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article imageArsenal seized from man who saw 'Dark Knight' with loaded gun

By Brett Wilkins     Jul 23, 2012 in Crime
Biddeford - A Maine man who told police he saw "The Dark Knight Rises" with a loaded gun in his backpack was arrested after being stopped for speeding in excess of 110 miles per hour with an assault weapon, four pistols and several boxes of ammunition in his car.
Timothy Courtois, 49, of Biddeford, also allegedly told police that he was on his way to shoot a former employer when he was stopped on Sunday morning.
According to the Bangor Daily News, Courtois was arrested in York around 10:00 a.m. on Sunday after being pulled over for driving 112 miles per hour (180 km/h) on the Maine Turnpike in York. Upon searching Courtois' Ford Mustang, officers discovered an AK-47 assault rifle, four handguns and a several boxes of ammunition.
They also found newspaper clippings about Saturday's deadly shooting rampage in Aurora, Colorado, in which a graduate student named James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 59 more when he opened fire in a crowded cinema where the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" was premiering.
Courtois allegedly told police that he attended the Saco, Maine premier of "The Dark Knight Rises" with a loaded gun in his backpack. He also claimed to have been on the way to shoot his former boss in Derry, New Hampshire when he was stopped for speeding.
A search of Courtois' home turned up a small arsenal of firearms, among them a machine gun, rifles, handguns and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Courtois has been charged with criminal speeding and possession of a concealed weapon. His bail has been set at $50,000 cash or $150,000 real estate.
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