The 71 year-old former Tampa policeman who has been charged with murdering a man for texting at the movies, menaced another texting moviegoer at the same theater just last month.
Jamira Dixon and her husband said Curtis Reeves, the retired police captain accused of fatally shooting a man inside a theater Monday, screamed at them during a Dec. 28 showing of “The Hobbit.”
It could have been us,” Dixon told Tampa’s ABC Action News.
The ex-cop was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly gunning down Chad Oulson, who was texting his 3-year-old daughter’s day-care center while in the suburban theater outside Tampa.
Dixon admitted that she was also texting during a movie while sitting next to Reeves and his wife just 3 weeks ago. The woman said her phone was muted but Reeves still went running to find an usher to tell her to knock it off.
“When the staff left, he became more irate. He became just upset about the whole situation. He kept staring, kept giving us dirty looks,” she said. He also shouted at another member of the audience for texting during the flick, she said. “I was like ‘Oh my God! What is wrong with this guy?’” she said.
Dixon says Reeves even followed her to the restroom during the middle of the movie. “He followed me to the bathroom. I felt very uncomfortable,” she said.
State prosecutors told Judge Lynn Tepper about the incident during Reeves’ court appearance on Tuesday. “She was at the Cobb movie theater when she was confronted by the defendant for texting,” prosecutor Manny Garcia said about the hulking, 6-foot-1, 275 pound Reeves.
“He was glaring at her the entire time,” Garcia told Judge Tepper.
Reeves remains in custody after being denied bail. The former police captain, who ran the city’s SWAT team is facing life in prison if convicted.
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