‘Dark Knight Rises’ Weapons Suspect Faces 21 Counts

Moviegoer who brought a Glock and mulitple knives to a "The Dark Knight Rises" showing in Ohio is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and other offenses

Scott Smith, the Ohio man arrested last weekend for carrying multiple weapons into a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," faces 21 counts in relation to the incident, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office told TheWrap.

Smith, 37, who had his initial court appearance Thursday, faces two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and 19 counts of carrying weapons "under disability" — charges that occur in instances when the suspect is drug-dependent or in danger of drug dependency. (Smith was carrying medical supplies in his satchel when he entered the theater.)

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Smith is due in court Tuesday for his initial hearing, the prosecutor's office said.

Police in Westlake, Ohio, arrested Smith on Aug. 4 at around 10 p.m., after it was discovered that he was carrying a 9mm Glock handgun, ammunition clips and multiple knives in his bag while sitting in a theater awaiting a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." 

Smith aroused the suspicion of the manager at the Regal Cinema when he arrived for a Saturday night showing of the latest Batman film with medical supplies in his bag. An off-duty police officer working at the theater also got suspicious and approached the manager.

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The officer pursued Smith into the theater, where he was the only one who had yet to arrive for the showing, and discovered the weaponry in his bag. Smith also had a knife on his person.

Smith claimed that he was carrying the weapons for his own protection, police said.

Smith's arrest occurred a little more than two weeks after a man killed 12 and injured dozens of others during a midnight screening of the movie in Aurora, Colo., on July 20. James Holmes, 24, has been arrested and charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder in relation to the massacre.