NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Niles Police arrested a man who they say threatened a moviegoer with a BB gun after an argument about talking during a movie, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.
Niles Police charged Vincent Dundorf, 23, of Warren with aggravated menacing.
According to the post, Niles Police received a call from a patron at Regal Cinema who said that an argument inside the theater about talking during a movie led to a confrontation with Dundorf in the parking lot around 1 a.m. During the fight, Dundorf pulled out a gun, which turned out to be a replica Smith and Wesson airsoft gun with the safety features removed, according to the caller.
Police said that the victim followed the suspect while talking to emergency dispatchers and gave a description of Dundorf’s car.
“There’s a guy with a gun outside the Regal movie theater. He got in his car and now he’s driving back across the movie theater,” the caller can be heard saying on a 911 recording obtained by WKBN. “I don’t know who to talk to about this, but I don’t want him shooting anybody. He already pulled it on me and my girlfriend.”
Officers conducted a felony stop on the vehicle and discovered the gun inside, then arrested Dundorf, according to the post. Officers pulled Dundorf’s over and reported finding an airsoft gun with the safety markings removed from it inside.
“It’s a stupid thing to do because first of all he could have pulled it on a police officer that was off duty or somebody that had a concealed carry permit,” Niles Police Chief Ken Criswell said. “You don’t have time to wait and examine a gun when someone pulls it on you, you react and you shoot.”
Back at the movie theater, the corporate owner said they consider the safety of their guests and staff a priority, telling First News they’re cooperating with the local police department regarding the investigation.