A man arrested and accused of pandemonium inside a South Florida movie theater is now breaking his silence and telling his side of the story.
Monday night, David Escamillo Martin and two friends went to a late-night showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the Regal Cinemas movie theater on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.
"My plans were to take my next-door neighbor out for a date to the movies, to go eat some popcorn and drink some Coke and watch a movie," said Martin.
According to Martin, he was initially apprehensive about seeing the film, in light of the movie theater massacre during a showing of the same movie in Aurora, Colorado, in late July. "I wasn't interested in going to see 'Dark Knight' after all that stuff," Martin said, "because it really made me sick to my stomach."
Against his better judgment though, Martin relented.
While inside the theater, Martin said he asked a fellow moviegoer to stop texting.
Martin thought the incident was over until, he said, a man who he thinks was the moviegoer's friend threatened him. "My next thought was, I gotta get out of here," he said.
Martin said he put on the gloves he uses when skateboarding and attempted to convince his two friends to leave the theater. "I was like, 'Come on, guys. This is it. Let's go,'" said Martin.
Then, someone in the theater yelled, "He's got a gun!"
Chaos ensued. "One of the guys said, 'This is the guy!' And they ran out and they held him," said Valda Wolchcomee, Martin's friend. "Somebody hit him with a broom."
"I just watched that theater disappear within two seconds. Thank God nobody got hurt," Martin said. "I was in a panic. I was afraid for my life."
Now Martin has a bruise to his abdomen and is facing charges of disorderly conduct and inciting a riot, both misdemeanor charges.
However, Martin said he is no threat. "It turned into a nightmare. Like I said, thank God nobody got hurt in the stampede, because it would have been horrible," he said.
In the police report, Miami Beach Police officers reported the smell of alcohol on Martin's breath, and he admitted that he had been drinking a bit on the night of the incident.