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UPDATE: Man 'Avenges' Movie Disappointment

A Bel Air man allegedly pulled the fire alarm at Regal Cinemas Bel Air Theater located at 409 Constant Friendship Boulevard in Abingdon.

(UPDATE 2:36 p.m. Wednesday)—A 34-year-old Bel Air man was charged Tuesday after he allegedly pulled the fire alarm at Regal Cinemas in , fire marshals said.

When the man, later identified as David Walters, learned that the showing of he paid to see was a "closed caption" showing, he expressed displeasure to management at Regal, according to deputy state fire marshals.

Walters allegedly "became disruptive and argued with the theater manager," according to a release from the state fire marshal's office.

Management offered Walters a refund or tickets for a future showing, but he refused and returned to his seat, according to fire officials.

Once the movie came to a close, Walters "became belligerent and argumentative with management once again," fire officials said.

He then allegedly pulled the fire alarm in the lobby and left, according to the news release.

The fire alarm caused all movies to temporarily shut down and activated emergency lighting, according to deputy state fire marshal Oliver Alkire in an email. Managers told movie-goers it was a false alarm and didn't evacuate the building.

Several patrons were issued refunds due to the disturbance, Alkire wrote.

David Keith Walters, 34, of the 100 block of Royal Oaks Drive in Bel Air, was charged by criminal summons Tuesday with causing a false fire alarm.

Under Maryland law, intentionally pulling and causing a false fire alarm is a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to 5 years in jail and/or up to $5,000 in fines.

Ashley May 15, 2012 at 09:09 PM
How childish. I wouldn't been surprised to see behavior like this from a teenager, but a grown man? He should be ashamed of himself.
Joel May 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM
There are reasons why the penalties are so high for this sort of "prank" - people can easily be trampled to death in the ensuing panic of a fire alarm. The book should be thrown at this guy - the full 5 years and $5000.
G D May 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM
The actions of a typical jacka$$. If you didn't like the closed caption, why not take the refund and leave.......Goon!
Leonard May 16, 2012 at 02:16 PM
OMG un-Freakin'-Believable!!!! I agree with all of the above here!!! All he had to do was ignore the writing.
PcTech May 16, 2012 at 05:24 PM
This sounds like a case of attempted extortion due to the ticketing being incorrect. The overly dramatic reaction and the illegal action, are typical of this kind of extortion attempt. The patron deserves only a reasonable solution, which was offered. In retail, this type of act is attempted very frequently. It's often the cause of "escalation" to supervisors when the person with the alleged grievance is attempting to obtain undeserved remuneration. Sounds like a penalty and psychological examination should be in order here.
Hazzard Native May 16, 2012 at 09:53 PM
The guy is no stranger to the law, look at his case history. There are tons of assault charges sprinkled in with some drug charges, burglary charges, multiple peace orders, driving on revoked, etc, etc. While he has done a little time here and there, most of his charges have been dropped or put on the stet docket over the years. Hopefully he gets some real time, but I doubt it. He also has open access to his pictures on a certain social media site, you can see that he takes nice vacations, so I guess there's plenty of money for a good attorney. Without knowing the guy, but looking at this limited information, I'd say he has untreated Borderline Personality Disorder. Dude, if you read this, go get some freakin' help!
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