A 22-year-old Canadian man has been arrested on an outstanding warrant for allegedly making a the in 2019. at at
Matthew Carney was arrested at the Ogdensburg, , Port of Entry, at the -Canada border by agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection. Border agents confirmed the outstanding warrant for Carney’s arrest out of Florida and transferred him to the Ogdensburg Department.
Carney was working as a Cast Member at the when he allegedly made the at the Florida parks. He is currently in the custody of the St. Lawrence Sheriff’s Office.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release reads as follows:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the of Entry arrested a 22-year-old male, Canadian citizen who had an outstanding felony warrant out of Florida.
On May 16, CBP officers encountered a passenger vehicle occupied by a Canadian Citizen traveling alone. During the inspection process, it was discovered that the driver of the vehicle, Matthew Carney, had an active National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warrant issued by the , in Florida for issuing a Sheriff’s Office to staff. The warrant stemmed from an incident in 2019, while Carney was employed by .
“This incident highlights the continued work that CBP does alongside our many partners, playing a vital role in maintaining the safety of our communities,” said Director Thomas Trimboli.
In 2019, Carney, age 19 at the time, allegedly told a security guard standing outside at “I have a .” He further told the security guard, “I am going to blow up the castle,” according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.
The security guard took Carney to her manager at , and he made another statement to the manager about his desire to “blow up the castle.” In the Sheriff’s Office report, the Security manager said that Carney “had a straight face, was not laughing, and appeared to be serious while making these statements.”
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When Carney was searched by an , he was found to have two cell phones on his person: one that was on and one that was “not operable.”
Charges were officially filed by the State Attorney’s Office more than a year after the alleged took place, in August 2020 according to court records online.
Late Tuesday afternoon, an attorney representing Carney filed a motion for him to be released on his own recognizance.
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The attorney’s motion states that Carney was participating in Disney’s internship program at the time the alleged incident took place and that he was not arrested during that investigation. The attorney also asserts in her motion that Carney had “no knowledge” of any outstanding warrant for his arrest, that he had no knowledge of the delayed filing of charges by the State Attorney’s Office, and that he has graduated from college since the alleged incident took place.