A fugitive of the State of Florida who threatened to blow up Cinderella Castle at The Walt Disney World Resort was arrested on Monday, May 16, trying to leave the country.
According to a report released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection,
On May 16, CBP officers encountered a passenger vehicle occupied by a Canadian Citizen traveling alone. During the inspection process, it was discovered that the driver of the vehicle, Matthew Carney, had an active National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warrant issued by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, in Florida for issuing a bomb threat to Disney World staff. The warrant stemmed from an incident in 2019, while Carney was employed by Walt Disney World.
Carney is a 22-year-old Canadian citizen who, in 2019, allegedly told a security guard outside Magic Kingdom Park, “I have a bomb” and that “I am going to blow up the castle.”
According to Fox35, Carney was a part of Disney’s Internship Program at the time and made his declaration and “had a straight face, was not laughing and appeared to be serious while making these statements.” Only two cell phones were found on his person. He was released from custody and charges were not officially filed by Florida’s State Attorney’s Office in August 2020. It is unclear at this time if Carney faced any reprimands from Disney.
“This incident highlights the continued work that CBP does alongside our many law enforcement partners, playing a vital role in maintaining the safety of our communities,” said Ogdensburg Port Director Thomas Trimboli.
Carney’s lawyer has already requested that her client be released on his own recognizance, stating that he had “no knowledge” that there was even a warrant out for his arrest.
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