WESTLAKE — A North Ridgeville man was arrested Saturday night after he took a loaded handgun and four knives into a showing of “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” at Regal Cinema at Crocker Park.
Scott A. Smith, 37, of North Ridgeville will be charged with four counts of carrying weapons for the knives and one count of carrying a concealed weapon for the gun, detective Lt. Ray Arcuri said today.
He will also be charged with having weapons under disability, Arcuri said, explaining that Smith is on prescription medication and is, therefore, considered drug-dependent.
Arcuri said Smith went to the theater for the movie’s 10 p.m. showing, bought a ticket and was going to go in to the theater. At that time, a manager noticed him and thought he was suspicious because he was carrying a small handbag.
Arcuri said the manager did a quick check of the handbag but did not see the weapons.
An off-duty police officer who was working a security job at the theater followed up with Smith, and Smith agreed to have his bag searched, Arcuri said.
The officer found a 9 mm Glock pistol in a zippered pouch in the bag and also found three knives and two loaded magazines for the handgun in the bag. An additional knife was found on Smith. Smith was arrested without incident.
Officers searched Smith’s telephone, vehicle and home, which is 6103 Emerald Drive, according to police. Numerous weapons and ammunition were removed from the home.
On July 20, a gunman opened fire in a theater at a midnight showing of a just-released Batman movie, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in Colorado.
Arcuri said the Westlake theater has employed off-duty officers for security for years, and the officer’s presence was not a reaction to the Colorado incident.
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