Timothy Courtois, 49, is in police custody today after Maine State Police seized an arsenal of weapons inside his car.
According to the Bangor Daily News, Courtois told police he brought a loaded gun to a showing of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises in Saco, Maine on Saturday night.
According to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland, Courtois was arrested in York about 10 a.m. Sunday after State Troopers clocked Courtois’ Ford Mustang traveling at 112 mph on the Maine Turnpike.
Inside the car, police found an AK-47 assault rifle, four handguns and several boxes of ammunition, McCausland said Monday afternoon.
Also in Courtois’ car, police found newspaper clippings about the mass shooting Friday during a showing of the same Batman movie at a Colorado movie theater.
Courtois told police he had attended the Batman movie at the Cinemagic Theater in Saco on Saturday night with a loaded gun in his backpack and that he was on his way Sunday to Derry, N.H., where he planned to shoot a former employer.
According to McCausland:
“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.”
A search of Courtois’ home at 344 Elm St. in Biddeford uncovered more guns, including a machine gun, rifles, handguns and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Courtois made his initial court appearance in Springvale District Court on charges of having a concealed weapon and criminal speeding at 1 p.m. Monday by video from York County Jail, according to a court clerk.
Courtois’ bail is set at $50,000 cash, or $150,000 real estate, and he also must submit to random searches and testing under the bail conditions.
Imagine the carnage Courtois would have unleashed if he had been given the opportunity. Great work by the law enforcement officials in Biddeford.