Man Arrested Over Lana Del Rey Kidnap Plot
A man has been arrested in the US after it was discovered that he had planned to kidnap singer Lana Del Rey.
43-year-old Michael Hunt was arrested on Saturday night in Orlando, a block away from where Del Rey was scheduled to perform.
At the time of his arrest, police found that he was in possession of tickets to the concert and had a knife.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Hunt frequently used his Facebook page to profess his obsession with the 32-year-old singer.
ICYMI: Orlando Police arrested Michael Hunt for aggravated stalking & attempted kidnapping w/a weapon after receiving a tip we deemed a credible threat.— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) February 5, 2018
OPD got to him before he could get near singer Lana Del Rey at her 2/2 show in Orlando. pic.twitter.com/utZYj77JbW
Officers had received a tip-off from a caller who said Hunt had shared "cryptic and threatening" social media posts about Del Rey, whose real name is Elizabeth Grant, the newspaper reported.
An Orlando Police spokesman said: "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 (Del Rey)."
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
Del Rey thanked fans who attended her Orlando gig for "keeping the energy high".