By John Bacon, USA TODAY
(USA TODAY) - An Ohio man faces weapons charges after police in Westlake say he walked into a movie theater to see The Dark Night Rises carrying a satchel full of weapons, WKYC-TV reports.
A theater manager and off-duty Westlake police officer, who was working security, stopped Scott Smith shortly after he sat down in his theater seat Saturday night, WKYC says. The officer asked to search his bag, and Smith complied. A loaded 9mm Glock handgun, two additional loaded magazines and two knives were in the bag, WKYC says. A third knife was found under the man's clothes, police said.
Police Lt. Ray Arcuri tells cleveland.com that no one was taking any chances after the July 20 shooting spree that left 12 people dead at a Colorado screening of the movie. He said the officer, Jeremiah Bullins, had followed the man when he walked into the theater a half hour before showtime.
"When Bullins asked why he carried the weapons into the theater, the man said, 'No problem. I'll put them in my car.' But it was too late for that," Arcuri says.
The 37-year-old Smith was taken to the Westlake jail, where he refused to talk to police. He was charged Monday and is being held without bail.
Westlake police executed a search warrant at Smith's North Ridgeville home Monday night. Arcuri says they found about eight rifles and handguns along with "survivalists gear" such as gas masks and bulletproof vests.