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AMC conducting review after 4 girls randomly stabbed inside Massachusetts movie theater

Man accused of stabbing girls at Braintree movie theater to appear in court
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BRAINTREE – Movie theater chain AMC said it is conducting a "thorough review" after four girls were stabbed during an apparently random attack inside a Braintree theater.

Jared Ravizza, 26, is charged with the Saturday night attack at AMC Braintree 10. Police said Ravizza entered without paying and stabbed four young girls who were at the theater for a screening of "IF."

Ravizza also allegedly stabbed two people at a McDonald's in Plymouth about an hour later. He was arrested following a crash in Sandwich.

Mother says AMC employees did not react initially

Lisa Dembowski, the mother of three of the AMC stabbing victims, said employees initially did not take action after the girls reported the stabbing.

"They said they all went out, they told the people at AMC, the AMC didn't believe them, didn't do anything, actually, and they had to call the police themselves," Dembowski said.

AMC conducting "thorough review"

In a statement to WBZ-TV, AMC said it is reaching out to the involved families privately.

"At all of our locations, AMC has multiple security features and procedures in place, the specifics of which we do not disclose or discuss publicly," a spokesperson said. "We have already begun to conduct a thorough review of this incident. Based on theatre associate accounts and video footage, the theatre team jumped into action immediately, calling emergency services and administering aid to the victims."

According to AMC, there will be a visible security presence at the Braintree location "for the immediate future."

Connecticut investigation

Sources tell the WBZ I-Team Ravizza is also wanted in connection with a murder investigation in Deep River, Connecticut. A body was found there after a report of a disturbance Saturday afternoon.

Neighbors say there were two men living in the home and two dogs. They believe the dogs are also dead. "It is really sad. It's surreal. I mean, it's a human life," a Connecticut neighbor said.

Ravizza held without bail

Jared Ravizza has been released from South Shore Hospital and is being held without bail. He is due in court on Tuesday. 

Dembowski is hoping for justice. "I hope he gets what he deserves," Dembowski said.  

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