An Arizona man is under arrest after creating a panic by falsely telling guests there was an active shooter at their Florida hotel.
The 22-year-old suspect was arrested early Monday after he allegedly told guests at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort about an active shooter in order to get their reactions on video, WKMG ClickOrlando reported.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Dillion Burch informed a woman at the hotel’s front desk about what he had been telling guests, explaining that he had a YouTube channel. The arrest report indicated that the woman then notified the on-duty manager that Burch had been falsely telling guests the hotel was on lockdown due to an active shooter.
According to WKMG:
Other guests told authorities they had been approached by a man who was intoxicated and was saying there was an active shooter or an emergency, and that they needed to evacuate. He later admitted that it was a joke, the witnesses told authorities, and that he was doing an experiment for his YouTube channel.
When the manager approached Burch and asked him why, he said he was working on a school project in which he had to record people’s reactions when they find out an emergency is happening, deputies said.
After being informed by the manager that he was not allowed to make the false statements and that sheriff’s deputies were en route to speak with him, Burch announced he was leaving. He reportedly took off running into the parking lot as he exited the hotel lobby and say police car lights.
Hotel security later found the suspect hiding in the bushes on the property and informed deputies who arrived to find Burch crawling out from his hiding spot, WKMG reported.
A search of the suspect turned up a beer can in his red backpack and Burch was taken into custody.
Burch was charged with disturbing the peace at a public lodging and disorderly intoxication as well as being banned from Walt Disney World property. He pleaded no contest to both charges after his appearance in court Tuesday, but the judge adjudicated him guilty and he was sentenced to three days in jail.
— WESH 2 News (@WESH) May 30, 2018
Burch had no comment to a WESH-TV reporter as he exited the jail on Tuesday.
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