías and LaMotta have drawn widespread attention amid mounting tensions over the president’s indecisive race, but officials have warned not to read them.

There was no evidence that anyone else was involved or that the men were members of an extremist group, Krasner said. He said there were no reports of election-related violence in the city.

Macias posted a video on Facebook Thursday showing him outside the convention center wearing a t-shirt for “Veterans for Trump,” of which he was a founding member. The Anti-Defamation League’s Anti-Defamation League Center provided a copy of the video to The Associated Press.

“We are fighting for the United States as we know it. We are not going to give up our freedoms, “he said on the video. He also said they wanted to make sure that” legitimate “votes are counted and that some Trump supporters are repeated.

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