Investigators: Brick man told Disney greeters he'd ‘blow the place up’
Investigators in Florida say they've arrested an Ocean County tourist who told greeters at a Disney World resort that al-Qaida sent him to "blow the place up."
Orange County Sheriff's deputies arrested 56-year-old Gregory Lazarchick of Brick Township on Tuesday on a charge of making a false bomb threat.
An arrest report says Lazarchick made the threat on July 21 at Saratoga Springs Resort as employees were asking guests about their day, and then told them he wasn't joking.
“My heart really breaks for the family,” says Mary Kelly, who lives on the same street as Lazarchick in Brick.
Kelly says that Lazarchick has always been a great neighbor. She says that he had recently endured some serious health problems and the death of his wife.
News outlets report Lazarchick later admitted to saying something about al-Qaida when deputies spoke to him. But he said he didn't remember exactly what he said. He was remorseful and apologetic.
No bomb-making materials were found in his room.
Lazarchick's sister told investigators he suffered a head injury and sometimes says inappropriate things.
He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges.
Disney has not commented on the incident.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.