Ohio Man Brings Bag of Weapons to Dark Knight

Scott Smith was arrested after off-duty cop followed him into theater
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2012 10:46 AM CDT
Ohio Man Brings Bag of Weapons to Dark Knight
This image released by Warner Bros. shows Christian Bale as Batman in "The Dark Knight Rises."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Ron Phillips)

It looks like the wave of Dark Knight-massacre imitators may not have quite reached its end. A 37-year-old Cleveland-area man was arrested Saturday night after attempting to catch an evening showing of the movie—while carrying a bag that just so happened to contain a loaded gun, ammunition clips, and four knives. An off-duty officer who was working as a security guard that evening noticed a manager talking to Scott Smith. The manager didn't search the bag, however, so the officer decided to follow Smith into the theater.

"He entered the theater a half-hour early and was the only one in there," Lt. Ray Arcuri tells the Plain Dealer. The officer "talked to the man and asked if he could see inside his bag. It was a consensual encounter." When asked about the weapons, Smith told the officer, "No problem. I'll put them in my car." Instead, he was taken to jail, where he is being held without bail and has reportedly refused to speak with police. Arcuri says Smith is married, has a young child, and does not have a concealed carry permit. Police searched his house last night and uncovered eight more guns, gas masks, and bulletproof vests. (More The Dark Knight stories.)

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