Police: Leander man accused of threatening to shoot up Florida hotel


COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP/ KXAN) — Police have linked a Leander man to guest reviews that threatened an “active shooter-style” event at a Florida hotel.

Cocoa Beach police said they arrested 40-year-old Joseph Lee McKinney on Saturday after he stepped off a cruise ship docked at Port Canaveral on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. He faces charges that include written threats to kill, do bodily injury, or conduct a mass shooting.

(Image from Brevard County Jail Records)

Authorities say the threats were sent to the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel on Aug. 23 as electronic guest reviews. McKinney expressed displeasure over a recent stay at the hotel.

Florida Today reports the review threatened violence, which prompted police to stay at the property as law enforcement tracked down McKinney.

Brevard County Jail records show McKinney bonded out of jail Sunday night. His bond was listed as $25,000.

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