Police: Man allegedly attended Batman film with weapon
SACO, Maine (WHDH) -- Maine state police say they have arrested a man with an arsenal of weapons just hours after he had watched the new Batman movie allegedly with a loaded gun.
Police say they arrested 49-year-old Tim Courtois of Biddeford, Maine after troopers stopped him for speeding on the Maine Turnpike Sunday morning.
Police clocked his car 112 miles per hour on the Maine Turnpike. State police say Courtois told authorities he was on his way to Derry, N.H., to shoot a former employer.
A search of his car turned up an AK-47 assault weapon, handguns, ammunition and clippings about Friday's mass shooting in Colorado at a midnight screening of the Batman movie.
“I’m glad that he didn’t decide to grab one. He was fully cooperative and compliant the whole time, thankfully. If not, this could have been a lot different,” said Trooper Phillip Alexander, Maine State Police. “I asked him if there were any guns in the car, he told me that there was. I couldn’t see any in plain sight. He then went on to tell me his black Mustang was going to be his concept car, that he could outrun mine if he had to.”
Investigators say the man admitted he had watched “The Dark Knight Rises” Saturday night with a loaded gun in his backpack but there was no incident at the Cinemagic Theater in Saco.
“It’s crazy, ‘cause this is a family-oriented place,” said Cheryl MacDonald, a moviegoer.
A search of his home netted police more weapons including a machine gun and 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
Courtois entered a not guilty plea to charges of speeding and carrying a concealed weapon. Authorities are reviewing additional charges. He is being held on $50,000 cash bail.