Riverview man arrested for making social media threats to singer Lana Del Rey

Man arrested for threats towards Lena Del Ray
Posted at 7:48 PM, Feb 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-05 17:31:26-05

ORLANDO, Fla. — Police arrested a Riverview man for making threats towards singer Lana Del Rey.

Officers received a tip about a possible kidnapping threat to Del Rey, who was scheduled to perform at the Amway Center in Orlando on Friday.

Authorities believe 43-year-old Michael Hunt made threats on social media to Del Rey that they believed to be credible. Some of them were read in court.

"He talked about our queen forever in both worlds. I love you so much Lana. I can't wait to be back in your arms in a few days baby," the state read.

Hunt argued he never indicated he was going to harm anyone.

"All I heard was love, love, love and queen, queen, queen," Hunt said.

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Police found Hunt Friday evening a block away from the Amway Center. When Hunt was taken into custody, he was in possession of tickets to the Lana Del Rey concert and a knife. In court, Hunt told a judge he spent $100 for the Uber that took him to the show. He told the judge he had pictures he drew for Del Rey.

"I was surrounded by a bunch of detectives and officers and (they) put me in handcuffs," Hunt told the judge.

He continued, "I said I'm dressed for the concert and I said I'm going to the concert. There's not warrants for my arrest. What could I possibly be doing wrong," he told the judge.

Police say that at no time was Hunt able to make contact with the singer to follow through in his threats. Lana Del Rey's concert when on as scheduled Friday.

Hunt was arrested for Aggravated Stalking with a Credible Threat and Attempted Kidnapping with a Weapon. Hunt is currently being held in Orange County Jail on no bond.

Hunt has a criminal history with 61 felony convictions that range from drug charges to violent crimes per the Orlando Police Department. Hunt has 13 arrests in Hillsborough County.

ABC Action News attempted to speak to Hunt's family over the phone; they told us they did not want to speak about him or the arrest.