Armed man arrested at Crocker Park movie theater did not have concealed carry permit

WESTLAKE, Ohio - A North Ridgeville man arrested Saturday night for bringing weapons to a Westlake movie theater did not have a concealed carry permit, according to Westlake police.

Scott A. Smith, 37, was charged Monday with four counts of carrying various weapons for bringing four knives to Regal Crocker Park Stadium, one count of carrying a concealed weapon with no permit for bringing a Glock and one count of carrying a weapon while having a disability.

Smith was arrested inside a theater where "The Dark Knight Rises" was scheduled to be shown at 10 p.m.

Police said Smith does not have a serious criminal record, but NewsChannel5 investigators found Elyria Municipal Court records showing Smith has been issued 15 traffic citations between 1993 and 2012, including seven citations for speeding and excessive speed.

Police and Smith's attorney, Matthew Bruce, said Smith served for short time in the U.S. military. NewsChannel5 investigators contacted U.S. military spokespersons about Smith's service, but have not received any calls in return.

Smith currently lives in North Ridgeville,. Court records show he also lived in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Smith appears to have financial difficulties. He filed for bankruptcy in 2010, but the case was dismissed. He was also ordered to pay a collection agency $7,994.34 in 2010.

Bruce said Smith is currently self-employed as a general contractor.

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