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Man To Face 'Inducing Panic' Charge After Easton Towne Center Movie Theater Incident

Movie theatres like the AMC at Easton Town Center will be allowed to reopen on June 10.
David Holm
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WOSU

Columbus Police said a man will face a charge of inducing panic after a frantic scene at Easton Towne Center's movie theater over the weekend.

Sgt. James Fuqua said Benjamin Pendleton, 25, walked into one of the mall's movie theater just before 9 p.m. Saturday — just before the end of the movie “Suicide Squad” — and began screaming obscenities.

Police said he then reached into a bag, sending everyone else racing for the exits and leaving some with minor injuries, including one person who leaped over a railing.

Columbus police said Sunday that, contrary to earlier reports, no shots were fired and in fact no weapon of any kind was involved.