Michael Hunt, 43, was recently arrested by Orlando Police after they stopped his attempt to kidnap Lana Del Rey at her Amway Center concert in Orlando on February 2.
Orlando Police received a credible tip-off from a caller who said Hunt had shared “cryptic and threatening” posts on social media, between Jan 29 and Feb 2, about Lana.
A Facebook page, belonging to Hunt, had several worrying posts, including “I want to see my queen on Friday and from that day forward our decisions will be as one.” He added, “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 spokesman for Orlando Police said, “When he was taken into custody, Hunt was in possession of tickets to the Lana Del Rey performance and a knife.”
The police were able to arrest Hunt before he got near the venue. “At no time was he able to make contact with Ms. Grant.”
As well as the safety of Lana, there was also concern regarding the safety of the general public. Hunt already has 61 felony convictions that range from drugs to violent crimes, and he has served five prison sentences.
The police shared a statement:
OPD Media release on arrest of Michael Hunt, 43, who stalked, made threats against singer Lana Del Rey.
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
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) February 4, 2018
With the news of Michael Hunt’s arrest, we are shocked and unsettled to learn of his intentions. We are extremely grateful that Lana Del Rey is safe, and we are thankful to the caller that tipped off Orlando Police. We would also like to thank the OPD themselves for intercepting the plot to kidnap Del Rey with exceptional speed and care, resulting in the safety of Del Rey and the general public.
Hunt was unfortunately no stranger to us, having left thousands of messages and comments on our Facebook page. Following our normal procedure when we get hate, spam and weird messages, we blocked Hunt on January 31st, 2018.
We urge fans to take extra caution online and report any suspicious behaviour to the correct authorities.
– The management of LanaDelReyFan.com
UPDATE: Lana recently tweeted saying that she is “doing fine” after these recent events.
I’m doing fine thanks for the messages. And tomorrow we’ll be in Hotlanta can’t wait to see everyone. Yachty that means u. pic.twitter.com/hwrRYyrA3E
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) February 4, 2018