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Sheriff: Movie theater employee threatened shooting spree

Posted at 6:40 PM, Apr 30, 2019

A worker at the Cobb Theater at Liberty Center threatened to bring a gun to work and shoot people inside the theater, Sheriff Richard Jones said Tuesday.

Butler County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Justin R. Pickron, 21, of Middletown, on a charge of making terroristic threats.

Pickron was arrested about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 6900 block of Mount Vernon Street in Middletown and taken to the Butler County Jail, according to jail records. He was being held without bond on the felony charge pending arraignment in Butler County Area II Court.

Jones said Pickron's co-workers ran him out of the business after he made the threats to them on Friday.

“You have to take all of those threats seriously,” Jones said. “Sometimes these things happen elsewhere in other states, but we get our share.”

Cobb Theaters released a statement that said, in part:

"Recently we had a now former employee accused of making threatening statements. Our management team was proactive in our response and immediately implemented the many safety and security procedures we have in place and practice daily ... The safety of our guests and crewmembers is always our number one priority."