Of course Lana Del Rey's would-be kidnapper is from Riverview

Orlando police arrested him a block away from the Amway Center where Del Rey performed on Friday.

"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 wrote on Twitter yesterday.

Crazy is right.

Yesterday, the Orlando Police Department made public the news that officers arrested someone a block away from the Amway Center where Del Rey, 32, performed on Friday (via Rolling Stone).

Michael Hunt, a 43-year-old from Riverview, Florida is being held without bond. He is charged with aggravated stalking and attempted kidnapping after making threatening posts and videos involving Del Rey on social media.

The Orlando Sentinel wrote that Hunt frequently used his Facebook page to profess his obsession with Del Rey.

"I want to see my queen on Friday and from that day forward our decisions will be as one," he said on the social network. The next day, in a rambling 17-minute Facebook video that also touched on various conspiracy theories, Hunt said of 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 — who the Sentinel says has been incarcerated five times, including charges of burglary, grand theft auto, grand theft with a firearm and forgery — was in possession of a knife when OPD arrested him on Friday.

OPD says Hunt was not able to make contact with Del Rey.

See the full release from OPD below and pour another one out for Florida Man.

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Ray Roa

Read his intro letter and 2021 disclosure. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The Daily Beast. Products...
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