At least 3 men accused of making threats during or after watching the new Batman movie have been arrested in separate incidents, underscoring moviegoers’ anxieties and heightened security in the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a Colorado theater showing the film.
Timothy Courtois of Biddeford, Maine, had been stopped for speeding, and a police search of his car found an AK-47 assault weapon, four handguns, ammunition and news clippings about the mass shooting that left 12 people dead early Friday, authorities said.
Former graduate student James Holmes, 24, is accused of opening fire in a theater in a Denver suburb. The shooting also injured 58 people.
Courtois said he had attended the Batman movie on Saturday, although police have not confirmed whether he actually saw the film.
“I guess we’re taking everything at face value,” State Police Lt. Kevin Donovan said. “It’s very scary.”
Police searched Courtois’ home later Sunday and found a machine gun, several other guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
“We don’t know what his true intentions were,” said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. “Based on the arsenal that was confiscated, we brought in our counterparts from the FBI and ATF to assist with the investigation.”
Courtois was charged with speeding and possession of a concealed weapon.
In Southern California, a man at a Sunday afternoon showing of the film was arrested after witnesses said he made threats and alluded to the Aurora shooting when the movie didn’t start.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were called to a cinema complex in Norwalk after moviegoers said 52-year-old Clark Tabor shouted: “I should go off like in Colorado.” They said he then asked: “Does anybody have a gun?”
A security guard saw Tabor with a backpack on his knees in the second row, but deputies who searched the bag, the theater and its surrounding area did not find any weapon.
Separately, moviegoers in Sierra Visa, Ariz., panicked when a man who appeared intoxicated was confronted during a showing of the movie. The Cochise County Sheriff’s office said it caused “mass hysteria” and about 50 people fled the theater.
Off-duty Border Patrol agents tackled Michael William Borboa, 27, who had a backpack with him, according to The Arizona Daily Star. Authorities said it contained an empty alcohol container and a half-empty moonshine bottle.
Borboa was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, and threatening and intimidating.
This photograph above released by the Maine State Police shows weapons gathered from the property and automobile of Timothy Courtois, of Biddeford, Maine, who was arrested Sunday, July 22, 2012 on charges of having …more a concealed weapon and speeding on the MaineTurnpike. Identified in his auto were an assault weapon, four handguns and numerous boxes of ammunition. A search of his home revealed several added weapons, which includes a machine gun, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Courtois told authorities he was on his way to Derry, N.H., to shoot a former employer. He also said he had attended the Batman film the preceding evening.
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Maine Man Brings Gun To Dark Knight Rises We knew these copycats would continue smh. BIDDEFORD, Maine – Maine State Police seized an arsenal of weapons from a Biddeford man who told police he brought a loaded gun to a showing of “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” in Saco on Saturday night, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen…
Font Page 1 of 1 CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A man who was stopped for speeding on the Maine Turnpike had numerous weapons in his car and told authorities he had attended “The Dark Knight Rises” movie with a loaded gun in his backpack, Maine state police said Monday. Timothy Courtois of Biddeford, Maine, was arrested after other drivers reported seeing…