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After alleged 'Dark Knight' threats in theater, man due in court

July 24, 2012 |  8:26 am

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A man who asked for a gun and referenced the Colorado shootings while inside a Norwalk theater during a showing of the "The Dark Knight Rises" is expected to appear in court Tuesday morning.

Clark Tabor is accused of grabbing his cellphone Sunday evening inside an AMC Norwalk 20 and shouting: "Does anyone have a gun?" and "I should go off like in Colorado," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

He was arrested Monday at about 5:45 p.m. on suspicion of making criminal threats and was being held in L.A. County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail and unrelated warrants. He was expected to appear at the Bellflower Courthouse.

The alleged threats came just days after the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 dead and 58 injured.

L.A. County sheriff's deputies arrested Tabor after a theater security guard saw him on his knees near  a backpack in the second row, according to authorities.

"Witnesses said they were afraid the suspect was going to remove a gun from his backpack and shoot them," the sheriff's officials said in the statement.

Sheriff's Lt. Mike Parker said authorities were initially alerted by someone who saw something suspicious inside the theater.

"This is exactly the kind of help law enforcement needs to protect the public," Parker told The Times.


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Photo: A scene from "The Dark Knight Rises." Credit: Warner Bros. / Associated Press