A man was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats Friday night after he was disruptive at a Nitro movie theater and then threatened to shoot a person who asked him to quiet down, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.
A security guard at the Great Escape Theater at Nitro Marketplace called 911 just before 9 p.m. Friday and said there was a man in one of the theaters threatening to shoot people, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Cpl. Brian Humphreys, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said that a witness he spoke with today said the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, was on his mind during the incident.
Witnesses told law enforcement that Tod Austin Ingram, 52, of Cross Lanes, was talking loudly, being disruptive and arguing with people during the movie, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and upon being confronted he said he had a gun and threatened to shoot a witness, the Sheriff’s Office said. No guns were found when Ingram was searched by law enforcement.
After Ingram was arrested, customers broke into applause, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Ingram was arrested and is being held in South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bail. He has previous convictions for driving under the influence and domestic violence, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking any witnesses who left the theater before law enforcement arrived to contact them today to tell them what happened. Witnesses should call 304-357-0169.