Source: Lana Del Rey/Instagram
POLICE IN ORLANDO arrested a 43-year-old man near a venue in Orlando where singer Lana Del Rey was set to perform on Friday, the 2nd of February.
The man, Michael Hunt, faces charges of aggravated stalking with a credible threat and attempted kidnapping with a weapon. Orlando police shared a photo of the man on Twitter, and said they had received tips about comments the man had been writing on Facebook.
Hunt has 61 prior convictions relating to drugs and violent behaviour. He served five separate sentences for different offences including forgery, burglarly and fleeing and eluding.
Before he left for the concert, Hunt posted on Facebook:
Well folks I can barely touch the electronics anymore, it’s probably my last day on Facebook. I hope to see y’all on the walk about in your life be good and I’ll see you on the other side.
In the days before Hunt posted that status, he had been sharing photographs of the singer with captions like “I love you so much, I’ve missed you for so long” as well as writing “I’m giving up everything to follow my dream.”
In a 17-minute-long video on Facebook, Hunt said “I’m going to probably finish out her tour with her, obviously, and dance and talk and figure out what we’re going to do.”
A statement from Orlando Police Dept. read:
Threats were reportedly made by Michael Hunt. OPD Detectives considered the information a credible threat, and took investigative measures to locate Hunt. OPD officers came into contact with Hunt at Hughey Avenue, one block away from the Amyway Centre. When he was taken into custody, Hunt was in possession of tickets to the Lana Del Rey performance and a knife.
Lana Del Rey commented on the situation on Twitter last night, writing “Hey kiddos. I’m doing fine. Thanks for the messages.”