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Scott Smith Arrested With Weapons Just Before 'The Dark Knight Rises' Screening: Cops

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Scott Smith, 37, was arrested Saturday night after allegedly bringing guns, ammo and knives into a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," Ohio police say.

Smith reportedly arrived in the Regal Westlake theater about an hour early for a 10 p.m. movie, and sat down in the back row, according to Fox-5.

A movie theater manager was suspicious of Smith's bag when he entered the theater, CBS-10 reports.

The Regal employee and an off-duty police officer serving as a security guard then searched the bag, where they found a loaded 9mm handgun, with two additional ammunition magazines and three knives, according to Fox-8.

The officer, identified by Gawker as Jeremiah Bullins, then frisked Smith and found a fourth knife.

Police later searched Smith man's home where other weapons were found, including seven rifles, five or six handguns, lots of ammo, gas masks and bulletproof vests, ABC-5 reported.

Smith, who served in the military for a brief period, did not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, according to ABC-5 and TMZ.

Smith was charged with four counts of carrying various weapons, one count of carrying a concealed weapon with no permit, and one count of carrying a weapon while having a disability, according to ABC-5.

It was not immediately clear what Smith's disability is, and police do not yet know of a motive for his alleged crime.

The scare comes on the heels of other recent and horrifying criminal acts at "The Dark Knight Rises" screenings.

On July 20, James Holmes allegedly fatally shot 12 people and injured 58 others in a midnight premiere of the movie in Aurora, Colorado.

On July 22, Timothy Courtois was arrested in Maine when cops allegedly found several weapons and news clippings of the Aurora shooting in his car after he had seen the flick.

On the same day, Clark Tabor allegedly shouted threats in a southern California theater screening of the film, including, "I should go off like in Colorado."

Theater officials breathed a sigh of relief that they were able to pre-empt more violence in Ohio.

"That was luck. Or divine intervention," Regal Cinemas spokesman Russ Nunley told WUSA-9.

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