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Police report: Man who caused gun scare in Denver theater threatened employees, moviegoers

Posted: 2:33 PM, Nov 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-05 21:33:39Z

DENVER – The man arrested Sunday after causing a gun scare at the Regal Continental Theater in Denver walked past several theater employees and raised his shirt toward several movie-goers, causing them to report to police that the man had a gun, according to a police report.

Durell Bullard, 35, was arrested Sunday evening for investigation on trespassing, interference, petty theft, disturbing the peace, threats to persons and violating a protection order from a previous incident, Denver police said Monday.

According to a probable cause statement for Bullard’s arrest, he walked into the movie theater around 5:15 p.m. Sunday, threatened a theater employee who asked for his ticket, and ignored a manager who told him to produce a ticket or leave.

He then entered one of the theaters, walked to the back row where four people were sitting together and “raised his shirt in a way that the victims thought that [Bullard] had a ‘gun,’” the probable cause statement says. He then threw popcorn and a soda bottle at one of the people and told them to move, according to the probable cause statement.

The four people, believing Bullard had a gun, ran out of the theater and called police. Officers then arrived and found Bullard at the back of the theater. Though he declined to identify himself, officers found a Tennessee ID on his person and were able to formally identify and arrest him.

Court records show Bullard pleaded guilty in June to trespassing and indecent exposure charges and that he has an open assault case set for trial in December. Court records show Bullard is set to be arraigned Tuesday in the latest incident.