David Martin Escamillo was at the Regal Movie Theater at 1120 Lincoln Road around midnight Tuesday when he got into an altercation with another moviegoer, left the theater and returned wearing black gloves and screamed "This is it" from the back of the theater, police said. Witness James Butler and Miami Beach Police Sgt. Bobby Hernandez discuss the incident.
Movie night at Lincoln Road's Regal theaters turned into a disaster for David Martin and his friends.
He's the guy Miami Beach Police are accusing of inciting a riot inside.
“It's almost like you're in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and you don't believe its happening but it's happening, it makes me sick to my stomach,” he told NBC 6 South Florida Wednesday.
Police said that Martin was at the movie theater around midnight as Tuesday began when he got into an altercation with another moviegoer, left the theater, and returned wearing black gloves and screamed "This is it" from the back of the theater.
Martin admits to saying the words – but said he was looking for a friend.
“So I sat there and I looked and I finally found him and I said ‘Leon c'mon, please,’ I said ‘this is it,’ I was saying ‘this is it, the movie is over,’” said Martin. (Police identified the 44-year-old as David Martin Escamillo earlier this week, but he said he doesn’t use the latter last name anymore.)
He said he was sure that a lot of people heard him.
Martin said he was in a rush to get out, as he asked a man to stop texting during the movie, and the man followed him into the bathroom and then threatened to get Martin after the movie.
Martin claims that's the man who shouted the real inflammatory words.
“And I was coming back through and that's when I heard 'This guy’s got a gun.' Now I don't know if any of the other witnesses heard that, but I'm telling you that's what I heard,” he said.