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Man Arrested for Making Gun Hand Gestures at Local Movie Theater, Inciting Panic
A man was arrested at a Texas movie theater recently for making a gun gesture with his hand.
The man in question, 54-year-old Darrell Reynolds, allegedly entered a theater showing the movie “World War Z” on Friday night and scared the crowd by pretending he was shooting a gun, according to KBTX.com.
"It was dark and nobody could really tell especially if you were in the back and you just see a guy going 'choo choo choo,’” said Caroline Morales, one of the people in the theater Friday night. “The rumor quickly spread that it was a gun and everyone is rushing to the exit quickly. We couldn't have got out if we wanted to."
Moviegoers reportedly thought Reynolds was carrying a real gun, which caused something of a panic, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Police arrested Reynolds in the movie theater lobby.
"[Reynold’s behavior] will not be tolerated in Bryan," said Kelley McKethan, a Bryan police department representative. "It is an offensive gesture. It alarmed people and we took the appropriate actions.”
Reynolds was charged with disorderly conduct and could pay a fine of up to $350.
Almost a year ago, a man named James Holmes opened fire on a crowd in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., killing 12 people and injuring 70. The incident gained national attention and Holmes' trial is still being closely followed by the media.