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Florida Man Accused of Hitting and Threatening An EPCOT Security Guard

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Orlando resident Enrico Toro, 35, was arrested on August 14 after he allegedly hit an EPCOT Security Guard after he was asked to follow Walt Disney World’s face covering regulations.

Enrico Toro (Courtesy Orange County Corrections) Orlando Sentinel

According to Orlando Sentinel, the incident happened around 4:40 PM on August 14th when Mr. Toro, his wife and children entered the EPCOT security area wearing masks that were considered “improper.”

The family apparently went back to their vehicle and returned to the security area, but one child had a mask that still did not fit the criteria Walt Disney World had set. According to the arrest report when the security guard told them this Mr. Toro allegedly “began cussing” and instructed them to “Call the police” because “They will have to shoot me to leave.”

According to the report the security guard reached for his phone to report the situation to a supervisor when Mr. Toro struck his head with an “open hand.” Mr. Toro’s wife pushed her husband away from the security guard.

At this point “The male continued cussing at (the security guard) and began threatening that he knew where he lived and was going to kill him.” At this point Mr. Toro’s wife convinced him to leave and they walked off, back towards the parking area.

The security guard was not injured, but he did press charges. According to the report there were three witnesses to the incident as well. Their statements reportedly collaborate the security guards claims that Mr. Toro was “irate, use profanity and hit the guard.”

Mr. Toro’s statement in the incident report was different. He alleges that the Security Guard swore at him and they had a verbal argument, but that was it.

Toro has been charged with misdemeanor battery.

Disney Spokesperson Andrea Finger gave this statement to the Orlando Sentinel:

“We expect guests to treat our cast members with courtesy and respect, and while the vast majority of guests have adapted to our new measures, this unfortunate case required law enforcement.”

Lately there have been a lot of frustrations about masks requirements. Disney has made their rules clear and they are sticking to those rules.

What do you think? Comment and let us know.

Source: Orlando Sentinel


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