A Miami Beach man was detained by moviegoers and then arrested early Wednesday morning after a shooting scare caused a panic at a midnight screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

Witnesses told police David Martin Escamillo, 44, was walking up and down the stairway "multiple times" in the back of a theatre as the most recent Batman film began screening at Regal Cinemas on Lincoln Road. After reportedly getting into a verbal altercation with another moviegoer, Escamillo left the theater and returned wearing black gloves, at which point he allegedly screamed, "This is it!"

The ruckus, just days after a horrific mass shooting at a similar midnight screening in Colorado left 12 people dead, caused a panic as nearly all of the 140 people in the theater ran for the exits -- some even leaving their shoes behind. Police responding to multiple calls of shots fired arrived to find Escamillo restrained by three moviegoers.

"I didn't shoot anybody!" he insisted to the officers, who noted that Escamillo appeared irrational and smelled like alcohol.

The three witnesses confirmed there had been no gunshots, but Escamillo was charged with disorderly conduct and affray. His $8,000 bond also includes a previous warrant for battery.

UPDATE: Escamillo spoke with NBC 6 about the incident, saying it was a misunderstanding that stemmed from him trying to find his friend so they could leave the theater.

“So I sat there and I looked and I finally found him and I said ‘Leon c'mon, please,’ I said ‘this is it,’ I was saying ‘this is it, the movie is over,’” he told the station.

Read more of his side of the story at NBC 6.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • People attending a candle-light prayer gathering cry as they pray, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • People hold hands as they pray during a vigil, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • People attending a candle-light prayer gathering sit comfort each other, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Tents put up by the major television networks are illuminated as the sun sets over the Century 16 theatre east of the Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colo., on Friday, July 20, 2012. Authorities report that 12 died and more than three dozen people were shot during an assault at the theatre during a midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight." (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • People attending a candle-light prayer gathering surround a a group of candles and U.S. flags, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Esmeralda Carbajal, second from lower left, lights candles at a growing memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theater, late Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., nearly 24 hours after a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others watching the latest Batman film in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Well-wishers left notes and flowers on the sidewalks surrounding the blocked-off Century 16 movie theater in Aurora.

  • Candles, flowers and a stuffed bear accumulated on the stairs of a graffiti-marked building next to the Century 16 Theater where the shooting occurred early Friday morning.

  • Stuffed animals sat at the base of many trees across the street from the theater where the shooting took place. These "Winnie The Pooh" bears sat at the base of one bathed in candlelight.

  • Candles with pictures of saints stood in pools of wax across the street from the theater where the shooting took place in the early hours of Friday, July 20, 2012.

  • Mother Suyapa Zlaya (second from left) sits across the street from the Century 16 theater with daughters Katheryn (far left), Haley and Blanca. Blanca attended the "Dark Knight Rises" premiere at nearby Harkins Theater the night of the shooting instead of the Century theater they usually attend. Her mother says she feared she might have been in the theater where the shooting occurred when she couldn't reach Blanca immediately by phone. The family says after their experience they wanted to come and show their support.

  • Candles, stuffed animals and pools of wax sit in the blueish glow of media lights nearby in Aurora.

  • Well-wishers and onlookers pass by signs of support at 10:30 p.m. across the street from the Century 16 Theater in Aurora.

  • Friends Greg Duran, 26, Cierra Human, 21, and Arielle Merelli, 21, say they had planned to attend the "Dark Knight Rises" premiere at the Century 16 Theater in Aurora the night of the shooting but Duran had to work earlier and they decided against it.

  • Cars remain in the parking lot of the Century 16 movie theater, late Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., nearly 24 hours after a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others watching the latest Batman film in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)