Maine man stopped for speeding tells police he was en route to kill boss

Maine State Police

Police say they found this AK-47 assault weapon, a machine gun, four handguns, a few additional guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition in the home and car of  Timothy Courtois of Biddeford.

CONCORD, N.H. — A man who was stopped for speeding on the Maine Turnpike had numerous weapons in his car and told authorities he had attended "The Dark Knight Rises" movie with a loaded gun in his backpack, Maine state police said Monday.

Maine State Police

Timothy Courtois

Timothy Courtois of Biddeford, Maine, was arrested after other drivers reported seeing a Mustang speeding with its lights flashing around 10 a.m. Sunday. A state trooper clocked the car at 112 mph.

Courtois told authorities he was on his way to Derry, N.H., to shoot a former employer. He also said he had attended the Batman movie at the Cinemagic Theater in Saco the previous night. A search of his car turned up an AK-47 assault weapon, four handguns, ammunition and clippings about the mass shooting in Colorado that left 12 people dead at a Friday midnight screening of the same movie, authorities said.

"We don't know what his true intentions were," said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. "Based on the arsenal that was confiscated, we brought in our counterparts from the FBI and ATF to assist with the investigation."

Later Sunday, police searched Courtois' home and found a machine gun, several other guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Authorities were still trying Monday to confirm whether Courtois actually attended the movie, but state Police Lt. Kevin Donovan said Courtois appeared to be telling the truth when interviewed by investigators. A spokesman for the movie theater chain did not immediately return a call Monday.

"I guess we're taking everything at face value," Donovan said. "It's very scary."

In New Hampshire, Courtois' former boss said he heard from the FBI on Sunday night and was told that Courtois had named him as his intended target. The man, who asked not to be identified because of the ongoing investigation, said Courtois worked as an insurance agent in his firm from 1995 to 2000.

"I hadn't heard from him in 10 years so I was rather surprised. Only after the fact did I realize that if it were not for police stopping him, I could've wound up a dead person," he said.

The man said Courtois was a good employee who left his job voluntarily. He was offered a share of the business but didn't like the payment amount offered to him when he left, the man said.

Courtois was charged with speeding and possession of a concealed weapon. He made an initial appearance in Springvale District Court on Monday afternoon and was ordered held on bail, Donovan said. The officer did not know the amount.

Both the York County district attorney's office and the U.S. attorney's office are reviewing the case.

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Steve  Dosh's picture

Maine man stopped for speeding tells police he was en route to k

all 20:20 est ?
This is nutty and we - DO - support the right to arm bears ?
Was the boss at the Portsmouth naval repair yard per chance ?
Kittery ¿ Set a fire next time Tim . It's cheaper and more effective
Poor Bambi • Remember Columbine y'all . /s Steve


2nd Amendment Rights

As far as I'm concerned these rights go out the window as soon as they cost their neighbor's their lives. If you check out the Patriot Act, for example, we all lost a ton of rights and freedoms .including constitutional ones, because we needed to stop terrorist attacks. I think shooting up a movie theater is probably as bad as a terrorist attack. So I have no qualms at all about the government abridging 2nd amendment rights. That being said, I generally don't support gun laws. It pretty much amounts to putting a band-aid on an amputation. They just don't do the job. If I had to choose between banning assault weapons or requiring everybody to have health insurance which provides coverage for mental health illnesses and treatment for addiction, I would choose the later. As the NRA is fond of saying it's not the gun that kills but the man. Getting at the cause of his rage would probably be more effective. What I wish is that the gun lobby would be more proactive about preventing future attacks. If a man has a vicious dog, he is responsible for making that dog safe or the community will make him safe. These crazed shooters have access to weapons because of the 2nd amendment protections afforded to gun enthusiasts. It's their dog and they should find a way to make the rest of us safe if they don't want us to do it.

Mark Elliott's picture

You are comparing the 2nd

You are comparing the 2nd amendment to owning a dog?? If I own a dog, I personally am responsible for the safety of others concerning my dog. If I own a gun, I also am personally responsible for safety, not the NRA. I may OWN the dog, but the NRA doesn't OWN the second amendment......we the people do.


A tragedy

What happened in Colorado, and nearly happened here, evidently , was a tragedy. To make use of this to score political points and to foment gun paranoia to sell more guns is just plain despicable. It's a tragedy not an opportunity. That being said, those folks who keep saying this is not the time to talk about gun control know full well there is no right time to talk about gun control in this country in their estimation. So those of us who would prefer to not see this kind of tragedy recurring on a regular basis are pretty much left with no recourse. Again, we will spout a lot of hot air and do nothing. Or, theaters will start to have the same security as airports. That pretty much amounts to punishing the law abiding citizen, who just wants to watch a show, to protect the rights of nut jobs who like to shoot up public places. I know it is a popular notion nowadays that a manly man should be able to do whatever he wants and not be told what to do by government but personally I think a man who would blow off the head of a little six year old girl with an assault weapon is the epitome of cowardice. In fact, I'm surprised his manhood didn't fall off.

Mark Elliott's picture

Unfortunately Clair, many of

Unfortunately Clair, many of our politicians on the left are indeed turning this into propaganda to strengthen their "strip Americans of their rights" campaign............the pro-2nd amendment groups are trying to stop them from doing so. Unfortunately they are trying to use the court of public opinion to strengthen their agenda...therefore, we must appear before the same court in order to discount their arguments.

Mark Elliott's picture

Our local liberals are going

Our local liberals are going to use this as ammo to ban guns now....Eg: Chellie Pingree.....

Steve  Dosh's picture

Mark , 20:30 est ? Tuesday

Mark , 20:30 est ? Tuesday
i am a liberal . Do you remeber who Jim Brady was ? You should
One think we'll never do is use Obamacare as an excuse against contaception like you guys ( men ) do
We will always support a woman's right to choose and the L G B T movement in your fair state
Get with it ? Circle the wagons . The British , the Indians , the Canadians and the Mexicans are coming . Lock and load .. Just because you remaine paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get you
/s , Dr. Dosh , Hawai'i • Go Team USA London 2 0 1 2

Mark Elliott's picture

I know who Jim Brady

I know who Jim Brady is.....he's that guy who got snuck up on by a handgun and took a bullet for Reagan and we got the background checks as a result......I know Hinkley was punished, was that handgun ever punished for that crime??...and what does this have to do with Chellie Pingree's attempt to destroy our second amendment rights? What does anything in your post have to do with it??

Those that understand the 2nd amendment understand that it wasn't written to protect the hunter or was written to allow us to protect ourselves against an overreaching government that could inevitably turn into a dictatorship. It was written to protect ourselves from those that want to take it away!

With a disarmed citizenry, the only ones with guns will be the police, the government, the military and the criminals who can do what they wish with the population. Ask the citizens of the former Soviet Union, the citizens of China, the citizens of the Cambodians under Pol-Pot, the Kosovars under the Serbs if being disarmed saved them from tyranny.

People say, "It can't happen in this day and age." "We don't need guns." "Our government would never resort to tyranny against the people." I submit it can happen in this day and age. How do you think Hitler, Stalin, Pol-Pot, Mao and other dictators took control of their countries? They were leaders without character and without morals who disarmed the citizenry guaranteeing practically no opposition. The rest is history.

Andrew Jones's picture

I don't see any machine guns

I don't see any machine guns

Steve  Dosh's picture

AJ , 20:40 Tuesday est •

AJ , 20:40 Tuesday est •
The pen is mightier than the sword. . .but no match for an Uzi
You can quote me on that ? 
/s, your friend , Stevs
b t w - if us anarchists took over , wouldn't we have to disolve our own government , by definition ¿ :D


This is getting pretty scary! Every person with a grandiose persona is going to believe that this is the way to become famous. The media needs to tone down how much they air these violent crimes.

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Thank goodness no one got

Thank goodness no one got killed by this man. Please, no more publicity for him; just give him a speedy trial, and put him away for the sake of public safety.


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