Another potential Dark Knight Rises incident was averted in Ohio recently thanks to a police officer on the alert.
A man armed with a bag of weapons sought out the most advantageous spot in the Ohio Regal Cinemas theater NBC News reported on Tuesday. And from that spot, perched at the top of the room in the middle of the row, he could have unleashed untold amounts of violence on an unsuspecting crowd.
Yet 37-year-old Scott A. Smith didn't get the chance to do whatever he planned to do when he entered the Crocker Park, Ohio movie theater on Saturday night.
And that's thanks to the alert police officer who spotted him and decided to investigate the matter further.
As the first and only person in attendance for the 10 p.m. showing at the time of the sighting, police were able to detain and search the Dark Knight Rises movie goer without incident, thankfully, averting any more violence due to fans of the Batman sequel.
And since Smith was carrying a knife on his body and three of them in his beige satchel, which also contained two full magazines and a 9 mm pistol, he could certainly have left carnage comparable to the Colorado Century Cinema shooter James Holmes if he had wanted to.
It is a blessing that the policeman on duty saw to it that he didn't. And hopefully it will put the rest of the security forces in other towns on alert for the Batman movie and its late night showings.