Ill-timed comment about ‘Batman’ shooting gets Waterville man, daughter ousted from Bangor movie theater

Posted July 26, 2012, at 10:20 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Waterville man who made a comment about the recent shootings in Colorado while buying tickets for a Wednesday showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” found himself the subject of a police search.

The Bangor incident came on the heels of the July 20 shooting rampage in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater in which 12 people were killed and nearly 60 others wounded. The suspect in that case, 24-year-old doctoral student James Eagen Holmes, is awaiting arraignment.

The tragedy has spawned three other arrests around the nation, including one in Maine that involved a Biddeford man who reportedly brought a loaded gun to the Batman movie at a Saco theater.

The incident in Bangor happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. at Bangor Mall Cinemas 10, Bangor police Sgt. Garry Higgins said Thursday, citing a police report.

According to the police report, while buying tickets for a showing later that night, the man asked at what point during the movie did the Colorado shootings occur. The man and his daughter then left the theater.

When they returned about 10 p.m., worried theater employees called police, who found the man inside the cinema.

After confirming the man did not have any weapons in his possession, police escorted the man out of the cinema, Higgins said.

The man was not charged in connection with the incident and he did receive a refund for the tickets he purchased.

Higgins said Wednesday that although no one was hurt and the episode did not result in an arrest, theater staff took the appropriate action.

“They’re all on high alert about this right now,” he said. “If they see anything out of the ordinary, they are going to take appropriate action, as they should do.”

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