Westlake Theater Suspect to be Released


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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The man indicted for bringing a bag of weapons into a Westlake movie theater appeared in court Thursday morning.

Scott A. Smith, 37, of North Ridgeville, has been in jail since August 7, after he was arrested on felony concealed carry and weapons under disability charges.

Thursday, Smith received instructions on his home detention electronic monitoring device in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. A judge granted a motion earlier this month to reduce his bond from $250,000 to $100,000.

Smith is expected to be released to house arrest today after posting 10% of his bond. He is permitted to attend doctor’s appointments as well as work events.

Westlake police said on August 4,  Smith brought a loaded gun, several knives and ammunition to a showing of The Dark Knight at Regal Cinema in Crocker Park.

Smith’s attorney, Matthew Bruce, has repeatedly denied reports of his client being a copy-cat of the tragic shootings in Denver, Colorado.

“What’s going on is a man went into a movie theater to watch a movie, he had a weapon in his bag and now all of a sudden the media’s calling him a copy-cat. I’ve seen reports where they’re just asserting that he was there to shoot everyone,” said Bruce earlier this month. “I think those are completely baseless, unfounded and blown way out of proportion.”

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