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Aug 7, 2012 7:16 PM by Matt Stafford

Police: Ohio movie-goer arrested with weapons had them for protection

WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) - Ohio police say a man brought a gun, ammunition and several knives to a showing of the latest Batman movie so he could protect himself, not because he had sinister intentions.

Westlake Police Sgt. Mark Krumheuer said 37-year-old Scott A. Smith, of North Ridgeville, brought the weapons to a Saturday showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" for "his protection," but he would not elaborate.

Last month, a gunman killed 12 people at a showing of the same movie in Aurora, Colo.

Police say a theater manager and an off-duty police officer working security stopped Smith and found the weapons inside a bag they thought looked suspicious. Smith was arrested and remains jailed.

Krumheuer says Smith will be arraigned this week on weapons charges. A message was left for Smith's attorney.

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