Residents React to Annapolis Theater Arrest

People sound off on whether a man screaming, cursing and threatening moviegoers at a Bow Tie Cinema in Annapolis will affect their future movie going decisions.

A man sent moviegoers running for the exits at the in Wednesday after he shouted at patrons and pretended to have a gun aimed at them.

The incident occured weeks after James Holmes shot 71 people, killing 12, in a mass shooting at a movie theather in Aurora, CO.

“After the Aurora shooting, I thought about how I might be safer going to this Bow Tie instead of the one at the mall because they're a lot less crowded and have easier access to exit doors,” Douglas Fredrik Holm wrote on Edgewater-Davidsonville's Facebook Page.

Kyle Nolan Tanner, 25, sat down in the front row of a Bow Tie theater and started cursing at the screen and at people, according to Anne Arundel County Police.

Witnesses told police that Tanner left the theater twice, and when he returned for a final time he pointed at people in the audience simulating that he had a gun. 

He was aressted and charged with disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and second-degree assault.

Will this incident affect people's decisions to go to the movies here in Annapolis?

Jessica Stead said on Facebook, "What in the hell. Now u cant even take ur child to a movie because its not safe."

And Ginny Boveington also commented that "If I do go to any theatre, I will be more aware of people and surroundings."


Here's what some other local folks had to say about the incident on Patch and the Facebook pages of Annapolis and Edgewater-Davidsonville.

Rochelle Drucker: "The only thing everyone packing guns will do is cause shoot outs. Just what we need."

Sherrie Choporis: "Never think that something can not happen to you ... watch your surroundings while you are enjoying your life! Looks like movie night at home may become more popular."

Margery Hagemeyer Patten:  "Sherrie, we know that is true only too well. On the other hand, we cannot barricade ourselves in our homes and never go out. If we are going to live our lives, we are going to have to take chances and go about our business normally."

Ella Rice: "He is lucky no off duty officers were there! Ever since the Colorado shooting, my husband doesn't leave the house unarmed. People are getting more and more nuts."

Allison Missy Kimble: "On a very serious note while there have been many news reports about shooting there is also a large population of those in our community who have severe mental health issue."

pro-self preservation August 03, 2012 at 01:21 PM
fear of a gun is why anti2a people argue for more gun control. cause more shootouts? that just shows how ignorant the comenter is. they rather get shot while unarmed and have no chance against a psychotic person becaude they FEAR guns.
D Stover August 03, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Is it a coincidence that these events occur in areas of the country where guns are heavily restricted? I live in Virginia, and we don't have idiots pulling guns in public places. That's because brandishing a gun doesn't give you power over other citizens here. That father of three in the fourth row might just return fire. And the criminals know it. That's why you're less safe in places like Chicago, DC, and New York. More guns = less crime.
Rochelle Drucker August 03, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I have more of a chance of getting shot if others are armed and cause a cross fire and multiple shots.. This is a darkened theater. The more people with guns the more potential of innocents getting hit. The facts are that the man did NOT have a gun. Suppose some patron was packing one and started firing, which fortunately didn't happen. . I chose not to live my life in fear.


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