A Texas man was arrested in Florida after incorporating death threats into a negative hotel review.
Joseph Lee McKinney, 40, had a very bad stay at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel. So bad, apparently, that he made death threats when posting an online review about his stay. The review quickly disappeared, but Cocoa Beach Police later stated:
The review contained threatening language that made reference to an ‘active shooter style’ event at the hotel. Police remained on the property throughout the night until investigators could locate McKinney.
McKinney was tracked down to a cruise ship. When the oceanliner returned to Port Canaveral, police were waiting and promptly arrested McKinney. He was charged with making written threats to kill, do bodily injury or conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism. Police transported him to jail where he is being held on $25,000 in bail.
It should go without saying that no matter how bad your stay at hotel is, it is always unwise to threaten a mass shooting on TripAdvisor. In an era of mass shootings, police were prudent in taking the threat seriously, even if it was meant as a joke. Still, I wonder what happened at the Hilton Cocoa Beach to prompt such a bad review…