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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hype it up and spread the fear:keep them enslaved

3 arrested in separate 'Dark Knight' incidents



At least 3 men accused of making threats during or after watching the new Batman movie have been arrested in separate incidents, underscoring moviegoers' anxieties and heightened security in the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a Colorado theater showing the film.
A Maine man was arrested when he told authorities that he was on his way to shoot a former employer a day after watching "The Dark Knight Rises," Maine state police said Monday.
Timothy Courtois of Biddeford, Maine, had been stopped for speeding, and a police search of his car found an AK-47 assault weapon, four handguns, ammunition and news clippings about the mass shooting that left 12 people dead early Friday, authorities said.
Former graduate student James Holmes, 24, is accused of opening fire in a theater in a Denver suburb. The shooting also injured 58 people.
Courtois said he had attended the Batman movie on Saturday, although police have not confirmed whether he actually saw the film.
"I guess we're taking everything at face value," State Police Lt. Kevin Donovan said. "It's very scary."
Police searched Courtois' home later Sunday and found a machine gun, several other guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
"We don't know what his true intentions were," said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. "Based on the arsenal that was confiscated, we brought in our counterparts from the FBI and ATF to assist with the investigation."
Courtois was charged with speeding and possession of a concealed weapon.
In Southern California, a man at a Sunday afternoon showing of the film was arrested after witnesses said he made threats and alluded to the Aurora shooting when the movie didn't start.
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were called to a cinema complex in Norwalk after moviegoers said 52-year-old Clark Tabor shouted: "I should go off like in Colorado." They said he then asked: "Does anybody have a gun?"
A security guard saw Tabor with a backpack on his knees in the second row, but deputies who searched the bag, the theater and its surrounding area did not find any weapon.
Separately, moviegoers in Sierra Visa, Ariz., panicked when a man who appeared intoxicated was confronted during a showing of the movie. The Cochise County Sheriff's office said it caused "mass hysteria" and about 50 people fled the theater.
Off-duty Border Patrol agents tackled Michael William Borboa, 27, who had a backpack with him, according to The Arizona Daily Star. Authorities said it contained an empty alcohol container and a half-empty moonshine bottle.
Borboa was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, and threatening and intimidating.

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a confrontation with an intoxicated man at a southern Arizona theater caused moviegoers to flee a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" the same day a gunman killed 12 people at a Colorado cinema.
Cochise County sheriff's officials say 27-year-old Michael William Borboa entered a Cinemark theater in Sierra Vista on Friday carrying a backpack. Witnesses say he appeared to be drunk and was acting strangely during a showing of the same movie that was on screen when the Colorado shooting occurred.
Someone confronted the man. According to the sheriff's office, that caused "mass hysteria," and about 50 people fled the theater.
The Arizona Daily Star reports off-duty Border Patrol agents tackled Borboa. Authorities say his backpack contained an empty alcohol container and a half-empty moonshine bottle.
The man was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, and threatening and intimidating.

Tens of thousands receive same death threat via text message


Some may find texts from their friends or loved ones annoying at times, but brief, pointless messages are nothing compared to seeing a death threat pop up on your smartphone screen. That was the reality for tens of thousands of Australians today when an unknown perpetrator sent out a mass text message demanding cash and threatening the lives of the recipients.
Australian authorities believe that tens of thousands of mobile phone users received this text message from a "0000" number: "Sum1 paid me to kill you. get spared, 48hrs to pay $5000. If you inform the police or anybody, death is promised. E-mail me now:" Of course, despite the sender's hopes to avoid police involvement, thousands of calls began to flood local authorities.
The email address in question has been taken down, but it remains unclear if anyone actually fell for the scam. Police believe that the total number of victims may be in the tens of thousands or more, and it's impossible to tell how many recipients are still in fear for their lives. At this time, authorities insist there is no immediate danger and note that this isn't the first time someone has tried such a scam.

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