A Redding man accused of sparking a panic by wearing a tactical vest and empty holster at a movie theater saw the case against him dismissed Monday morning in Shasta County Superior Court.
John Brentley Casiday, 31, had faced a charge of carrying a concealed dagger but Judge William Gallagher granted a motion by prosecutors to dismiss the case, according to electronic court records.
“It didn’t appear to me that a violation occurred and the (prosecutor) agreed,” said Ken Kucera, Casiday’s defense attorney.
Casiday, a combat veteran who suffers from post-traumatic-stress disorder, wore the vest and holster to a showing of “The Conjuring 2” at Cinemark Movies 14 June 17. Family said he wore the vest, which isn’t bulletproof, because it calms him.
But his appearance scared several patrons, some of whom feared an attack was taking place and called authorities.
“He’s sitting watching a movie and the lights come on and three barrels are pointed at his head,” Kucera said. “He thought they were terrorists and going to kill him.”
Police did not find any guns on him, bud did find two small knives. They arrested him on suspicion of carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and took him to the Shasta County Jail, where he was held five days until retired judgeJames Ruggiero ordered his release.
Monday’s ruling comes about a month after that release. Gallagher also ordered that Casiday have all his property returned.
He was “super happy, really happy and relieved” after the ruling, Kucera said.
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