Florida police have thwarted an alleged kidnapping plot on singer Lana Del Rey while she was performing.
Authorities revealed they have arrested 43-year-old Michael Shawn Hunt of Riverview, Florida for attempted kidnapping with a weapon and aggravated stalking with a credible threat. He was found a few hundred feet away from the Del Rey, 32, whose real name is Elizabeth Grant, at the Amway Center with a three inch folding knife on February 2.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, police reports say they received a tip from an anonymous source that said Hunt posted “cryptic and threatening” posts on social media towards the “Summertime Sadness” singer.
OPD Media release on arrest of Michael Hunt, 43, who stalked, made threats against singer Lana Del Rey.— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) February 4, 2018
Working off a tip,OPD Officers were able to stop Hunt, who was armed with a knife, before he could get to the Amway Center. pic.twitter.com/mOsfGEwJIO
“We rely on the community to call in anything suspicious. If it weren’t for that tip, authorities might have been unaware of the threat posed,” Orlando police said in a statement posted on Twitter.
While the exact details of the wording of the threats haven’t been revealed, a Facebook page believed to belong to Hunt had several posts, in which he professed his love to Del Rey and his desire to be with her soon.
“I want to see my queen on Friday and from that day forward our decisions will be as one,” Hunt wrote on January 30.
In another post, Hunt said Del Rey “knows my face in her dreams” and “she’s my always and forever to be,” alongside a picture of the Grammy-nominated artist.
One of his Facebook friends even commented: “Wow, I’m so happy for you Michael Hunt. I hope she makes you happy when you finally stalk her down and get your hands on her!”
The following day, Hunt posted an incoherent video on social media, where he spoke about uniting with Del Rey.
“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,” Hunt said. “I’m letting my feet rest before I take off with Lana.”
In the clip, Hunt’s jumping between several topics, and calls out several public figures, including Hilary Clinton and Vladimir Putin, while insisting marijuana was the only narcotic he’s on.
“Everyone knows that I’m here,” Hunt added. “Lana knows I’m here. The queen of England knows I’m here. Vladimir knows I’m here. They all know I’m here.”
Luckily, authorities were able to apprehend Hunt before he was able to cause harm. The following day, Rel Rey made no mention of the incident when she posted her gratitude of the evening on Twitter.
Orlando! Fort Lauderdale! Miami! Thank you so much for coming out and making those shows totally crazy and keeping the energy high— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) February 3, 2018
We’re all feeling super lucky after a couple of days of amazing shows💕
Atlanta, Georgia at the Phillips Arena is our next stop
Hunt, who has previously served five prison terms, is currently held at the Orange County jail.
We’re thankful neither Del Rey nor anyone else was harmed this weekend in Orlando.