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Exclusive Video Shows Arrest At Nitro Theater

Reported by: Send eMail Stefano DiPietrantonio
Reported: Jul. 14, 2014 10:54 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 15, 2014 9:04 AM EDT

Nitro Movie Scare
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Nitro , Kanawha County , West Virginia

It was a scary night at the movie theater and only Eyewitness News had the exclusive video inside.

A Charleston man took his nephew to see the new “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” movie Friday night in Nitro. Movie buff Jonathan Carr said this was a first for him. Watching the movie with his nephew Austin and about an hour into the flick the movie suddenly stopped, the lights came up and he heard talk of an armed gunman making threats to other moviegoers just a few aisles away.

The room erupted in applause at the theater not for the premiere of the movie, but for the arrest of Todd Ingram, 52, of Cross Lanes.

"The sidelights came on and then the big lights came on, and I've never seen a movie theater lit up like that," said Carr, who started recording the whole incident with his smart phone, unaware a security guard had called 911, claiming Ingram said he had a gun and threatened to shoot people who were arguing with him.

The movie came to a dead halt.

"Police came in, kind of scanned the crowd and pointed to one guy,” Carr said. “Walked over and we could hear them ask if he had a firearm."

They could not hear Ingram's response, but the next thing they saw was him being led away in handcuffs and an enthusiastic response of applause from the crowd!

"He didn't put up any fight, they handcuffed him and walked him out of the theater," Carr said. "We weren't scared or anything."

Carr said he didn't have any strong reaction until he recalled being in the very same theater watching "Batman, The Dark Knight Rises," back in 2012. That is the same movie where James Holmes is accused of firing into the audience and killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in Colorado.

"After they said firearm, that was the first thing that popped into my head," Carr said.

Carr said he has given thought before about asking people in movie theaters making a commotion to keep quiet, even a family behind him in a theater with an active 2-year-old. But Carr, who also is the parent of a 2-year-old, said he is not a "shoosher."

Meanwhile, the video he captured in the theater captures some crazy moments in the theater when the arrest was made.
His 11-year-old nephew Austin's reaction is priceless in the cell phone video.

"His eyes were as big around as saucers the entire time,” Carr said. “And he was kind of like holy cow!"

Ingram is charged with making terroristic threats. Deputies never did find any gun. He was taken to jail where he is being held on $25,000 bond. Deputies said he has a lengthy criminal history.

As for the movie, Carr said it was just OK But that night together with his nephew? It is something they will both always remember.

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