Irving theater evacuated after employee assault

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by ERIC VALADEZ and MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on August 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 12 at 8:10 PM

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IRVING — Moviegoers were forced to evacuate the StarPlex Cinemas 10 in Irving Sunday afternoon after an employee was assaulted, according to Irving police.

Heavily-armed officers were called to the theater on West Pioneer Drive about 1 p.m. in what was initially reported as a medical call, then as a possible shooting, and then an assault, police spokesman John Argumaniz said.

It turned out that a theater employee was hit in the head with an unknown object during what was believed to be a robbery attempt.

The building was cleared as officers with assault rifles, body armor and shields searched for the suspect on the ground and even on the roof — but that person has yet to be found.

Paramedics transported the employee to the hospital for treatment with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The theater remained closed as police conducted an investigation.

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