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Movie theater evacuated after man talks about shooting people

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By Chris Sheppard


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A Central Falls man is facing a charge of disorderly conduct after Police arrested him for using threatening language in an East Providence movie theater.

Police say they were called to the East Providence 10 Theater around 6 p.m. Wednesday night, after a distressed moviegoer told them that a man standing in line ahead of him was talking to himself about shooting people and buying weapons.

According to police, Carl Butler, 41, of Central Falls, had just finished watching a movie and was standing in line to purchase tickets for another movie. Three people standing in line overheard him muttering to himself that he wanted to shoot people at a motel he was planning on staying at.

Butler was inside one of the theaters when police arrived. Police say about a half-dozen officers arrived and evacuated the building.

Police quickly located Butler and took him into custody. Butler was searched, and police found no weapons on him, according to police. Butler allegedly told police that he thought nobody heard him and that saying such things "wasn't a big deal".

Police say theater patrons weren't panicking when they arrived, but some moviegoers were visibly agitated by what Butler said.

Butler was charged with disorderly conduct. Police say he was arraigned at the East Providence Police Station Thursday morning.

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