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3 arrested in separate 'Dark Knight' incidents

By Associated Press


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.

A Maine man was arrested when he told authorities that he was on his way to shoot a former employer a day after watching "The Dark Knight Rises," Maine state police said Monday.

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.

Despite some jitters over the horrific shooting, moviegoers around the country still flocked to theaters to see the film, which was the final installment of the phenomenally successful Batman trilogy. Warner Bros. reported that it brought in $160.9 million over the weekend, making it the third highest opening weekend ever, after "The Avengers" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2."

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koolau wrote:
It sure would be interesting to know of incidents involving firearms, how many of them indeed have been registered. Gun laws have always been scrutinized, but the ratio of registered vs. non-registered in such cases, are never reported. The answer to questions of how effective are gun laws have never been documented in raw numbers, at least not to my knowledge. If anyone knows of an unbiased source, hopefully it can be shared in these blogs.
on July 24,2012 | 04:42AM
koolau wrote:
I, for one, would rather be allowed to pack a concealed weapon, rather than have more gun laws implemented. It would at least give me a chance to protect myself and loved ones (and anyone else for that matter) if an idiot like the one in Colorador showed up.
on July 24,2012 | 04:47AM
saveparadise wrote:
I will agree with you on this one koolau. It is not the self defense minded law abiding citizens that should be penalized or criticized in the aftermath of such an unfortunate incident.
on July 24,2012 | 09:16AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
You can have my guns when you can pry them from my cold hands.
on July 24,2012 | 09:37AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Holmes wasn't the first of is kind, he just set the stage for copy-cats to use a batman violence mentality to create chaos amid and after the massacre, a spectacle of the best and worst in people and at a price that never seems to go down, truly sad.....
on July 24,2012 | 10:39AM
tobyclairmont wrote:
Let's see now...the motion picture industry produces a film with very violent (and evil) content and market it to young adults like it's the best thing around. THEN, we wonder why nut cases enter theatres with orange-red hair armed with multiple weapons and kill people. Here's the best part, the public blames guns for the horrible carnige. The problem is not guns, the problem is we are cultivating a CULTURE OF VIOLENCE. We should be boycotting violent films, violent video games and other ill-considered forms of media. You can stop this today!
on July 24,2012 | 02:34PM
stingray65 wrote:
If someone in that movie had a CCL and packing at the same time, that someone could have finished him where he stand.. I know I could stop that person had I have something to stop him. On the other hand, as he planned to be in higher angle so he is above and beyond reach by others. It will take only couple of good brave person to stand up on him.
on July 24,2012 | 04:25PM
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