US state of Florida police have arrested a man who reportedly threated the singer Lana Del Ray to kidnap. The man was carrying a knife before he had been taken into the custody near the Amway Center in Orlando where the 32-year-old singer was due to perform, officials said.
Police said 43-year-old Michael Hunt faces charges of aggravated stalking with a credible threat and attempted to kidnap with a weapon. Michael was reported to have made "cryptic and threatening" posts on social media.
ARRESTED: Michael Hunt, for aggravated stalking & attempted kidnapping w/a weapon.
After receiving a tip we deemed a credible threat, OPD got to him before he could get near singer Lana Del Rey last night at her show at Amway Center. pic.twitter.com/twVrOSxNqF
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) February 3, 2018
The incident happened on Friday evening but it was only Saturday when it was made public. OPD (Orlando Police Department) said that officers received a tip-off on Friday and arrested Michael at Hughey Avenue and Central Boulevard.
Police said in a statement,
When he was taken into custody, Hunt was in possession of tickets to the Lana Del Rey performance and a knife,
It added that at no time had Michael come into contact with the songstress, whose real name is Elizabeth Grant.
Police further added,
On Friday, OPD determined this was a credible threat and worked swiftly to ensure the safety of everyone involved and of everyone who attended the show,
Michael is being held in custody at Orange County Jail.