Monday 10 December 2018

Man held over knife plot to kidnap singer Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey. Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Lana Del Rey. Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Lucy Mapstone in Florida

Police in the US have arrested a man they considered to be a "credible threat" after he allegedly plotted to kidnap singer Lana Del Rey.

The Orlando Police Department (OPD) in Florida said the man had been in possession of a knife when he was apprehended near the Amway Centre on Friday night, where the singer was performing.

The OPD said it "received a tip about a possible kidnapping threat" to the 32-year-old singer, whose real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant.

The statement said: "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."

Officials said that Hunt is being held at the Orange County jail and faces charges of aggravated stalking with a credible threat and attempted kidnapping with a weapon.

The OPD statement said that, without the tip-off, "authorities might have been unaware" of the threat posed.

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