COCOA BEACH, Florida – A 40-year-old Texas man was arrested for allegedly threatening an “active shooter style” event in his review of a hotel in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Joseph Lee McKinney was taken into custody as he disembarked from a cruise ship at Port Canaveral, Florida on Saturday, August 24, 2019.
Police say that McKinney sent written threats of violence to the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel located at 1550 North Atlantic Avenue on Friday, August 23, 2019.
Cocoa Beach Police responded to the hotel after Hilton personnel received an electronic guest review expressing McKinney’s displeasure toward his recent stay.
The review contained threatening language that made reference to an “active shooter style” event at the hotel.
Cocoa Beach Police remained on the property throughout the night until investigators could locate McKinney.
Detectives worked with several federal law enforcement agencies and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to locate McKinney on a cruise ship and subsequently coordinated his arrest upon arrival at Port Canaveral.
“Let this arrest send a message that we have zero tolerance for any threat of mass violence,” said Cocoa Beach Police Chief Scott Rosenfeld.
“The safety of our community is paramount, and we, as well as our law enforcement partners, are committed to carrying out that mission.”
McKinney was charged with Written Threats to Kill, Do Bodily Injury, or Conduct a Mass Shooting or an Act of Terrorism and transported to the Brevard County Jail on a $25,000 bond.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Cocoa Beach Police Department at 321-868-3251 or call CrimeLine at 1-800-423-TIPS.