A heavily armed man was busted after traveling at 112 mph on the Main Turnpike and admitted to authorities that he brought a loaded gun into a showing of “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.”
The Bangor Daily News reports that Timothy Courtois, 49, was arrested at around 10 a.m. Sunday, after he was clocked at 112 mph. Other motorists reported the vehicle as well, which was speeding southbound with its hazard lights flashing.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland stated that inside the car police discovered an AK-47 assault rifle, four handguns, and several boxes of ammo.
Police also discovered newspaper clippings about Friday’s mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater during a showing of the same movie Courtois had just seen. The suspect admitted to police that he attended a showing of TDKR on Saturday night, while carrying a loaded gun in his backpack. On Sunday, he claimed to be on his way to Derry, N.H., where he intended to shoot a former employer.
The Global Grind reports that Maine State Police Lt. Kevin Donovan said Monday that:
“He didn’t speak to any intent to harm people [at the theater], but I’m sure a lot of this is going to continue to come out. We don’t know what his true intentions were. When he brought the gun to the theater, and investigators are trying to determine his reasons for doing so and for having a large collection of firearms.”
Newser reports that when cops searched his home in Biddeford, Maine, they found a machine gun, several additional guns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Courtois made his first court appearance on Monday for charges of having a concealed weapon and criminal speeding. His bail is set at $50,000 or $150,000 real estate. His bail also requires provisions that he not use or possess alcohol, drugs, or dangerous weapons. He would also need to submit to random searches and testing under the bail conditions.