The North Ridgeville man facing charges for carrying a bag of weapons into a Westlake movie theater will appear in court this morning for his arraignment.
Police tell Channel 3 News that 37-year-old Scott Smith purchased a ticket to the late night showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" Saturday at the Regal Cinemas at Crocker Park.
An off-duty officer and theater manager searched his bag after he took his seat. They found a loaded 9mm handgun, three knives and a fourth knife under his clothing.
Westlake police tell Channel 3 they later discovered more weapons, a gas mask, tactical gear and ammunition at Smith's home. He did not have a gun permit.
While police say they haven't determined a motive, Smith's attorney claims he brought the weapons for self defense with "no intention to harm".
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