Several incidents in recent days involving screenings of the new Batman movie underscore the heightened anxiety about security at movie theaters in the wake of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo.
-- On Monday, about 100 moviegoers in Edgewater, N.J., were evacuated from a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" after a patron saw a man opening an emergency exit, police told NJ.com.
The patron who called the police said that about 90 minutes into the show, a man stood up, walked to an emergency exit and spoke to someone outside. He then returned to his seat, but wouldn't come forward when the police arrived at the theater. The showing was canceled as a precaution.
-- A 52-year-old moviegoer in Norwalk, Calif., was arrested Sunday after allegedly shouting about a gun and the recent movie-theater shooting in Colorado, sheriff's officials said Monday.
Clark Tabor allegedly created the disturbance during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," sheriff's officials said.
Several witnesses told police the suspect appeared to hold his cellphone in the air and yelled, "Does anyone have a gun?" and "I should go off like in Colorado."
Tabor was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats and is being held on $50,000 bail plus unrelated warrants, police said.
No weapons were found on the suspect, in the theater or its surrounding area, or in Tabor's residence, police said.
-- Also on Sunday, a fight broke out in a Pittsburgh screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” No weapons were found and no arrests were made, officials said.
-- A 27-year-old man in Arizona was arrested Friday on suspicion of disorderly conduct and threatening and intimidating after witnesses say he appeared drunk and was acting strangely during a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Sierra Vista, according to The Associated Press.
A moviegoer confronted Michael William Borboa, which led to about 50 people fleeing the theater, the AP reported.
-- In Maine, a 49-year-old man claimed he carried a loaded gun in his backpack into a recent showing of the movie, state police said. Timothy Courtois was stopped Sunday morning for speeding when police found several guns in his car – including an AK-47 assault rifle. Courtois reportedly told authorities that he was on his way to shoot a former employer a day after watching the Batman movie.
NBCLosAngeles.com and Reuters contributed to this report.
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