Texas man, 40, is arrested after ‘threatening an active shooter-style event’ when writing a negative online review for a Florida hotel he stayed in
- Joseph Lee McKinney, 40, was arrested after getting off a cruise ship in Florida
- McKinney allegedly threatened to shoot up a hotel in a review of the facility
- McKinney supposedly sent the review to Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel
- Police had to stay at the hotel overnight until McKinney was tracked down
- McKinney, from Texas, was located on board a cruise ship and arrested Saturday morning when it docked in Florida’s Port Canaveral
A Texas man was arrested after allegedly threatening an ‘active shooter’-type event in a review of a Florida hotel he didn’t enjoy staying at.
Police said Joseph Lee McKinney, 40, of Leander, Texas, was arrested Saturday morning in Port Canaveral, Florida, after he got off a cruise ship, according to Space Coast Daily.
McKinney was charged with written threats to kill, do bodily injury or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism for allegedly sending written threats to the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Authorities said that workers at the Hilton hotel reported receiving an electronic guest review from McKinney on Friday, in which he supposedly claimed to be unhappy about his recent stay at the hotel.
Joseph Lee McKinney, 40, was arrested after he allegedly sent a negative review to a Florida Hilton hotel in which he threatened an ‘active shooter-style’ event
Workers at Florida’s Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel reported the negative review to police. Authorities then track down McKinney on a cruise ship and arrested him Saturday
‘The review contained threatening language that made reference to an “active shooter style” event at the hotel,’ Cocoa Beach Police Sgt. Manny Hernandez told the newspaper.
Police stayed at the hotel overnight until investigators were able to track down McKinney.
Several law enforcement agencies worked together to determine that McKinney was on board a cruise ship and then arrested him when the cruise ship stopped at Port Canaveral.
Cocoa Beach Police Chief Scott Rosenfeld said that McKinney’s arrest should ‘send a message that we have zero tolerance for any threat of mass violence.’
Brevard County Jail records indicate that McKinney is still in custody and is awaiting trial. He is being held on a $25,000 bond.