A Man identified as Michael Hunt, has been arrested for reportedly attempting to kidnap American singer and songwriter Lana Del Ray with a weapon, just before her concert at the Amway Center in Orlando, FLA., on Friday night.
Michael who has been charged with aggravated stalking is presently being held at Orange County jail on no bond. A tweet by Orlando Police on Saturday about the incident read;
“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.”
“On Friday, Feb. 2, Orlando police received a tip about a possible kidnapping threat to singer Lana Del Rey (Elizabeth Woolridge Grant), who was scheduled to perform at the Amway Center that night.”
“The threats were reportedly made by Michael Hunt, 43, of Riverview, Florida. OPD Detectives considered the information a credible threat, and took investigative measures to locate Hunt.”
“OPD Officers came in contact with Hunt at Hughey Avenue and Central Boulevard on Friday evening, one block from the Amway Center. When he was taken into custody, Hunt was in possession of tickets to the Lana Del Rey performance and a knife. At no time was he able to make contact with Ms Grant.”
Hunt has 61 prior convictions relating to drugs and violent behaviour. He served five separate sentences for different offences including forgery, burglary 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 Lana Del Ray 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.”